NBA teams’ spending efficiency: dollars over salary floor per win

Recently, I published my third annual spending efficiency report for each NBA team, measuring each franchise’s “dollars per win” in the 2015-16 season. One interesting comment I received was that the analysis would be more informative if instead of dollars per win, it was “dollars over the salary floor” per win. Only one team (the Trail Blazers) was below the salary floor, and they still managed to make the playoffs, so they would end up … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2015-16: dollars per win

I don’t write about the NBA often, especially about things other than the Philadelphia 76ers, but when I do, it’s mostly about analytics. That’s what my annual “dollars per win” pieces are about. If you’re unfamiliar with these pieces, my article on the 2013-14 season is here and the one on the 2014-15 season is here. The last two years, I calculated each team’s dollars/win at the all-star break as well as the end of the … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2014-15: dollars per win (end of year edition)

The playoffs are already in full swing, but let’s take a break from the action and take a look at how efficient NBA teams were at spending this year. As I did last year and at the All-Star break this year, I measured the spending of NBA teams by calculating their dollars per win. After updating all the teams’ win totals and salaries, I recalculated their dollars per win to determine how they did by the … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2014-15: dollars per win

To some teams, spending more money means a higher chance that the team will win more games. In other sports, this has proven to sometimes be true and sometimes be false. The NBA is not exempt from this. Last year, the Knicks and Nets had two of the highest payrolls in the league, but were both average or worse as a team. Plus, they were in the eastern conference, which has been very weak in … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 Top 50 players

Here are my rankings for the top 50 players in the league. They use the same scoring system as I did for all of the individual position lists, I just compiled them and found the 50 players with the highest score. Here’s the list in increasing order of ranking: 50. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs Stats: 16.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 5.7 APG 49. PF Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets Stats: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #1-10

10. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic Stats: 14.2 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.8 APG Vucevic is quickly establishing himself as one of the top centers in the league and a guaranteed double double. It was his second year in a row averaging a double double. His rebounding numbers dropped a bit, but his scoring increased a bit as well. He missed a whole stretch of games due to an injury last year though, but I expect him … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #11-20

20. J.J. Hickson, Denver Nuggets Stats: 11.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 APG Hickson came in as the starting center for Denver after an injury took out Javale McGee for the rest of the season, and he excelled. In his first year for the Nuggets he averaged close to a double double in 69 games and 52 starts. His stats did decrease a little bit from two years ago when he was in Portland and averaged … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #21-30

30. Kris Humphries, Boston Celtics Stats: 8.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.0 APG It’s easy to forget that Humphries had back-to-back seasons where he averaged a double double. While last season was not one of those years for him, he still contributed in an efficient way. He had a PER of 18.28 and averaged a fair amount of production for only getting 20 MPG. He shot just over 50% and set a career high in FT% … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: centers #31-40

Here is the beginning of the list for the final position: centers. As usual, I will split the list into four separate posts with 10 players each. After that, I will give a list of the top 50 players overall. Here are the first ten guys: 40. Jason Smith, New Orleans Pelicans Stats: 9.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.9 APG For one reason or another, Jason Smith almost always finds himself on the bench. More often … Continue reading

NBA 2013-2014 position rankings: power forwards #1-10

10. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder Stats: 15.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.0 APG For a while Ibaka was known for just his shot-blocking, but last year was a breakthrough in multiple areas, and it pushed him into the top 10 power forwards in the league. He averaged the most PPG of his career while still maintaining over 50% shooting, and he showed that he can knock down a 3-pointer once in a while if need … Continue reading