Obviously that title is for that Google SEO stuff, but the rest of this (hopefully short) post is for the rest of the NBA family. The NBA game is one of head liners. The guys who make the most points get the most screen time. They also usually get paid the most too. As of this writing there are 80 guys who have qualified to score between 8.0 ppg and 13.9 ppg. They are a healthy mix of bigmen, wings, and point guards. Many of them veterans, a few former All-Stars; and there are quite a few guys on their rookie contracts as well. It's a big mix of players. And here are the numbers:
- Total n = 80 (Bigmen n = 22; Point Guards n = 21; Wings n = 38)
- Total Averages: 10.5 ppg; $5.8m
- Bigmen Averages: 10.6 ppg, $8.3m
- Point Guards Averages: 10.3 ppg, $4.1m
- Wings Averages: 10.5 ppg, $5.2m
It should be no surprise that bigs get paid the most. But let's further refine this to look at veterans (guys not on their rookie contracts), okay?
- Veteran n = 52 (15 bigs, 12 pgs, 25 wings)
- Veterans: 10.6 ppg, $7.8m
- Veteran Bigs: 10.7 ppg, $11.2m
- Veteran Points: 10.0 ppg, $5.7m
- Veteran Wings: 10.9 ppg, $6.7m
Wow, that's not a very large disparity in points, however veteran bigs get paid quite a bit. Where does SG/SF C.J. Miles have to fit into this? Well, the 24 year old is averaging 10.3 ppg (slightly below average overall, and just for veterans), but he's doing it at a virtual steal of $3.7 m. Yes, Veteran wings score 0.6 more points per game, but they also play (on average) more mpg than he does *and* they make $3.0 m more than he does. Thanks, I'll take C.J. instead.
The full list of players used after the jump...
Yes, I am crazy...