We often say that Dennis Lindsey is a wizard. It’s true. The Utah Jazz General Manager has been very smart, he and his scouts have made more hits than misses, and his number crunchers haven’t made mistakes. (So I guess, he’s a Wizard who specialized in the school of Divination?) Cap Guru, and member of the GOAT group at Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, Bobby Marks tweeted out the salaries of the eight Western Conference NBA Playoff teams.
West: Team Salary— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 16, 2017
1. LAC $114.7m
2. POR $112.9m
3. MEM $111.3m
4. SAS $108.4m
5. GSW $99.9m
6. OKC $91.3m
7. HOU $91.0m
8. UTH $80.5m
The Jazz look like the best value here, but that’s just because they are cheap and have a number of guys who are under paid (either because they were undrafted guys, second round guys, or on rookie contracts). What happens when we look at their values when judged by the wins they have:
So, unless you really want to count the team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green —it’s fair to say that the Utah Jazz are the best bang for the buck.
The Jazz cost the Miller Family about $1.55 million per win. That’s almost a million less than what Steve Balmer is paying for his Los Angeles Clippers. ($0.70 Million difference, one fewer win by the way)
Of course, this is going to change next season with Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Joe Ingles, Jeff Withey and others who are free agents this summer. But Lindsey is a wizard. I am sure he has some charm spells ready for negotiations!