This summer we had one of the most interesting NBA offseasons we’ve seen in a long time with some pretty big names moving around the league. And with the 2012-13 NBA season now underway, it’s the perfect time to take a look at what the top players in the league will be earning this year.
However, I’m not only going to provide you with the players’ salaries for this season. I’m also going to provide you with a stat that will give you a rough idea of the value teams are getting for their money. That stat is basketball-reference.com’s “Win Shares.”
Now, I know advanced stats can be confusing, and this one can be especially so, since a player’s value doesn’t always correlate perfectly with the number of points he scores per game. However, the fact is, when you add up the “Win Shares” of every player on a team, the vast majority of the time that sum is within 2 or 3 games of the team’s actual win total. That means it is a fairly accurate measurement, and thus very suitable for our purposes of getting an idea of how much bang teams are getting for their bucks.
So, are you ready to see who’s making the big money this year in the NBA? Then let’s get to it.