The best bargain in the NBA

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Halfway through his best season to date, Kendrick Perkins is quietly emerging as arguably the best bargain in the NBA today. Let that sink in for a second, nod your head, can you feel it? Of course you can.

While some of you will immediately look at the raw numbers and say, “hold on there Jack, what about Rajon Rondo?” I’ll say, “chill out son.” While its true that Rondo, at $1.3 million a season, may be the best bargain in terms of price vs. output, and quite frankly I’m not willing to dig into other guys in the NBA who may be making less money, because none of them are starting point guards on the best team in the league. The fact of the matter is that Rajon will likely sign a very lucrative deal either this off-season, or next. Further, I’m discounting anyone who is still on their rookie deal because those players tend to be a bargain by design. Therefore, for the sake of this exercise we’re going to look at Kendrick Perkins’ salary measured against five or six of his colleagues with commensurate production, and/or experience. The results are…shocking. Further, I’m happy to say that it looks like the hardest working man in the NBA will soon be in line for a very substantial pay raise. Let’s go to the numbers…

Andrew Bogut, C, Milwaukee Bucks, Season avg: 11 points, 10 rebounds, >1 bpg.
Bogut signed a five-year $60 million deal this summer, with an additional $12 million in incentives. Assuming he hits half of those incentives, that’s a total of $66 million over a five year period for an average salary of $13.2 million per season.

Anderson Varejao, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers, Season avg: 9 points, 7 rebounds, >1 bpg
After a long holdout last summer Sideshow Bob signed a three year $17.4 million contract for an average of $5.8 million a year. The deal, which is a veritable hallmark to fiscal sanity (finally) when it comes to big men contains an out-clause this summer, meaning the Brazilian born Varejao will have the ability to shop his services again, probably for a lot more money. Remember also that Varejao is a backup.

Emeka Okafor, C, Charlotte Bobcats, Season avg: 13 points, 10 boards, 2 blocks
Okafor just recently signed a six year $72 million deal with the Cats for an average of $12 million per season.

Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic, Season avg: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks
Howard signed a five year $85 million contract last season for an average of $17 million.

Andrew Bynum, C, Los Angeles Lakers, Season avg: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
The most overrated product to come out of Los Angeles since the gawdawful movie “Crash” signed a four year $57.4 million this fall, for an average of $14 million per season. And they’re happy about this in LA, which goes to show you that 74 degrees and sunny makes you a fuckin’ retard.

Samuel Dalembert, C, Philadelphia 76ers, Season avg: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Dalembert makes 11.2 million a year, which means the Sixers are doing more for Haiti than the Bush administration did in eight years.

Al Jefferson, C, Minnesota Timberwolves, Season avg: 23 points, 11 rebounds >2 bpg
Big Al signed a contract that averages out to $13 million over the next five years last season. By far the most bang for the buck of any player on this list except….

Kendrick Perkins, C, Boston Celtics, Season avg: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Perk is about halfway through a contract that pays him just north of $4 million a year, which he signed two seasons ago.

The average salary of the above players minus Perkins is $12 million a season, and if you’ll notice the numbers don’t always reflect the skill level or production of each player. After all, compare Al Jefferson to Bogut or Okafor, or Bynum and he looks like a bargain. However, nobody compares to Perkins who is making the equivalent of minimum wage for what has been a very productive season. Therefore, among other accolades we have hoisted upon him to date, Perkins is in our opinion the best bargain in the NBA.

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