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We’ve got a lot of numbers to look at here. First let’s check out the overall highest paid players. A few points to make about this list is that you’ve got Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming out for the Rockets which will of course skew their numbers and the same goes for Gilbert Arenas with his suspension.

Player Team Years Salary Games PPG
Tracy McGrady Rockets $23,239,561 6 3.2
Kobe Bryant Lakers $23,034,375 47 28.2
Jermaine O’Neal Heat $22,995,000 43 12.8
Tim Duncan Spurs $22,183,218 42 19.8
Shaquille O’Neal Cavaliers $20,000,000 42 11.5
Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks $19,795,714 46 25.1
Paul Pierce Celtics $19,795,712 39 19.1
Ray Allen Celtics $19,766,860 44 15.9
Rashard Lewis Magic $18,876,000 37 15
Michael Redd Bucks $17,040,000 18 11.9
Pau Gasol Lakers $16,451,250 30 17.6
Andrei Kirilenko Jazz $16,451,250 40 11.8
Kevin Garnett Celtics $16,400,000 33 14.7
Yao Ming Rockets $16,378,325 0 0
Amare Stoudemire Suns $16,378,325 48 20.6
Vince Carter Magic $16,300,000 39 15.9
Gilbert Arenas Wizards $16,192,080 32 22.6
Zach Randolph Grizzlies $16,000,000 46 21
Carmelo Anthony Nuggests $15,779,912 38 29.7
LeBron James Cavaliers $15,779,912 48 29.4
Chris Bosh Raptors $15,779,912 47 24
Dwyane Wade Heat $15,779,912 47 27.1
Kenyon Martin Nuggests $15,363,636 43 11.5
Dwight Howard Magic $15,133,800 47 17.7
Joe Johnson Hawks $14,976,754 46 21.4
Elton Brand 76ers $14,858,471 42 14.2
Peja Stojakovic Hornets $14,202,000 45 11.7
Richard Jefferson Spurs $14,200,000 44 12.5
Larry Hughes Knicks $13,655,268 29 9.8
Chris Paul Hornets $13,655,268 38 20.4



If you take these players and and sort them by how much they earn per point scored it now looks like this:

Player Earned Per Point
Carmelo Anthony $6,479
LeBron James $6,546
Dwyane Wade $7,101
Chris Bosh $8,018
Chris Paul $8,163
Joe Johnson $8,535
Zach Randolph $9,292
Dirk Nowitzki $9,618
Amare Stoudemire $9,696
Kobe Bryant $9,961
Dwight Howard $10,427
Pau Gasol $11,399
Vince Carter $12,502
Paul Pierce $12,639
Elton Brand $12,761
Kevin Garnett $13,605
Tim Duncan $13,663
Richard Jefferson $13,854
Peja Stojakovic $14,803
Ray Allen $15,161
Rashard Lewis $15,346
Kenyon Martin $16,292
Larry Hughes $16,993
Andrei Kirilenko $17,002
Michael Redd $17,463
Shaquille O’Neal $21,209
Jermaine O’Neal $21,908
Gilbert Arenas $22,389
Tracy McGrady $88,565
Yao Ming $0




Now if you take that one step further and calculate the amount of  points each will total over the course of the season and divide that into the amount per point, you get the following:

Carmelo Anthony 2.66
LeBron James 2.72
Dwyane Wade 3.20
Chris Bosh 4.07
Kobe Bryant 4.31
Dirk Nowitzki 4.67
Joe Johnson 4.86
Chris Paul 4.88
Zach Randolph 5.40
Amare Stoudemire 5.74
Dwight Howard 7.18
Pau Gasol 7.90
Paul Pierce 8.07
Tim Duncan 8.42
Vince Carter 9.59
Elton Brand 10.96
Kevin Garnett 11.29
Ray Allen 11.63
Rashard Lewis 12.48
Richard Jefferson 13.52
Peja Stojakovic 15.43
Kenyon Martin 17.28
Andrei Kirilenko 17.57
Michael Redd 17.90
Jermaine O’Neal 20.87
Larry Hughes 21.15
Shaquille O’Neal 22.49
Gilbert Arenas 30.20
Tracy McGrady 337.52
Yao Ming 0.00
Player
Yao Ming 0.00
Carmelo Anthony 2.66
LeBron James 2.72
Dwyane Wade 3.20
Chris Bosh 4.07
Kobe Bryant 4.31
Dirk Nowitzki 4.67
Joe Johnson 4.86
Chris Paul 4.88
Zach Randolph 5.40
Amare Stoudemire 5.74
Dwight Howard 7.18
Pau Gasol 7.90
Paul Pierce 8.07
Tim Duncan 8.42
Vince Carter 9.59
Elton Brand 10.96
Kevin Garnett 11.29
Ray Allen 11.63
Gilbert Arenas 12.08
Rashard Lewis 12.48
Richard Jefferson 13.52
Peja Stojakovic 15.43
Kenyon Martin 17.28
Andrei Kirilenko 17.57
Michael Redd 17.90
Jermaine O’Neal 20.87
Larry Hughes 21.15
Shaquille O’Neal 22.49
Tracy McGrady 337.52


So from that we can deduce that the best deal of the top paid NBA players is as follows, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Joe Johnson, Chris Paul, Zach Randolph, Amare Stoudemire.


Now let’s look at the top 30 scorers from the NBA.

Player Team Salary Games PPG
Carmelo Anthony Nuggets $15,779,912 38 29.7
LeBron James Cavaliers $15,779,912 48 29.4
Kevin Durant Thunder $4,796,880 46 29.3
Kobe Bryant Lakers $23,034,375 47 28.2
Dwyane Wade Heat $15,779,912 47 27.1
Monta Ellis Warriors $11,000,000 43 25.9
Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks $19,795,714 46 25.1
Chris Bosh Raptors $15,779,912 47 24
Brandon Roy Trailblazers $3,910,816 40 23.1
Antawn Jamison Wizards $11,641,095 37 21.5
Joe Johnson Hawks $14,976,754 46 21.4
Zach Randolph Grizzlies $16,000,000 46 21
Corey Maggette Warriors $8,937,931 44 20.6
Amare Stoudemire Suns $16,378,325 48 20.6
Tyreke Evans Kings $3,610,080 42 20.5
Stephen Jackson Bobcats $7,650,000 46 20.3
Chris Kaman Clippers $10,400,000 41 20.2
Rudy Gay Grizzlies $3,280,996 44 19.9
Tim Duncan Spurs $22,183,218 42 19.8
David Lee Knicks $7,000,000 46 19.7
Derrick Rose Bulls $5,184,480 45 19.7
Gerald Wallace Bobcats $9,075,000 45 19.3
Carlos Boozer Jazz $12,657,233 45 19.2
Paul Pierce Celtics $19,795,712 39 19.1
Aaron Brooks Rockets $1,118,520 46 19
Deron Williams Jazz $13,520,500 41 19
Brook Lopez Nets $2,255,880 45 18.9
Steve Nash Suns $13,125,000 48 18.5
O.J. Mayo Grizzlies $4,165,560 46 18.3
David West Hornets $9,075,000 46 18


And if you sort them per price per point you get:

Aaron Brooks $718
Brook Lopez $1,456
Kevin Durant $1,997
Rudy Gay $2,011
Brandon Roy $2,065
Tyreke Evans $2,148
O.J. Mayo $2,776
Derrick Rose $3,209
David Lee $4,333
Stephen Jackson $4,596
Monta Ellis $5,179
Corey Maggette $5,291
Gerald Wallace $5,734
David West $6,148
Chris Kaman $6,279
Carmelo Anthony $6,479
LeBron James $6,546
Antawn Jamison $6,603
Dwyane Wade $7,101
Chris Bosh $8,018
Carlos Boozer $8,039
Joe Johnson $8,535
Steve Nash $8,652
Deron Williams $8,678
Zach Randolph $9,292
Dirk Nowitzki $9,618
Amare Stoudemire $9,696
Kobe Bryant $9,961
Paul Pierce $12,639
Tim Duncan $13,663


And again, if you figure the total points they’ll score over the season and divide that into the price per point you come up with the following rankings:

Aaron Brooks 0.461
Kevin Durant 0.831
Brook Lopez 0.939
Brandon Roy 1.09
Rudy Gay 1.232
Tyreke Evans 1.278
O.J. Mayo 1.85
Derrick Rose 1.987
Monta Ellis 2.439
Carmelo Anthony 2.661
David Lee 2.682
LeBron James 2.715
Stephen Jackson 2.761
Corey Maggette 3.132
Dwyane Wade 3.195
Gerald Wallace 3.623
Antawn Jamison 3.745
Chris Kaman 3.791
Chris Bosh 4.074
David West 4.166
Kobe Bryant 4.308
Dirk Nowitzki 4.673
Joe Johnson 4.864
Carlos Boozer 5.106
Zach Randolph 5.396
Deron Williams 5.57
Steve Nash 5.703
Amare Stoudemire 5.74
Paul Pierce 8.07
Tim Duncan 8.415


So after all of these numbers we can deduce (lucky for the Rockets) that the best overall deal in the NBA (by a long shot) is Aaron Brooks. He is almost 7x as good a deal as LeBron James. That of course is considering the annual cost of Aaron times his production. The biggest factor is that he earns only $1 million a year whereas most other players are earning much much more than this.

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