Our latest edition of NBA Total Team Value Rankings brings a change at the top. The Phoenix Suns are 7 games above .500, and their per player production is superseding their current payroll (second lowest in the NBA), making them currently the best valued team. Even with the loss of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers find themselves at #2 this week even with a payroll of $27 million more than the Suns. The Denver Nuggest crack the Top 5 for the first time this season.
Week 8 Risers
No team had a bigger rise in Week 8 than the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors, who have 7 players with a positive TVS. Despite Josh Smith having a relatively large TVS (-1.45) due to a cap hit of $13.5 million the Pistons find themselves at #10. Meanwhile, the Raptors didn't have a player with a cap hit over $7.5 million and the Rudy Gay trade seems to have paid dividends thus far with Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson having a postive TVS.
Another large riser is the Portland Trail Blazers, who were dead last in week 7, have found themselves up 13 spots at #17. Damian Lillard continues to be an asset for the Trail Blazers as their best valued player.
Week 8 Fallers
The New York Knicks had the largest fall in week 8, having fallen 20 spots. This is due in part to the four largest salaries (Stoudemire, Bargnani, Anthony, and Chandler) on the team all had a negative TVS, the largest begin Amar'e Stoudemire, fourth worst value for a player.
The Indiana Pacers, falling 19 spots, had such a large drop due to the fact that Danny Granger returned to the line up with the second largest cap hit on the team and had one of the lowest player efficiencies of all qualifying players.
The Brooklyn Nets had the second largest fall, falling 18 spots. This is due to the Nets having four players in the bottom 15. Large contract salaries in 2013-2014, three of which are in the top 20 cap hits, and a decline in production have led the Nets to a 9-19 start - an extreme disappointment for the amount of experience and star power on that team.
Related: How are these rankings determined?
|RANK||Team||Qualified Payroll||Worst value||Best Value||Team TVS|
|$27,175,846||Channing Frye||Miles Plumlee||4.47|
|$32,951,836||Pau Gasol||Jordan Farmar||4.2|
|$28,184,830||Thaddeus Young||Lavoy Allen||3.84|
|$46,689,110||Dwight Howard||Chandler Parsons||3.59|
|$44,215,884||Ty Lawson||Kenneth Faried||2.85|
|$43,530,660||Zach Randolph||James Johnson||2.8|
|$56,508,028||Tony Parker||Patty Mills||2.16|
|$32,969,413||Jameer Nelson||E'Twaun Moore||1.85|
|$49,716,273||Al Horford||Mike Scott||1.18|
|$46,942,780||Josh Smith||Kyle Singler||1.17|
|$61,920,620||Dirk Nowitzki||DeJuan Blair||0.68|
|$40,412,676||Richard Jefferson||Jeremy Evans||0.66|
|$42,070,300||Ersan Ilyasova||Nate Wolters||0.65|
|$41,146,569||John Salmons||Greivis Vasquez||0.44|
|$59,882,773||Eric Gordon||Jason Smith||0.32|
|$72,119,557||Chris Bosh||Michael Beasley||-0.08|
|$50,455,887||Nicolas Batum||Damian Lillard||-0.09|
|$53,467,828||Nikola Pekovic||Robbie Hummel||-0.11|
|$44,452,557||Blake Griffin||Darren Collison||-0.55|
|$49,085,740||Rudy Gay||Isaiah Thomas||-0.86|
|$49,010,635||Gerald Wallace||Phil Pressey||-0.87|
|$52,179,293||Ben Gordon||Anthony Tolliver||-1.3|
|$58,750,422||Carlos Boozer||D.J. Augustin||-1.55|
|$56,751,614||Andre Iguodala||Draymond Green||-2.23|
|$66,436,331||Kendrick Perkins||Reggie Jackson||-2.39|
|$84,493,064||Amar'e Stoudemire||Kenyon Martin||-3.47|
|$97,059,952||Joe Johnson||Shaun Livingston||-6.4|
|$54,428,504||Anthony Bennett||Matthew Dellavedova||-9.89|
|$63,117,139||Danny Granger||Lance Stephenson||-23.56|
Spotrac's True Value Statistic is determined by comparing an indiviudal player's current statistical production to the average player's production. The same comparison is made in terms of financial figures (2013 cap value). To find a team's overall True Value Statistic, we take the TVS from each indvidiual starting players plus any bench player with at least 12 MPG to find a total value number for that particular team.
We found all players that had a starting role within the last two weeks as well as any player that came off the bench with at least 12 minutes per game player, equivalent to having played at least one quarter per game).
The average team True Value was -0.76. This means that any team Total TVS that at -0.76 is playing at their financial value. Teams that have a higher TVS than -0.76 are playing above their financial value, while below -0.76 are overpaying for the production that is currently being produced.
Simply put, we're looking at how a team is producing based on the financial spending of their current roster. Because of this, our list varies when looking at the Win/Loss record. A team like the Philadelphia 76ers may seem unworthy at #3 with a 8-20 record, but in terms of the stat product/dollars allocated, they're outperforming the majority of their oppoents. On the contrary a team like the Indiana Pacers, currently 23-5 in the standings, appears to be overpaying/underproducing most of their players.