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"Jermaine O’Neal was paid more than $19 million last season. But his Wins Production was in the negative range. Consequently he cost the Pacers more than $20 million (and yet the Pacers only missed the playoffs by one game)."
The last player I want to talk about is All-Rookie first team member, Jeff Green. Green had a very poor rookie campaign and was one of the big reasons the Sonics last season in Seattle went so badly. Although he was only paid $3 million, his -3.8 Wins Produced means he was overpaid by more than $9 million. Again, it is hard for a player working under a rookie contract to be overpaid. These contracts are designed to exploit the players. For Green (and Bargnani) to manage to be overpaid by such a large margin is truly remarkable.
Good reason why sports and science rarely agree with each other... who in the world would say that Green has a "very poor" rookie season? I thought he and Durant both played very well for rookies....
I didn't want to start a thread on this, but since you brought it up:
I was looking at the top individual salaries on HoopsHype last night, and I realized something. In 2 years, the last year of Jermaine's contract, he will be the 3rd highest paid player in the league, behind Kobe and TMac.