The Best Bargains in the NBA--By Bill Simmons
The Best Bargains in the NBA
With the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement in full swing, it's all about the contracts
By Bill Simmons on March 1, 2013
4. Kevin Garnett (Celtics), 3 years, $36 million
3. Tim Duncan (Spurs): 3 years, $30.4 million
You know what's amazing about these guys other than the stuff you already knew was amazing? It's Year 18 for Garnett and Year 16 for Duncan, although Duncan is older by 3.5 weeks (they're both 36). Including playoffs, they've logged over 100,000 minutes combined already. They played 40 minutes a night at their peaks; now they play 30 minutes a night. But check out their per-36-minute numbers for this season and their careers as a whole.
Duncan, 2013: 20.3 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 4.2 SBPG,7 49% FG, 81% FT, 23.8 PER
Duncan, career: 20.6 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 3.1 SBPG , 51% FG, 69% FT, 24.7 PER
Garnett, 2013: 17.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.5 SBPG, 50% FG, 78% FT, 19.4 PER
Garnett, career: 19.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.9 APG, 2.8 SBPG, 50% FG, 79% FT, 23.2 PER
Isn't that crazy? They're playing 25 percent less, but with little to no difference in per-minute efficiency and no real signs of decline. Even better, they took hometown discounts so their teams could build around them a little more easily. You know, like what Kobe did with the Lakers — only the exact opposite.
(Sorry, I had to.)
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I know people here don't seem to like Simmons, but he is by far and away my favorite sports writer. His "Book of Basketball" is a great read, his first edition had TD at #7 all time. His entries and TD and Robinson capture the players perfectly. His what-if with Robinson is fascinating...Elliot was never a better NBA player than Glen Rice, SA drafted Elliot instead of Rice, what if Rice's 20+ pts a game were paired with D-Rob? Also...he selected Popovich circa 07' as his vintage team coach.
He is a great writer and a fan of the game, even if he pisses some off at times he is good.
BTW TONY #2!!!!!!! HMMMMMMMMM TAKE That TONY haters, he is a bargain! Great article and man him being #2 fits, he spite being hurt now is a great deal and definitely a bargain.
Another reason to be a Spur fan.
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