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Old 03-02-13, 04:36 PM
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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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Old 03-02-13, 11:40 PM
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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.
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Old 03-03-13, 01:37 AM
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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.
Some don't like Simmons for one or two things he said before or even last year, but he always gives the Spurs their props in the end and seems to have a love for what they have done! He is to me at times off base and wrong but sometimes just dead on and one of the best out there by FAR! He started off bad with me when he said Tim Duncan never had a dominant run in the playoffs to make him amongst the elite (He said 99 was a short year so it's not a true run), then later in 03 said TIM DUNCAN welcome to the pantheon! He gave props later after Tims run and said it was one of the best but before that pissed me off discounting 99 so I hated him at first to say the least.

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.
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