Dollar ball: Ranking the best bargains in Mavs' rotation

March, 19, 2014
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The Mavericks have the second highest paid player in the NBA, are well below the luxury tax and are poised to make the playoffs.

That means there must be some pretty good bargains on the roster. In an effort to determine the best bargains, we borrowed a somewhat scientific formula: Divide dollars by win shares.

For those who don’t keep a calculator in hand while watching hoops, win shares is an advanced statistic created by basketball-reference.com with a pretty self-explanatory name and a really long explanation for how they’re calculated. It might not be a perfect stat, but it’s a pretty good predictor of team success. For instance, the 11 rotation players of the 41-27 Mavs have combined for 39.8 win shares.

Dirk Nowitzki ranks 14th in the league in win shares (8.9), but he’s just the ninth best bargain on the roster because of his massive salary. Here’s a look at whose dollars make the most sense for the Mavs among their rotation players:

DeJuan Blair
Salary: $947,907
Win shares: 3.1
$/WS: $305,776

Jae Crowder
Salary: $788,872
Win shares: 1.7
$/WS: $464,042

Vince Carter
Salary: $3,180,000
Win shares: 3.8
$/WS: $836,842

Devin Harris
Salary: $1,272,279
Win shares: 1.5
$/WS: $848,186

Samuel Dalembert
Salary: $3,700,748
Win shares: 3.6
$/WS: $1,027,986

Jose Calderon
Salary: $6,791,590
Win shares: 5.3
$/WS: $1,281,432

Brandan Wright
Salary: $5,000,000
Win shares: 3.8
$/WS: $1,315,789

Monta Ellis
Salary: $8,000,000
Win shares: 4.1
$/WS: $1,951,220

Dirk Nowitzki
Salary: $22,721,381
Win shares: 8.9
$/WS: $2,552,964

Shawn Marion
Salary: $9,316,796
Win shares: 3.3
$/WS: $2,823,272

Wayne Ellington
Salary: $2,652,000
Win shares: 0.7
$/WS: $3,788,571

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9