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Friday, February 17, 2006

SI.com -- On Darko and the Cost of Winning in the NBA

SI.com - Writers - Poor investment (cont.) - Friday February 17, 2006 10:53AM

Interesting article on the trade, and a table worth studying.

One of 5 points on the Darko trade:

4. Milicic couldn't be entering a better situation. Because the Magic gave up so little for him, he no longer has to live up to the expectations of the No. 2 pick. The Magic will be happy if he emerges as a secondary option alongside Dwight Howard, who will occupy the opponent's best defender and make life relatively easy for Milicic.

The High Price of Victory:

The average cost per victory, as of Wednesday, was $2.4 million (based on player salaries totaling $1.88 billion this season divided by the 777 games played thus far).

The leader is no surprise: The Pistons are spending $1.4 million per victory, followed closely by the third-place Spurs at $1.6 million per win.

San Antonio and other franchises pay attention to this ratio with the ultimate goal of spending fewer than $1 million per win by the end of the season. Based on current winning percentages, only the Pistons, Hornets and Spurs are on track to limbo under the $1 million level.

This ratio also suggests that it's OK to spend big as long as you win big. Dallas' $94 million payroll is second only to New York's, yet the Mavericks are more efficient than half the league because their expensive talent produces results.

Unfortunately, the Magic are currently ranked 29th at the moment with each win currently costing $3.9 million vs. a league average of $2.4 mil. But wait until you see where NY is!


  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    The article sounds reasonable the way it's structured. However, it points out to all the benefits for DET and/or Darko and not to the benefits for the Magic. I support the idea of trading for a quality shooting guard with range, something the Magic is sorely missing. By the way, that player is not Crawford with his shoot first mentality. Regardless, there should be other considerations to make it worthwhile for the Magic to part with Francis.

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I don't mind Crawford. Really, I could see him helping this team a lot, especially because we struggle so regularly on the offensive end. He's the perfect age, having some experience, but he's yet to peak. He's not really overpaid. He has range, which the Magic really need. Still, I think we deserve a few other solid players to make the deal respectful.

    Also, I know we are packed at the PG spot, but I've liked what I've seen out of Dooling besides his offensive drouts. Then with Stevenson, he's been one of our best defenders and probably our most consistent player on the floor. Factor in that he is a warrior; I'd like him to stay no matter what.

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Well said, Introvert316. I agree that we have to look at specifics of deals on the table before we make a judgement on whether or not they work.


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