Everyone loves a bargain… and most teams have someone on their roster that doesn’t get paid much, but produces big time. But even among those bargains… there are even bigger bargains. These are them… the most productive guys in the league making $1 million or less.
(this team is created regardless of position, and are in no particular order. In some cases, because guys are productive reserves, per48 minute stats will be used to illustrate productivity. 2007-2008 salary in parentheses)
Monta Ellis, G, Golden State ($770,610)
The most underpaid player in the league. He’s averaging 20 ppg, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals. He’s going to be of this list next year, because he’s a free agent.
Leon Powe, F, Boston Celtics ($687,456)
Leon is averaging less than 14 minutes a game, but he often runs at a point-a-minute clip. His per48 stats: 26 points and 13.8 rebounds. The best thing about Leon is that he can be called on at any time. He’ll give you the same thing on back-to-back nights as he will after 4 DNP’s.
Linus Kleiza, F, Denver Nuggets ($1,011,360)
Denver can score points, and so can Kleiza. He dropped 41 in a game against Utah… which began a stretch from mid-January to early February where he averaged 19.4 ppg. His per48’s are 22.1 ppg and 8.5 rebounds.
Ryan Gomes, F, Minnesota Timberwolves ($770,610)
We love Ryan around here. He’s averaging 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists, but he’s coming off a March where he averaged 16 and 6. One thing we know about Gomes is that he has a knack for finding the ball and making the right play. He’s developing a 3 point shot (currently shooting 33%), and getting that percentage up over 40 could make him a deadly inside/outside player.
Jason Maxiell, F, Detroit Pistons ($1,041,360)
Maxiell anchors that Detroit bench by actually increasing the level of tenacity and toughness when he gets into the game. His per 48’s are 17 ppg, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.54 blocks… but his biggest contribution this season is one of nastiest blocked shots you’ll ever see (and here it is… Tyson Chandler still doesn’t know what happened to him)
Glen Davis, Boston Celtics ($437,163) Avg: 12.9 min, 4.4ppg, 2.7 rpg. Per48: 16.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg
David Lee, NY Knicks ($990,600) Avg: 29.1 min, 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg. Per48: 17.7 ppg, 14.6 rpg
Kelenna Azubuike, GS Warriors ($687,456) Avg: 21.8 min, 8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg. Per48: 19.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg
Daniel Gibson, Cleveland ($687,456) Avg: 30.9 min, 10.9 ppg, 2.5 apg. Per48: 16.7 ppg, 3.8 apg
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