Warriors’ Bench Had to Pull More than their Weight Last Season

The Warriors have a star-studded team and were predicted to win the 2018 finals even before the season began. However, injuries to all four of their starters during the regular season led to a 2nd place record in the NBA.

So who was among the more productive among the Warriors?

By looking at win-shares (primer here), we can see an informed estimate to the total contribution an individual makes to their team’s success. From that, we can also calculate (methodology here) and compare each player’s salary to the $ value they produced for the team.

GSW - Salary vs productivity

First we need to note a couple of things. The Warriors have a super-team with four all-stars so there will be statistical sacrifices, which we see with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. We should also keep in mind that all off four of the Warriors bench missed a stretch near the end of the season that reduced their total productivity, shown in these graphs.

So it all came down to the bench to step up. So who performed better than their compensation? Everyone outside of the Warriors core, except for Nick Young and Damian Jones, performed better than what they were being paid.

Even Omri Casspi did despite being waved before the playoffs. Will the Warriors give him a ring for what he helped them with during the regular season?

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