The Clippers have Some of their Best Performers on Undervalued Contracts

With the departure of stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Chip City was officially over, with only DeAndre Jordan left at the end of the season. DeAndre would end up signing a contract with the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the season.

So let’s check in on the regular season’s best performers.

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.

Los Angeles Clippers - Salar vs productivity

What was actually unexpected for me was the performance of DeAndre Jordan. The media was silent on how well he performed, yet he was clearly the biggest performer on this team, and by a mile.

Tobias Harris, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams all outperformed their compensation, with Lou Williams almost making the all-star game (thanks, Jimmy Butler!). Lou probably should’ve waited to test free agency to get paid in the off-season, especially considering he signed a 3-year, $24 million. That’s a huge value contract for the Clippers.

Outside of those performers, there’s not really much to look forward to among the younger prospects. None really stood out, although Teodosic and Gallinari missed ample playing time due to injury.

For the Clippers, I don’t really see much of a future being built here. Unless they decide to rebuild or go all-in on Kawhi, the status quo won’t build them anything.

 

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