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2005-06 NBA Fair Salary Ratings
(revised to include Playoff Earnings)

As we evolve away from the "Roland Ratings" one goal has been to scale player performance in terms of a "fair salary" or "salary dollars earned". We will still keep elements such as 1) Inividual player production, 2) One-on-one defense, and 3) Team success influence in the mix. However you also need to factor in minutes played!

If two players produce equal positive overall production, but one played twice as many minutes over the course of the season, clearly the player out there more is worth a lot more to his team!

We have updated these numbers however to include PLAYOFF EARNINGS, which means that non-playoff team players have seen their fair salary lowered as some portion of the total salary cap money is pushed into the "playoff pool." Players on teams that went deep into the playoffs have the potential for significant earnings. So while Shaq was on court for less than half the team minutes during the regular season, his playoff activity has catapulted him into the top twenty, which seems fitting!

Atlanta
Boston
Charlotte
Chicago
Cleveland
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Golden State
Houston
Indiana
L.A. Clippers
L.A. Lakers
Memphis
Miami
Milwaukee
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Orleans
New York
Orlando
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland
Sacramento
San Antonio
Seattle
Toronto
Utah
Washington

The table below shows the top players for the 2005-06 regular season and playoffs combined fair salary, but note that the rest of the ratings reflect the regular season games only:

PER Difference
On Court/Off Court
Roland
Salary ($Mil)
Rk
Player
Tm
Min
PER
Opp
Net
On
Off
Net
Rating
Fair
Actual
1
 Wade
MIA
73%
29.8  14.6  +15.2  +8.1  -7.7  +15.8  +15.4  35.06  $3.0 
2
 Nowitzki
DAL
78%
30.1  17.0  +13.2  +7.9  -0.6  +8.5  +11.6  29.10  $13.8 
3
 James
CLE
85%
30.2  12.6  +17.5  +3.9  -7.2  +11.0  +15.3  28.66  $4.6 
4
 Bryant
LAL
83%
30.0  14.1  +15.8  +4.8  -7.9  +12.7  +14.8  25.36  $15.9 
5
 Brand
LAC
78%
28.6  13.4  +15.2  +2.9  -3.1  +6.0  +12.1  24.58  $13.1 
6
 Billups
DET
74%
25.0  12.9  +12.1  +9.6  -1.9  +11.5  +11.9  24.07  $5.9 
7
 Carter
NJN
73%
23.3  13.4  +9.9  +5.4  -10.1  +15.5  +11.8  22.49  $13.8 
8
 Nash
PHO
70%
24.6  15.3  +9.3  +8.1  -0.7  +8.8  +9.1  21.01  $9.6 
9
 Duncan
SAS
70%
24.9  13.7  +11.2  +9.0  +1.6  +7.3  +9.9  20.21  $15.8 
10
 Redd
MIL
79%
22.7  12.4  +10.2  +1.2  -9.6  +10.8  +10.4  19.19  $12.0 
11
 Garnett
MIN
75%
28.8  14.8  +14.1  +0.6  -9.1  +9.7  +12.6  18.86  $18.0 
12
 Marion
PHO
82%
25.1  16.5  +8.6  +6.1  +2.7  +3.4  +6.9  18.62  $13.7 
13
 Iverson
PHI
78%
27.8  14.7  +13.0  +0.0  -8.6  +8.6  +11.6  18.50  $16.5 
14
 Jefferson
NJN
77%
20.5  12.9  +7.6  +3.8  -7.3  +11.1  +8.8  18.06  $10.2 
15
 Prince
DET
73%
15.9  11.9  +4.0  +10.7  -4.6  +15.3  +7.7  17.73  $1.8 
16
 Arenas
WAS
85%
25.4  18.6  +6.8  +2.9  -4.2  +7.1  +6.9  17.53  $10.2 
17
 O'Neal
MIA
46%
26.2  12.0  +14.1  +7.3  +1.0  +6.4  +11.6  16.90  $20.0 
18
 Allen
SEA
76%
23.8  13.9  +9.8  -0.8  -10.1  +9.2  +9.6  15.85  $13.2 
19
 Kidd
NJN
75%
20.8  16.5  +4.3  +4.3  -7.8  +12.1  +6.9  15.39  $16.4 
20
 Gasol
MEM
79%
24.3  15.1  +9.2  +4.7  +0.0  +4.7  +7.7  15.33  $11.0 
21
 Parker
SAS
69%
22.3  14.3  +8.0  +9.1  +1.8  +7.2  +7.7  15.29  $8.4 
22
 Pierce
BOS
78%
25.4  13.6  +11.7  -0.9  -3.5  +2.6  +8.7  15.26  $13.8 
23
 Terry
DAL
70%
19.7  14.8  +4.9  +8.1  +0.9  +7.2  +5.7  15.08  $6.7 
24
 B.Wallace
DET
73%
18.7  14.5  +4.3  +10.0  -2.4  +12.3  +6.9  14.71  $7.5 
25
 Jamison
WAS
83%
19.2  14.4  +4.8  +3.6  -6.4  +9.9  +6.5  14.59  $13.8 
26
 Kirilenko
UTA
66%
22.0  12.2  +9.8  +0.8  -9.0  +9.8  +9.8  13.95  $11.0 
27
 R.Wallace
DET
70%
19.0  16.5  +2.5  +10.6  -2.8  +13.4  +6.1  13.80  $10.9 
28
 Ginobili
SAS
46%
24.1  12.7  +11.3  +10.8  +3.4  +7.4  +10.0  13.66  $7.4 
29
 Diaw
PHO
72%
18.3  15.7  +2.5  +8.2  -1.5  +9.6  +4.9  13.55  $1.1 
30
 Hamilton
DET
71%
19.4  15.2  +4.2  +8.8  +1.1  +7.7  +5.4  13.48  $8.6 
31
 Anthony
DEN
74%
23.5  14.1  +9.3  +0.2  +0.7  -0.5  +6.1  13.46  $3.7 
32
 Howard
DAL
48%
20.8  13.2  +7.6  +7.9  +4.2  +3.6  +6.3  13.26  $0.9 
33
 Bosh
TOR
69%
24.5  15.4  +9.1  -1.0  -7.4  +6.4  +8.2  13.01  $3.3 
34
 Richardson
GSW
73%
20.6  13.9  +6.7  +0.8  -6.9  +7.6  +7.0  12.51  $8.9 
35
 Ming
HOU
49%
27.5  12.5  +15.0  +2.1  -5.2  +7.3  +12.5  12.25  $5.6 
36
 Odom
LAL
81%
18.2  14.4  +3.8  +3.6  -2.0  +5.6  +4.4  11.67  $11.5 
37
 Cassell
LAC
67%
20.0  15.7  +4.2  +4.1  -3.5  +7.6  +5.3  10.93  $6.9 
38
 Ilgauskas
CLE
58%
23.2  14.3  +8.8  +3.9  -0.1  +4.0  +7.2  10.66  $8.7 
39
 Miller
SAC
74%
18.7  16.7  +2.1  +3.8  -4.8  +8.5  +4.2  10.27  $8.8 
40
 Battier
MEM
72%
15.7  14.6  +1.1  +6.1  -2.4  +8.5  +3.6  10.20  $4.9 
41
 Miller
DEN
74%
17.4  17.5  +0.0  +2.2  -4.9  +7.2  +2.4  9.95  $8.1 
42
 Howard
ORL
76%
20.7  17.6  +3.1  +0.3  -5.7  +6.0  +4.1  9.88  $4.5 
43
 Iguodala
PHI
77%
16.0  15.7  +0.2  +0.0  -8.4  +8.4  +3.0  9.75  $2.1 
44
 Paul
NOK
71%
23.7  16.3  +7.4  -3.1  -2.1  -1.0  +4.6  9.74  $3.1 
45
 Krstic
NJN
62%
15.5  15.7  -0.2  +5.2  -5.2  +10.4  +3.3  9.74  $1.0 
46
 Okur
UTA
74%
20.4  15.7  +4.7  -1.8  -4.8  +2.9  +4.1  9.62  $8.3 
47
 O'Neal
IND
46%
22.0  14.9  +7.2  +2.8  +1.1  +1.7  +5.3  9.40  $16.4 
48
 Mourning
MIA
33%
20.8  10.6  +10.2  +8.7  +1.6  +7.1  +9.2  8.90  $1.1 
49
 Bibby
SAC
80%
19.2  17.2  +2.0  +2.0  -0.5  +2.5  +2.1  8.77  $11.5 
50
 Deng
CHI
65%
17.0  12.5  +4.5  +2.0  -1.9  +3.9  +4.3  8.70  $2.4 
51
 E.Jones
MEM
61%
15.8  14.5  +1.3  +6.3  -0.5  +6.8  +3.1  8.68  $14.6 
52
 James
TOR
73%
21.0  17.4  +3.6  -2.3  -4.9  +2.7  +3.3  8.66  $3.4 
53
 McGrady
HOU
44%
23.7  14.2  +9.6  +1.7  -4.2  +5.9  +8.4  8.42  $15.7 
54
 Camby
DEN
47%
21.4  14.3  +7.1  +1.0  -0.3  +1.3  +5.2  8.42  $9.2 
55
 Wallace
CHA
48%
22.6  15.0  +7.6  -1.5  -6.1  +4.6  +6.6  7.96  $5.0 
56
 Butler
WAS
68%
18.3  15.2  +3.1  +2.1  +1.3  +0.8  +2.3  7.71  $2.5 
57
 Wells
SAC
43%
17.7  15.9  +1.8  +2.9  +0.5  +2.4  +2.0  7.23  $8.0 
58
 Lewis
SEA
73%
21.4  17.9  +3.5  -3.3  -2.2  -1.1  +1.9  7.20  $8.6 
59
 Hinrich
CHI
74%
16.6  13.7  +2.8  -0.3  +3.4  -3.7  +0.6  7.10  $2.5 
60
 West
BOS
61%
16.1  15.6  +0.5  +1.1  -5.5  +6.6  +2.5  6.96  $1.0 
61
 Mobley
LAC
75%
14.2  12.8  +1.4  +1.9  +0.5  +1.4  +1.4  6.92  $7.2 
62
 Claxton
NOK
51%
17.3  15.2  +2.2  +1.0  -6.8  +7.8  +4.0  6.71  $3.6 
63
 Miller
MEM
57%
18.6  11.5  +7.1  +1.7  +6.4  -4.7  +3.2  6.68  $6.8 
64
 Gordon
CHI
62%
15.5  14.0  +1.6  +1.6  -1.1  +2.7  +1.9  6.59  $3.6 
65
 Johnson
ATL
84%
19.2  16.4  +2.8  -5.5  -1.1  -4.3  +0.4  6.48  $12.0 
66
 Bell
PHO
74%
13.7  14.5  -0.8  +6.0  +4.1  +1.9  +0.1  6.45  $4.3 
67
 Kaman
LAC
65%
16.2  17.1  -0.9  +3.1  -1.2  +4.3  +0.9  6.44  $2.8 
68
 Turkoglu
ORL
66%
17.8  15.1  +2.7  -1.1  -1.2  +0.0  +1.8  6.41  $5.4 
69
 Stojakovic
IND
37%
20.6  14.0  +6.5  +5.4  -0.1  +5.5  +6.2  6.32  $7.5 
70
 Johnson
IND
50%
15.3  15.4  -0.1  +3.3  +0.5  +2.9  +0.9  6.31  $2.4 
71
 Abdur-Rahim
SAC
50%
18.5  16.1  +2.4  +4.1  -1.1  +5.2  +3.3  6.30  $5.0 
72
 Daniels
WAS
58%
14.7  15.1  -0.4  +2.5  +0.9  +1.6  +0.3  6.22  $5.0 
73
 Stackhouse
DAL
38%
15.6  13.1  +2.5  +4.5  +6.9  -2.5  +0.8  6.19  $8.4 
74
 Simmons
MIL
64%
14.7  16.9  -2.2  +0.9  -4.5  +5.4  +0.3  6.08  $8.0 
75
 Bogut
MIL
59%
16.1  17.9  -1.8  +1.5  -4.9  +6.4  +1.0  6.03  $4.3 
76
 Felton
CHA
61%
15.2  14.4  +0.8  -2.3  -6.5  +4.2  +1.9  6.01  $2.8 
77
 Artest
SAC
40%
15.2  16.1  -0.9  +6.5  -1.9  +8.4  +2.2  5.98  $6.8 
78
 Ford
MIL
64%
14.1  17.3  -3.3  +0.3  -3.6  +3.9  -0.9  5.93  $2.3 
79
 Nelson
ORL
45%
20.8  17.2  +3.6  +1.7  -3.4  +5.1  +4.1  5.85  $1.2 
80
 Randolph
POR
65%
18.3  17.9  +0.4  -8.3  -11.4  +3.0  +1.3  5.85  $10.7 
81
 Crawford
NYK
64%
16.6  15.5  +1.1  -5.8  -7.3  +1.5  +1.3  5.76  $6.5 
82
 Walker
MIA
56%
15.7  15.9  -0.3  +3.0  +5.1  -2.1  -0.9  5.69  $6.9 
83
 Posey
MIA
48%
10.9  17.5  -6.6  +5.3  +2.6  +2.7  -3.5  5.67  $5.9 
84
 West
NOK
64%
21.1  18.9  +2.2  -3.1  -2.2  -0.9  +1.2  5.67  $1.3 
85
 Fisher
GSW
65%
15.9  15.8  +0.1  -0.2  -3.4  +3.2  +1.1  5.66  $5.4 
86
 Davis
GSW
50%
19.7  17.7  +1.9  +0.7  -3.4  +4.1  +2.7  5.50  $13.7 
87
 Frye
NYK
39%
19.2  16.4  +2.9  -1.5  -9.4  +8.0  +4.6  5.36  $2.2 
88
 Szczerbiak
MIN
39%
19.4  15.7  +3.7  +2.1  -4.4  +6.5  +4.6  5.35  $10.0 
89
 Webber
PHI
73%
19.9  19.1  +0.8  -2.3  -0.9  -1.4  +0.1  5.32  $19.1 
90
 Villanueva
TOR
59%
17.4  19.7  -2.3  -0.8  -6.1  +5.3  +0.2  5.29  $2.4 
91
 Haslem
MIA
63%
14.9  16.6  -1.6  +5.3  +1.5  +3.7  +0.2  5.18  $5.0 
92
 Jaric
MIN
53%
12.5  14.4  -1.9  +1.0  -5.0  +5.9  +0.7  5.11  $5.0 
93
 Marbury
NYK
55%
17.6  16.1  +1.5  -5.6  -7.1  +1.4  +1.5  5.10  $16.5 
94
 Parker
LAL
70%
14.4  17.9  -3.5  +3.7  -0.2  +3.9  -1.1  5.09  $0.7 
95
 Peterson
TOR
79%
16.3  16.0  +0.3  -3.4  -1.5  -1.9  -0.5  5.08  $4.6 
96
 Marshall
CLE
52%
14.5  17.0  -2.5  +2.9  +1.4  +1.5  -1.2  4.99  $4.8 
97
 Williams
MIA
47%
16.3  14.3  +2.0  +5.5  +2.5  +3.0  +2.3  4.91  $7.6 
98
 Maggette
LAC
24%
20.4  15.7  +4.7  +6.3  +0.1  +6.2  +5.2  4.83  $7.0 
99
 Dunleavy
GSW
65%
13.5  13.8  -0.3  -0.9  -2.2  +1.3  +0.2  4.83  $4.5 
100
 Martin
SAC
48%
15.9  14.7  +1.2  +0.9  +2.1  -1.2  +0.4  4.74  $0.9 

So while our regular season only fair salary ratings had it LeBron-Kobe-Wade, when the playoffs are factored in, leading "Roland Rating" player Dwyane Wade winds up far ahead of those two, with Dirk Nowitzki moving into second place.

Seems right to us -- does anyone want to argue that Wade didn't have the best season when you look at the regular season and playoffs combined?

Now we like to calculate these things separately for each team a player appears with, but for the notable "two team" guys this season, here are some combined earnings:

Artest (Ind+Sac) -- $8.81 Million
Szczerbiak (Min+Bos) -- $8.31
Peja Stojakovic (Sac+Ind) -- $7.23
Ricky Davis (Bos+Min) -- $6.93

...so Ron Artest moves up to rank #49 on the season, alongside teammate Mike Bibby, and we'd push Artest up on subjective rankings as while his "individual production" wasn't phenomenal, his team influence certainly was for Sacramento! Moreover he missed a lot of playing time waiting for the trade, so could easily leap into the top 30 or higher with a "no incident" full season.

Szczerbiak moves to #56 overall, with Peja #58 and Ricky Davis #63.

Part of the benefits of these ratings is you can now evaluate which players are good and bad values based on their "earned salary" minus their "actual salary" --

Best Values
1. Dwyane Wade
2. LeBron James
3. Chauncey Billups
4. Tayshaun Prince
5. Dirk Nowitzki
6. Boris Diaw
7. Josh Howard
8. Elton Brand
9. Steve Nash
10. Carmelo Anthony
11. Chris Bosh
12. Kobe Bryant
13. Nenad Krstic
14. Vince Carter
15. Jason Terry
16. Richard Jefferson
17. Alonzo Mourning
18. Andre Iguodala
19. Gilbert Arenas
20. Ben Wallace

...you've got to love those rookie contracts if you can find a superstar in the draft!

Worst Values
503. Jalen Rose
504. Chris Webber
505. Tim Thomas (for Chicago, not Phoenix)
505. Antonio Davis
506. Grant Hill
507. Keith Van Horn
508. Anfernee Hardaway (minus $15.64 Million)

...which isn't to say these "worst value" guys are bad players, just that they didn't have the kind of seasons that would justify their -gulp- hefty contracts!

Now the ratings as they stand are based entirely on actual production, so no value is awarded to players for being "good in practice" or offering "veteran leadership" or even representing insurance policies in case a key player goes down with injury...all of which can certainly justify a certain "bonus" in deserved salary. Likewise players suffering injuries are usually not to blame for such misfortune, but they can't earn dollars in this scheme when they are missing time.

More development work is coming to make these ratings even better!


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