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The NBA Players that are the Best Value for Money

Stephen Curry stands as the NBA player who is the best value for money with a value for money score of 7.96 out of 10. The Golden State Warriors point guard has an inflation adjusted salary of $18,848,418 per year, receiving the highest payment per steal ($856,128), per block ($3,080,871) and per rebound ($182,308)

Standing in second place, is small forward Otto Porter Jr. with a value for money score of 7.71 out of 10. With an annual inflation adjusted salary of $16,500,839, 12% less than Curry, Porter is paid the highest per point ($52,149) and third highest per rebound ($152,468) after Stephen Curry and Mike Conley.

Ranking third is Paul George, shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, with a value for money score of 7.42 out of 10. Active from 2010, George has an average inflation adjusted salary of $17,059,053 per year and is paid an average of $2,214,901 per block and $487,928 per steal.

Following the most valuable NBA players are Mike Conley (7.06), Blake Griffin (6.85) and Kevin Love (6.44), respectively ranking fourth, fifth and sixth.


1. Experts at utilised ESPN data to collect data on player salaries per season and Individual player statistics for all NBA players active in 2021.

2. The performance statistics collected per season included: total points, total steals, total blocks and total rebounds.

3. To enable accurate comparison of dollar denominated valuation metrics spanning from 2005-2021, utilised the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics to adjust annual salaries for inflation.

4. For each player and season, the inflation adjusted annual salaries were divided by the collected performance metrics. The resulting variables described player performance with respect to annual salaries i.e., dollars per point scored.

5. The computed valuation metrics for the top 50 players currently active by average inflation adjusted salary were then averaged and ranked with a final valuation score out of 10.