Batum and his pending Restricted Free Agency (RFA) is a hot topic here on Blazersedge, and projections of reasonable offers are all over the board. Recently, a short discussion with Oden Mad, Oden Smash! and Magnum sparked the question of how to define value. Oden Mad, Oden Smash! proposed that only a small handful of players in the $8M-$11M salary range "earn" their contract. It is a market value question - where I counter that the proper question isn't whether a small number of outliers (higher than normal production for a given salary range) defines "value" - but rather the question is how much bang for the buck is necessary for a salary that individually consumes 20-25% of the available cap?
Incidentally, $10M represents 17% of a $58M cap, but close enough.
Magnum posted the question of being able to look at a comprehensive list of players in a given salary range and evaluating value based on the list.
Here you go (after the jump). The salary list, with exception notes, is based on 2011/2012 data courtesy of Storyteller's Contracts. Also courtesy of Smirnoff 100 + xEnergy Fruit Punch.
I limited the list to salaries between $6M and $10M, taking a few liberties wherever I pleased. I personally chose this range because I feel it represents both the appropriate player comps and Batum's likely future salary (don't see him getting $11M a year).
The average salary of the following list is $7.9 million (42 players). There aren't very many players in that range that one could say are clearly better than Batum.
(salary in millions)
Marvin Williams: 7.5
Tyrus Thomas: 7.3
Rose: 6.9 (going to be $15.5)
Andre Miller: 7.8 (highest paid player on the team this season)
Galinari: (2012/13 = 9.5)
David West: 10
Deandre Jordan: 10.1
Mo Williams: 8.5
Caron Butler: 8
No Miami Heat players between 6 and 10
Kwame Brown: 6.7
Drew Gooden: 6.2
Beasley: 6.2 (highest paid player on the team)
Gerald Wallace: 9.5
Carl Landry: 8.5
No NYK players between 3 and 12M
Jameer Nelson: 8.6
JJ Redick: 6.7
Glenn Davis: 6.3
Thaddeus Young: 7.5
Wesley Mathews: 6.1
Stephen Jackson: 9.2
Devin Harris: 9.3