By "true value," I mean attempting to quantify performance and then balance that figure against a player’s salary. Outperform your salary, and you’ve added surplus value to your team. Underperform it with a bad season, and that player “owes” the team—at least on paper.
I’m still seasoning the secret sauce of my first NBA Value Survey, here and now, examining the 2011-12 Chicago Bulls. But by incorporating “full value” metrics like PER and win shares for balance and grinding incorporating average salary to determine the monetary value of an NBA win, this is a fair crack at the credits and debits of this past season’s Bulls team.
True to a team that finished atop the basketball world with 50 wins in 2011-12, not a single one of the 14 rostered Bulls boasted negative win shares or value added. But thanks to a few weighty salaries, there are a few Toros of the past season who finished their year in the red.
The list starts off with a bit of a shock, so let’s get started. From least to most, here are the Bulls that provided the most value beyond their season salary.