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Ranking the Best Value Contracts in the NBA
David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

This statement may sound ridiculous since it's about millionaires and multimillionaires, but certain NBA players are actually underpaid based on their current levels of production.

The NBA's rookie salary scale and limit on the maximum value of contracts both set up a system where a handful of players are worth far more to their teams in terms of wins than they currently earn.

According to Bradford Doolittle and the Basketball Prospectus crew, a win in the NBA is worth roughly $2.5 million. No rookie in 2012-13 will earn more than No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, who's slated to make roughly $5.1 million.

Assuming Davis produces more than two wins for his team (not a huge leap of faith, by any means), he'll far outpace the value of his contract.

Most of the top value contracts in the league are players still on their rookie deals, but you'll see a few older faces in the coming slides, too.

(Note: 2012-13 salary information courtesy of Basketball Reference. Statistics and records are current through games on Nov. 15.)

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