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Total Salary: $70.3 million
Current Cost Per Win: $7.8 million
Cost Per Win Extrapolated over 82 Games: $1.7 million
This is a surprisingly expensive roster, particularly since John Wall's max extension hasn't kicked in yet. Washington has a lot of mid-range salaries (e.g. Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat) and expensive draft picks on the books, which makes it somewhat unique in the NBA landscape.
The Wizards are projected to pay $1.7 million per win this season, which isn't all that bad for being in a major media market.
The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls are all projected to pay more per win this season. Philadelphia is the only major-market team in the East slated to pay less, and that's in large part due to its ridiculously low payroll of $48.1 million.
The Wizards have made some nice decisions of late. Remember how the Martell Webster signing was lambasted? Well, Webster leads all Wizards with 2.1 win shares so far on a $5.1 million deal. That means Webster is making $2.45 million per win share produced.
There are 23 players in the league registering more win shares than Webster, but none of those players on non-rookie deals are providing a lower price per win share than Webster is. Wesley Matthews and Kevin Martin are right there, but Webster is providing more value by that metric.
Washington is slated to have cap space to play with next offseason, so we'll see if the Wizards end up becoming a bigger spender like a few of their Eastern Conference contemporaries.