There is nothing better than money, right?
It puts pep in everyone’s step and makes people more productive.
However, when I show you some of the numbers I found, you’ll be disgusted.
I was overly optimistic for the T’wolves before the season started. Heck, they even got off to a 2-2 start after beating Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 5.
That would be the last time Minnesota would be .500 for the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Injuries ripped the team apart, again. Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Shabazz Muhammad and Anthony Bennett combined to miss 223 games this season. They managed to play in only 187 games and accounted for $31,499,066 of Minnesota’s salary this season.
It’s safe to say the contract Flip Saunders gave Pekovic in the summer of 2013 has turned out to be one of the worst contracts in the NBA in recent history.
Pekovic has earned $24.2 million the last two years and has played in 85 games. In terms of money, Pekovic has given Minnesota $12,542,683.30 of value when he has played. It’s the remaining $11,657,316.70 of that contract that has made the team and fans feel empty.
The T’wolves paid Pekovic $14,846.62 per minute he played this season, $51,709.40 per rebound and $31,347.15 per point.
As for Martin, he is paid to score points. If Martin had been able to play in every game this season, every point he scored would have been worth $4,141.768 of his $6,792,500 contract. He averaged 20 points per game this season, but missed out on 861 points this season because of injuries. In reality, the Timberwolves paid him $8,719.51 per point.
In other words, Martin contributed 47.5 percent towards his inflation this season.
If Ricky Rubio got paid in steals and assists. Fortunately for him, this was the last year of his rookie contract, so his inflation doesn’t look that bad.
Still, he played in just 22 games and made $26,272.98 per assist and $133,439.10 per steal. Altogether, he made just over $5 million to shoot 35.6 percent from the field and play 22 games.
Zach Lavine gave Minnesota its biggest bang for its buck this season. Minnesota paid Lavine $2,642.47 per point and $7,448.70 per assist.
Andrew Wiggins made $1,856.06 per minute he played.
Injuries kill all hope, and the T’wolves know that as well as any team in professional sports team.
It is also a waste money.