The Least Valuable First Team

Earlier I compiled a list of the worst values in the NBA according to my Value Rating stat. Value Rating is based on a player’s Composite Score and salary, and higher VR’s are better. All of the numbers can be found at

With that being said, here is the Least Valuable First Team…

Point Guard: Mike James, Washington Wizards (Value Rating of 0.32%)

James is a veteran who is underperforming based on his previous standards, a perfect candidate for the Least Valuable Team. His salary isn’t exorbitantly high; he’s just playing poorly on a struggling team.

Shooting Guard: Jason Kapono, Toronto Raptors (Value Rating of 4.82%)

There aren’t a ton of terribly valued shooting guards, but Kapono is the lowest. He signed a big contract with the Raptors after having a hot shooting season in Miami, but he’s been disappointing.

Small Forward: Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks (Value Rating of 2.25%)

Mike Dunleavy actually has the lowest Value Rating of any small forward, but because of his injuries I’ve decided to spare him. Jeffries actually plays a large role on a decent Knicks team, but the numbers say he’s far from living up to his contract.

Power Forward: Al Harrington, New York Knicks (Value Rating of 4.18%)

Is it a surprise that there are multiple Knicks on this list? To be fair, Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh are doing a good job of righting the ship, but they started in a tough position. Harrington isn’t an awful player (although he’s a big chucker), but his contract is very large.

Center: Jermaine O’Neal, Miami Heat (Value Rating of 0.00%)

Ironically, the Heat received the highest valued player in the league (Jamario Moon) and lowest valued player (O’Neal) in the same trade a few weeks ago. O’Neal’s metrics have been poor thus far (I think he’s being undersold, though), and his contract is over $20 million.

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