gtn130 wrote:DCZards wrote:gtn130 wrote:
But these things hurt his value as a player...
Which player is better?
A) Someone who can efficiently create his own shot at high volume
B) Someone who can efficiently score only when playing with an elite point guard
Like I get that Bryant's role is limited to what he's capable of doing, and he benefited from playing with Beal. That's also why he's only making 3 / $25m and Brook Lopez is making 4 / $50m.
This is the part of your argument that I don't get. Since when does a player's salary determine how good they are or how they'll perform in the upcoming season? We all know that they are players who are overpaid and many who are underpaid. So comparing salaries is the weakest of arguments.
Bryant is 21 years old and going into his third season and Lopez is 31 years and going into his 11th season. Which player do you believe has more upside? Which one would you prefer to have on this year's Zards team?
Salary is imperfect but it's a decent proxy for how players are valued across the leagues, and both TB and Lopez were free agents this past summer with Lopez being ten years older and likely entering the twilight of his career.
More importantly, if we look at player salaries (via free agency) as a rough proxy for how they're valued by GMs, then everyone arguing TB > Lopez is making a fundamentally contrarian argument that cuts against conventional wisdom. My position is unquestionably in line with conventional wisdom, and Wizards fans on this board are the ones firing off hot takes.
There are countless examples of overpaid and underpaid players. So how players are "valued across the league" means very little.
Kelly Oubre got 2/$30 mil from the Suns. Bryant signed for 3/$25m. Do you think KO is better than TB or worth that much more?