I’ve always wanted to know which NBA contracts were “good deals” and which were “bad deals.” So here are two tables that compare a player’s salary for the season to their Player Efficiency Rating (PER) – an advanced stat introduced by former ESPN.com columnist John Hollinger that “sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance.”
Highest NBA Salaries per PER (min. 100 minutes, 0.0 PER*)
* Two NBA players, Nemanja Nedovic and Marquis Teague, have played a minimum of 100 minutes this season with a PER below 0.0 (-1.2 and -2.6, respectively). They were omitted from this table.
The lesson here seems to be that you shouldn’t sign a player to a max or a near-max contract unless they’re a bona fide superstar. If they’re just going to put up middling numbers, then what exactly are you paying for? I’m looking at you…four out of Brooklyn’s five starters.
Lowest NBA Salaries per PER (min. 100 minutes, 0.0 PER)
This second table appears to support the notion that productive players on rookie contracts and minimum contracts provide the best bang for buck.
Interesting to see that LA has four such players on this list. Makes you wonder if it’s just a result of Mike D’Antoni’s freewheeling offense combined with increased playing time for intended reserves due to injuries to the team’s star players?
Other standout teams at finding bargain players are Dallas and Houston, with 3 players each. Makes sense seeing as how both teams rely heavily on advanced metrics to fill out their rosters.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, is generally considered to be one of the smartest people in Silicon Valley.
Here are some videos from his profile on 60 Minutes:
|West Starters||East Starters|
|Kevin Durant, SF||OKC||LeBron James, SF||MIA|
|Blake Griffin, PF||LAC||Carmelo Anthony, SF||NY|
|Dwight Howard, PF||HOU||Chris Bosh, C||MIA|
|Kobe Bryant, SG||LAL||Dwyane Wade, SG||MIA|
|Chris Paul, PG||LAC||Kyrie Irving, PG||CLE|
|James Harden, SG||HOU||Paul George, SF||IND|
|Russell Westbrook, PG||OKC||Roy Hibbert, C||IND|
|LaMarcus Aldridge, PF||POR||David West, PF||IND|
|Anthony Davis, PF||NO||Brook Lopez, C||BKN|
|Dirk Nowitzki, PF||DAL||Rudy Gay, SF||TOR|
|Kevin Love, PF||MIN||John Wall, PG||WSH|
|Tony Parker, PG||SA||Al Horford, C||ATL|
Just watched Night Light, an animated short film by 4th year Sheridan College student Qing Han, and thought it was beautiful:
To give you an idea of how long it takes to animate something, she describes it as “the total sum of what I was doing last semester for almost 12-15h a day, 7 days a week,” for 4-5 months.
Now imagine how many man-hours it would take to animate a giant Disney film with sweeping camera movement and dozens of characters on screen at once…
This is a great segment from Jimmy Kimmel that exploits the idea (fact?) that the people with the most extreme views on a topic are typically the ones who know the least about it, the topic in this case being the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare:
Payam Akhavan is an Associate Professor of International Law at McGill University, and a badass one at that, having been involved with several high profile international cases over the past 20 years.
According to Wikipedia, he:
- served as the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
- helped establish the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda after the 1994 genocide
- advised the UN Historical Clarification Commission in Guatemala under the Chairmanship of Christian Tomuschat
- contributed to judicial training in Timor Leste and Cambodia
- advised on the establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for prosecution of Khmer Rouge leaders
- acted as counsel for Croatian General Ante Gotovina in relation to allegations of crimes against humanity arising from Operation Storm in 1995
- advised the Government of Peru on the extradition of former President Alberto Fujimori from Japan for human rights abuses
- advised the Government of Haiti on the prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity
- advised Uganda on the 2003–04 referral of the Lord’s Resistance Army case to the International Criminal Court
- served as counsel before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission in the Prisoners of War and several other cases arising from the 1998–2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia armed conflict
- was amicus curiae in the United States Supreme Court case of Hamdi v Rumsfeld and Rumsfeld v Padilla to argue for applicability of the 1949 Geneva Conventions to detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility
- was counsel before the International Court of Justice concerning allegations of “ethnic cleansing” in South Ossetia during the August 2008 armed conflict between Georgia and Russia
- was counsel in Akcam v Turkey before the European Court of Human Rights in an historical victory following the assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul
- was counsel to Libya before the ICC in the case concerning Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and crimes against humanity arising from the 2011 revolution against Muammar Gaddafi
- was counsel in the Guyana v Suriname maritime boundary delimitation in the Caribbean
- was counsel in the first maritime delimitation dispute before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg
- was counsel for Japan in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case brought by Australia before the International Court of Justice alleging that Japan’s program of scientific research was commercial whaling in disguise.
- was counsel to Sheikh Hasina – one of two surviving daughters of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after his assassination and the massacre of his family in 1974 – while she was imprisoned to avoid her participation in national elections
Impressive resume, no?
In an effort to keep up with his accomplishments, I have just completed binge watching Breaking Bad.
Here’s an incredible interview he did on BBC’s HARDTalk with Allan Little about human rights, genocide, and the illusion of progress:
Here’s a beautiful branded animated short film called The Scarecrow, created by Moonbot Studios for Chipotle, set to a Fiona Apple cover of Pure Imagination from 1971′s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
The same team – Moonbot and Chipotle – previously created another branded animated short film called Back to the Start, set to a Willie Nelson cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist:
Both pieces stand on their own as excellent short films. That they each have a clear environmental and social message only adds to their value. And that they’re in service of a company’s marketing efforts doesn’t detract from them one bit – if it wasn’t for Chipotle, neither film would have been made. Here, then, the upside of branded content.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of The Scarecrow:
And a behind the scenes look at the making of Back to the Start:
Every clip/trailer thus far has been amazing. Can’t wait until this comes out:
Gravity’s directed by Alfonso Cuaron and stars Sandra Bullock and
Melissa McCarthy George Clooney.
The new trailer for Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney:
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhane Wallis, and others, apparently.
McQueen’s previous films, Shame and Hunger, were both sensational, so I’m both hopeful and confident that he’ll knock it out of the park with this film, as well. He’s got a decent cast, at least. “Decent.” So…there’s that.