He didn't get 4/40 and he's a better offensive player than Luis Scola, which is again the point. Even a better player didn't get Scola's money. West put up his numbers on a legitimate playoff team while Scola put up his in a "well someone has to score the points" role on a bad team that the better ones viewed as a night off. If you want to argue that Scola would get 2/20 I'd say that Indiana still would probably have gone for West over him. Because after all, they could have Scola if they wanted him due to their cap space. They simply didn't have any interest in that contract.
If that were really their intention, why hasn't anyone just taken the-worth-every-penny-of-his-contract Scola off their hands? Put another way this directly contradicts your claim that Scola's contract is market rate. Because if it were then Utah would have been able to get a goldmine of talent for a better/younger player who has 2/14 left remaining on his deal.
First: Houston was a "bad team that the better ones viewed as a night off". New Orleans was a "legitimate playoff team". Houston finished exactly 3 games behind New Orleans last season. Pretty thin line between night off and legit playoff contender, huh? And on top of that, Houston had the scoring differential of a 47 win team last year. Those teams were very
similar, almost as similar, in fact, as David West and Luis Scola. Which leads me to my next point. . .
David West and Luis Scola are virtually identical players, whether you agree or not. You're entitled to your opinion that West is a better offensive player, but the margin is very slim, and certainly not large enough for you to be in favor of West earning 10 million dollars this year while thinking Luis Scola has the world's worst contract. The whole reason I made the comp between the two of them is because they have extremely similar numbers, which I assume you didn't take the time to look up, because if you did, I'm not sure how you could very casually say that West is a better player. Take a look:
Scola per 36: 20.2 ppg, 9.0 TRB, .504 fg%, ts% .538, tr% 14.2, ast% 13.7, usage rate of 25.7%.
West per 36: 19.4 ppg, 7.8 TRB, .508 fg%, ts% .558, tr% 13.1%, ast% 12.7, usage rate of 25.8%.
You sure do value the very slim margin by which West shoots better.
And lastly, somebody will take Scola at the trade deadline. His whole contract, too.
Edited by Grin&MartyBarret, 23 December 2011 - 01:34 PM.