WP: Hughes vs. Wallace
Posted by disappointmentzone on 21 February 2008
Like I said in the post below, this blockbuster three-team eleven-player trade is essentially two trades for the Cavs, with the centerpiece being Larry Hughes for Ben Wallace. How do these two players stack up?
As of January 31st, Larry Hughes had a Wins Produced per 48 minutes of -0.080. This ranked him 434 out of the 446 players in the NBA. Yes, Larry Hughes is that bad. How he’s a starter on a contending team is baffling, but I guess the universe straightened everything out because he’ll now be a starter on a non-contending team, a role usually played by those who are one of the 20 worst players in the league.
As of January 31st, Ben Wallace had a Wins Produced per 48 minutes of .162. This ranked him 53rd in the NBA.
According to Wins Produced the margin between Hughes and Wallace is nearly as wide as the entire NBA. I would say the extra million the Cavs have to pay Wallace instead of Hughes is the most cost-effective extra million dollars being spent in the NBA this season.