Rasheed Wallace Retires and a Preview of the Next Week

Rasheed Wallace has announced his retirement.  Wallace was the 4th player selected in the 1995 draft.  Across the next 15 seasons he posted the following numbers:

  • $150 million in salary (according to Basketball-Reference.com)
  • 1,088 games played
  • 35,947 minutes played
  • 15,860 points scored
  • 68.2 Wins Produced
  • 0.091 Career WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes]

If we consider the first four numbers, Rasheed was an above average player who lived up to his lofty draft status.  His Wins Produced numbers, though, suggest he was little different from an average player who was paid like a star.  Consequently, he earned $2.2 million per win. 

Of course, Wallace’s career WP48 is just an average.  In some years – like 1995-96 [-0.025 WP48] and 2009-10 [-0.039 WP48] – Wallace was well below his career average.  Yes, in Wallace’s first and last season he posted numbers in the negative range.  But from age 25 to 34 he was generally average to slightly above average in most seasons.  In other words, Wallace essentially hit his peak in his mid-twenties and then stayed productive until last season.   But by 35, it looks like he is done.

Wallace actually stayed productive a bit longer than is typical for an NBA player.  In other words, by the time an NBA player reaches 33 or 34 he is – in general — noticeably less productive than what we see in the mid-20s.  Wallace was still able to contribute at that advanced age. Unfortunately for the Celtics, he couldn’t squeeze one more year out of his body.

Okay, that’s all I wanted to say about Rasheed.  We have much better posts coming up in the near future.  In the next few days…

  • Shawn Ryan has a review of the 2010 NBA draft.
  • Nicholas Yee has a review of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics.
  • Devin Dignam has a post on the Toronto Raptors.
  • and Arturo Galletti and Andres Alvarez have some very interesting research on the NBA draft that needs to be posted.

I am off to the Western Economic Association meetings in Portland.  As I mentioned in May, there will be more than 60 papers presented on sports and economics at these meetings (unfortunately I agreed to be part of six of these papers, a number of co-authored papers I hope I never see again).  Plus we will have a panel discussion of blogging about sports and economics. So I think we are all looking forward to a very interesting week.

While I am at the meetings, I do hope I can get some of the aforementioned columns posted.  At least, that’s my hope.   If that doesn’t happen, can everyone spend the next week discussing ‘Sheed?

Okay, I really will try to get other stuff posted.

Update:  Robbie O’Malley has offered some thoughts on the Kirk Hinrich trade.  Those thoughts might prove more interesting than what I said about Rasheed (and therefore, might be worth discussing).

– DJ

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