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  • Thunder nail West No. 2 seed, 112-111

    DETROIT OKLAHOMA CITY
    K Caldwell-Pope $ 19.5 K Durant $ 22.0
    A Drummond $ 16.0 R Westbrook $ 19.5
    G Monroe $ 15.0 R Jackson $ 9.5

    Kevin Durant concluded his expected MVP regular season in style, and Oklahoma City is the West No. 2 seed.  The Thunder forward scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning driving layup with 16 seconds remaining.  He finished with a $ 22.0 million Total Player Value, and the top three rated players for each team are listed above.

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News

  • West has 12 of top 15 rated All-Star selections

    Anthony Davis was a replacement selection to the West All-Stars due to a Kobe Bryant injury.  The level of play between the two conferences has created a situation where this last-minute addition has a higher Total Player Value rating than nine of the 12 East players.

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  • Durant leads MVP race at midseason

    Total Player Value agrees with the conventional wisdom that Kevin Durant leads the MVP race at midseason.  He has a $ 31.0 million rating after 43 games, and it will be difficult for LeBron James to win his third in a row, but he is still within striking distance.

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  • Bulls send Deng to Cavs in cost-cutting deal

    Chicago and Luol Deng could not agree on his value.  As a result, he was sent to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum and a moderate level of future draft upgrade.  According to Total Player Value, the Bulls made Deng a fair offer but he wanted a better deal.

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  • Suns rivaling Portland for the hottest story

    There are two most unexpected stories dominating the first half of the NBA season.  The first is that the Portland Trailblazers have the league’s best record coming off a 33-49 season.  Perhaps as unlikely is the rise of the Phoenix Suns, a 25-win team one year ago.  They are now 17-10, and closing in on the LA Clippers in the Pacific Division.

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TPV Special Feature

  • Miami story reminiscent of earlier Lakers’ saga

    During the past few months, the Miami Heat have become the focus of the most intense spotlight that any sports team has experienced in recent memory.  Nevertheless, there was a relatively similar situation in NBA history, in an era with fewer publicity outlets.

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MINI CHARTS

TOP 20 PLAYERS REG SEASON

NO PLAYER TEAM TPV VALUE
1 Kevin Durant OKC $ 30.5
2 LeBron James MIA $ 28.5
3 LaMarcus Aldridge POR $ 21.0
4 Kevin Love MIN $ 20.0
5 Blake Griffin LAC $ 19.5

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TOP 10 ROOKIES REG SEASON

NO PLAYER TEAM TPV VALUE
1 Michael Carter-Williams PHI $ 6.5
2 Trey Burke UTA $ 4.5
3 Mason Plumlee BRK $ 4.5
4 Victor Oladipo ORL $ 4.0
5 Tim Hardaway, Jr. NYK $ 3.0

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