Coro: Suns Outline Refund Policy; Sounds Good To Me

The plan is actually a sound one.

If you don't ask for a refund, you'll get credit toward future games plus 10% interest. Basically, for every 10 lost games you'll get credit toward 11 in the next season.

If you want your money back, just say so by September 1 and you'll get refunded on a monthly basis (for each previous month's lost games) with a 1% interest rate. Since sports tickets are not an appreciable asset, any interest rate is a bonus. Ever hear of giving back more than the purchase price on cancelled concerts? Me neither.

Former Phoenix Sun Armen Gilliam died after suffering a heart attack Tuesday night while playing basketball in Pittsburgh. Gilliam was 47. The forward averaged 13.7 points and 6.9 boards for his...

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The entire Phoenix Suns team was included in a recent report by Arturo Galletti of The Wages of Wins Journal which lists the value of every NBA player as compared with that player's salary, giving hard-core Suns fans more fodder for their anti-Vince Carter-in-2012 campaigns. Galletti has created - or "remixed" as he calls it - a list of the most over- and under-paid players in the NBA in 2011 by comparing player salaries with both the number of "Wins Produced" by the player and the average value of any given win (taken by dividing the total NBA payroll and dividing it by the number of total wins in a season). 

The "Wins Produced" statistic, made by sports economist David Berri (who co-authored the Wages of Wins book) using some fancy math, makes all of this possible. The number of Wins Produced by any given player is simply multiplied by the average win value (around $1.5 million). There are a number of arguments against the Wins Produced statistic, throughout which Berri has defended and deflected quite nicely, but for our purposes as NBA fans it will do very well. 

Check the Phoenix Suns' most underpaid and overplayed players for 2011 after thejump!



via The Wages of Wins Journal



We're unsurprised: Steve Nash is still the undisputed motor of this team, and for quite a while it has been two very different stories when he is on the court or on the bench (or lounging on the sideline). On the other hand, we're equally unsurprised that Vince Carter, the frustrating enigma that would maybe be served best taking his talents overseas, ends up at the last place spot on our list. Having "produced" less wins than Hakim Warrick, Vince Carter still pulls in the top salary on the team. Jared Dudley, the fan-favorite workhorse, earns his spot on the top of this list. 

We're slightly more surprised: Earl Clark, Gani Lawal, Garret Siler, Aaron Brooks, and Zabian Dowdell fill out the center portion of the list in large part due to their relatively small contracts, and the fact that they didn't play enough to cause the Suns to lose or win games overall. But just because they didn't hurt the Suns too much doesn't mean they have greater value than players like Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick, both of whom appear towards the bottom of the list. Perhaps this is where taking into account the number of games played would be an interesting statistical layer to be added. 

Overall the cool chart shows us some interesting things about the Suns. Nobody should be surprised to see Nash at the top of the chart, but there are always detractors that say he is on his way down and out. It's also really nice to see young bruisers Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley rounding out the top three. Those two will likely (hopefully) be Phoenix Suns for many years to come. 


Here's a nice piece from Paul Coro written a few days ago that gives us a little insight into Lawal's return from injury next season, and what he (Gani) believes we can expect from him.

Of course every player will have mostly high expectations of himself combined with a positive outlook on his own potential, but the story and interview with Gani gives us a hopeful outlook in an area that has plagued our team since the departure of Amare Stoudemire.  Gani talks about getting stronger and working on his 15-footer to help him get better.  Any help in and around the paint from our 4 would be a welcomed addition, so I am happy to hear about his dedication and progress.

I came away from this piece with the impression that Gani is a very hard worker who is taking his opportunity seriously and doing all of the right things. There's also a nice quote in the article from our GM Lance Blanks about how people shouldn't think that Lawal and Markeiff offer similar skill sets, and that Gani would basically be viewed as a rookie coming into this season (assuming his non-guaranteed salary is picked up).

Check it out and let me know what you think.


Source: Paul Coro & Arizona Republic

RIP Armen Gilliam, Dead at 47

2nd overall pick by the Suns in 1987. Trade for Kurt Rambis in 1990.

He died with his sneakers on.

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