Earn $5,143.52 Per Minute!

Posted: July 11, 2008 in money, sports, work

DeSagana Diop, a 7 foot tall NBA center, just signed a 5 year contract with the Dallas Mavericks for a total of $31,000,000.00….or 6.2 million a year.  You’re thinking…wow, that’s a LOT of money, especially for a guy I’m not even sure I’ve heard of!  Well, you’re right.  Let me break it down for you.  Diop has played 7 full NBA seasons.  Wanna know his “career” stats?  Here they are:

14.7 minutes per game … 43% field goal percentage … 52% free throw percentage … 1.2 blocks per game … 3.9 rebounds per game… 2.1 points per game.  That’s right.  For 6 million a year, the guys scores 2 points, gets 4 rebounds, plays 15 minutes, and shoots 52% from the free throw line. 

Let’s break it down further.  This season, let’s ASSUME he plays in all 82 games (he’s only averaged playing in 62 games each season over his career).  And let’s ASSUME he plays to his career averages.  With those assumptions in mind, we reach these earnings conclusions.  Diop will earn…

$75,609 per game  OR  $63,007 per blocked shot  OR  $36,004 per point scored  OR  $19,386 per rebound  OR  $5,143.52 per minute he spends on the court in a game.  Or, to put it more personally, Diop, in ONE MINUTE of action, will earn more than I do in 300 HOURS of work.  And, frankly, that pisses me off.

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