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Think you know who's the best bargain in the NBA? We did the math to find out

The NBA had 55 players earning at least $10 million two seasons ago. The total this season with the latest CBA in place: 107. Given all this big money, who has been worth it? We crunched the numbers to find out.

Who'sThe Best Bargainin the NBA?

The NBA had 55 players earning at least $10 million annually two seasons ago. The total this season: 107. With all this big money, who has been worth it? We made six rounds of cuts based on performance and value, using 2016-17 numbers as of April 1. End result: the one player that's hands-down delivering the most bang for his buck. Think you know who it is?

Round 1 CUT PLAYERS BELOW AVERAGE ON BOTH ENDS

If you rate as a negative offensive and defensive player in real plus/minus, you're out. Being negative in one is fine -- you can be so good on one end that it supersedes lesser results on the other (James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, etc.). But negative in both? So long.

Harrison Barnes $22.1M
Chandler Parsons $22.1M
Allen Crabbe $18.5M
Evan Turner $16.3M
Kent Bazemore $15.7M
Jeff Green $15M
Reggie Jackson $14.9M
Tony Parker $14.4M
Rajon Rondo $14M
Jamal Crawford $13.2M
J.R. Smith $12.8M
Brandon Knight $12.6M
Jordan Clarkson $12.5M
Arron Afflalo $12.5M
Jeremy Lin $11.4M
Monta Ellis $10.7M
Zach Randolph $10.3M
Al Jefferson $10.2M
Tyreke Evans $10.2M
Alec Burks $10.1M
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Total Cuts 20
Remaining 87
Round 2 CUT PLAYERS LACKING A SPECIAL SKILL

If you're getting paid, you'd better rank in the top 20 in one elite skill (PPG, RPG, APG, BPG, SPG or 3PG). A great shooter (Eric Gordon) or rim protector (Hassan Whiteside) survives here. But those cut tend to be versatile role players and aging vets who make smaller contributions.

Dirk Nowitzki $25M
Derrick Rose $21.3M
Luol Deng $18M
Tobias Harris $17.2M
Greg Monroe $17.1M
Enes Kanter $17.1M
Evan Fournier $17M
Timofey Mozgov $16M
Ian Mahinmi $15.9M
DeMarre Carroll $14.2M
Manu Ginobili $14M
Miles Plumlee $12.5M
Marvin Williams $12.2M
Kenneth Faried $12M
Amir Johnson $12M
Courtney Lee $11.2M
Solomon Hill $11.2M
Wilson Chandler $11.2M
Andre Iguodala $11.1M
Derrick Favors $11M
Austin Rivers $11M
Joe Johnson $11M
Jon Leuer $10.9M
Mirza Teletovic $10.5M
Jared Dudley $10.4M
Terrence Ross $10M
Danny Green $10M
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Total Cuts 47
Remaining 60
Round 3 CUT PLAYERS BASED ON PERFORMANCE PER MILLION

To survive, a player's PPG or his RPG+APG+SPG+BPG has to exceed his salary (in millions). We lose Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Tough to drop players of that caliber, but these cuts are all about value. In reality, stars like these are on another level. For our purposes, we're leveling the playing field and holding everyone -- right or wrong -- to the same standards. Average cap hit in this cut: $20.1 million.

LeBron James $30.9M
Kevin Durant $26.5M
Mike Conley $26.5M
Al Horford $26.5M
Carmelo Anthony $24.5M
Dwyane Wade $23.2M
Dwight Howard $23.1M
Chris Paul $22.8M
Hassan Whiteside $22.1M
Andre Drummond $22.1M
Marc Gasol $21.1M
DeAndre Jordan $21.1M
Brook Lopez $21.1M
Kevin Love $21.1M
Nicolas Batum $20.8M
LaMarcus Aldridge $20.5M
Paul Millsap $20M
Ryan Anderson $18.7M
Wesley Matthews $17.1M
Bismack Biyombo $17M
Joakim Noah $17M
Pau Gasol $15.5M
Tristan Thompson $15.3M
Jonas Valanciunas $14.3M
Thaddeus Young $14.1M
Robin Lopez $13.2M
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $13M
John Henson $12.2M
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Total Cuts 75
Remaining 32
Round 4 CUT PLAYERS BY FACTORING IN PLAYING TIME

Similar to the last cut, but this time we lose those with the highest percentage of games missed compared to salary. This knocks off a handful of stars who aren't on the court enough to advance. Sorry, but we have to split hairs at this point and games missed are not a good return on investment.

DeMar DeRozan $26.5M
Bradley Beal $22.1M
Blake Griffin $20.1M
Khris Middleton $15.2M
Danilo Gallinari $15M
Rudy Gay $13.3M
Tyson Chandler $12.4M
Andrew Bogut $11M
Total Cuts 83
Remaining 24
Round 5 CUT PLAYERS BASED ON PERFORMANCE, PEER SALARY

Simply put, this cut measures performance relative to peer salary. We took each player's salary rank and compared it against a composite ranking of game score and RPM. Harden and Westbrook, the priciest players left at $26.5 million each, are gone. On to our final grouping ...

Russell Westbrook $26.5M
James Harden $26.5M
Damian Lillard $24.3M
Anthony Davis $22.1M
Paul George $18.3M
Kyrie Irving $17.6M
Klay Thompson $16.6M
Goran Dragic $15.8M
Marcin Gortat $12M
Total Cuts 92
Remaining 15
BEST BANG FOR BUCK:
THE FINAL 15

These are the 15 best values among the $10 million club. Highest-paid: Kawhi Leonard ($17.7 million). Lowest: Jrue Holiday ($11.3 million). The formula for picking the best value: scoring + non-scoring contributions divided by salary and multiplied by percentage of games played.

Kawhi Leonard $17.6 million
Jimmy Butler $17.5 million
DeMarcus Cousins $16.9 million
John Wall $16.9 million
Gordon Hayward $16 million
Draymond Green $15.3 million
Eric Bledsoe $14 million
Ricky Rubio $13.5 million
Eric Gordon $12.3 million
Serge Ibaka $12.2 million
Stephen Curry $12.1 million
Kemba Walker $12 million
Kyle Lowry $12 million
Nikola Vucevic $11.7 million
Jrue Holiday $11.2 million
Best Bargain?
Steph Curry! Golden State's reigning MVP offers the most bang for your buck after six rounds of cuts, easily beating out Kyle Lowry. But change is coming at the top -- Curry and Lowry are in line for huge deals this summer, after which Kemba Walker (third place here, with two years left on his contract) assumes the mantle.

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