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Jaqua not ineffecient use of money

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The Blaise Nkufo signing has people judging the merits of Nate Jaqua. He's been considered a failure despite putting up solid Goal and Assist numbers in the league. He was one of the best second forwards in the League last year by these measures, and when adjusted for a rate stat, he remains in the top.

Today I saw a new argument, that he was just too inefficient a use of the 208k that he made, so I added in salary to my PP90 number and valued each player by Points Per 90 per 100k of salary. This makes it a double rate, because I'm lazy I only did it for the players last year who will be in the league this year, and who made more than 200k. That made it only 27 players, we are missing Blanco, Vitti and Huckerby, but Jaqua was certainly better than all but Blanco, and rolly-polly made a ton of money, so it would be close.

Guess what? Nate Jaqua was 3rd. Yep, THIRD. Its a rate stat people. He scored goals, got assists. He was efficient, and of the high priced players he performed. Oh, and he really wanted to play in Seattle. Sure, he wasn't pretty, and he certainly isn't a classic Target Forward. But only Jeff Cunningham and Conor Casey were better values amongst the "rich" MLS players. The poor man's Brian Ching (that's Jaqua), just edged out Brian Ching. Go to the bottom of the list and you'll find the DPs.

Full Chart below the Jump

Name Salary Minutes Points PP90 PP90 per 100k
Cunningham 219 1918 42 1.971 0.900
Casey 200 2087 33 1.423 0.712
Jaqua 208 2278 25 0.988 0.475
Ching 243 1549 19 1.104 0.454
Moreno 355 1240 21 1.524 0.429
Wolff 200 2348 22 0.843 0.422
Kljestan 203 2041 13 0.573 0.282
Jankauskas 240 667 5 0.675 0.281
Ferriera 300 2692 25 0.836 0.279
Barrett 203 2069 13 0.565 0.279
Gomez 321 1612 16 0.893 0.278
DvdB 227 2446 17 0.626 0.276
DeRo 426 2444 28 1.031 0.242
Joseph 450 2228 24 0.969 0.215
Arnaud 229 2214 12 0.488 0.213
Fred 257 1422 8 0.506 0.197
McBride 385 1963 16 0.734 0.191
Mapp 255 1013 5 0.444 0.174
GBS 775 1816 27 1.338 0.173
Morales 200 2076 7 0.303 0.152
Donovan 900 2152 30 1.255 0.139
Emilio 758 2070 22 0.957 0.126
Corrales 202 2066 3 0.131 0.065
JPA 1798 2133 26 1.097 0.061
Ljungberg 1314 1836 13 0.637 0.048
Beckham 6500 889 7 0.709 0.011
de Guzman 956 450 0 0.000 0.000

 

 

I'm notsaying that I want Jaqua more than others on this list, what I am saying is that if we are going to invent a measure of a player's effectiveness let's see what the numbers say before we condemn the man.  I am also not saying that this is a complete image of who any of these players are.