The Most Important Player On Every NBA Team

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To determine the most important player on every NBA team, we looked at which players change their teams the most when they are on the court.Using the basketball stats site 82games.com, we found these on court/off court stats, and the results were pretty surprising.

Generally, the most important players on the really good teams are the stars, and the most important players on the bad teams are role players.

*To be eligible, players had to play at least 50% of their available minutes.

Atlanta Hawks: Kyler Korver (+9.6 points per 100 possessions when he's on the court)

Salary: $5 million (6th on team)

Stats: 11.5 ppg, 46.4% from three, 14.69 PER

Source: 82games

Boston Celtics: Kevin Garnett (+3.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $12.5 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 19.49 PER

Source: 82games

Brooklyn Nets: Joe Johnson (+17.2 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $19.7 million (1st on team)

Stats: 16.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 14.35 PER

Source: 82games

Charlotte Bobcats: Kemba Walker (+2.3 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $2.5 million (10th on team)

Stats: 17.5 ppg, 5.6 apg, 19.05 PER

Source: 82games

Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah (+0.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $11 million (4th on team)

Stats: 11.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 17.21 PER

Source: 82games

Cleveland Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson (+7.2 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $4 million (5th on team)

Stats: 11.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 16.18 PER

Source: 82games

Dallas Mavericks: Vince Carter (+10.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $3.2 million (5th on team)

Stats: 12.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 17.02 PER

Source: 82games

Denver Nuggets: Andre Iguodala (+8.0 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $14.7 million (1st on team)

Stats: 13.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 14.8 PER

Source: 82games

Detroit Pistons: Kyle Singler (+4.4 per 100 possessions)

Salary: $1 million (14th on team)

Stats: 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 10.9 PER

Source: 82games

Golden State Warriors: David Lee (+7.2 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $12.7 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 19.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 19.71 PER

Source: 82games

Houston Rockets: Omer Asik (+4.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $5million (3rd on team)

Stats: 10.4 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 14.74 PER

Source: 82games

Indiana Pacers: David West (+11.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $10 million (3rd on team)

Stats: 17.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 16 PER

Source: 82games

LA Clippers: Chris Paul (+6.3 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.8 million (1st on team)

Stats: 16.6 ppg, 9.7 apg, 26.13 PER

Source: 82games

LA Lakers: Metta World Peace (+16.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $7.2 million (5th on team)

Stats: 13.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 13.34 PER

Source: 82games

Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley (+12.0 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $7.1 million (3rd on team)

Stats: 13.2 ppg, 5.8 apg, 17.08 PER

Source: 82games

Miami Heat: LeBron James (+14.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.5 million (T-1st on team)

Stats: 26.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 30.62 PER

Source: 82games

Milwaukee Bucks: Larry Sanders (+2.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $1.9 million (10th on team)

Stats: 8.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 18.44 PER

Source: 82games

Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrei Kirilenko (+5.2 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $9.8 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 18.19 PER

Source: 82games

New Orleans Hornets: Greivis Vasquez (+6.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $1.2 million (12th on team)

Stats: 13.9 ppg, 9.4 apg, 16.45 PER

Source: 82games

New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony (+6.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $19.5 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 28.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 24.08 PER

Source: 82games

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant (+15.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.5 million (1st on team)

Stats: 29.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 29.07 PER

Source: 82games

Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson (+7.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $8.6 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 15.0 ppg, 7.2 apg, 15.68 PER

Source: 82games

Philadelphia 76ers: Thaddeus Young (+10.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $8 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 17.85 PER

Source: 82games

Phoenix Suns: Jared Dudley (+11.5 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $8 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 15.50 PER

Source: 82games

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard (+10.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $3 million (6th on team)

Stats: 18.4 ppg, 6.5 apg, 16.40 PER

Source: 82games

Sacramento Kings: John Salmons (+7.5 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $8 million (1st on team)

Stats: 8.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 10.88 PER

Source: 82games

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (+5.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $9.6 million (4th on team)

Stats: 17.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 24.94 PER

Source: 82games

Toronto Raptors: Amir Johnson (+13.8 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $6 million (3rd on team)

Stats: 9.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 18.02 PER

Source: 82games

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward (+1.6 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $2.6 million (8th on team)

Stats: 13.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 16.30 PER

Source: 82games

Washington Wizards: Nene (+15.8 points per 100 possessions)*

Salary: $13 million (2nd on team)

Stats: 12.5 ppg, 6.6 apg, 18.04 PER

Source: 82games

*Nene hasn't played 50% of his team's minutes. But he has played like a starting since returning form injury, so we made an exception.

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