Study: NBA Whites Are Not Underpaid (Counterpoint: Are They Overpaid?)Kyle Wagner1/17/14 2:57pmFiled to: nbasalariesshut up whiteygettypicRegressing32EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOK, hold on, just—just wait a second. This does actually make sense. A new study from the University of Toledo has found that white American NBA players are not discriminated against in their wages. We do have a question, though. AdvertisementEconomist Olugbenga Ajilore has taken the mostly recent contention that white players are underpaid in the NBA and disproven it by comparing players' PER and Win Shares to average salaries. You can read the full paper here, but the conclusion is that, given comparable statistical output, there is no evidence of racial discrimination in the NBA.Of course, PER and Win Shares don't capture the defensive side of basketball very well. Modern Defensive Win Shares, which are part of Win Shares, depend on defensive rebounds, blocks, steals, and minutes played, as well as the marginal defense estimated for a player. PER uses blocks and steals as its main defensive metrics, but has rebounds built in as well. A quick glance at WS leaders for this year has Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Steph Curry, and David Lee in the top 10. James Harden is 11. Anthony Davis, a singular defensive planet destroyer this season, is 15th. Davis fares better by PER, but so then does Carmelo Anthony. (Yes, WS is a counting stat and AD was out with injury, but even by WS/48 Davis trails Brook Lopez, and just edges out JJ Redick.) As tools for measuring defensive effectiveness, Win Shares and PER kind of suck.