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Three NBA Players to Go Long On
Three NBA Players to Go Long On

Associated Press

February 23, 2023

Now that the NFL season is over, it’s time to turn our attention to the NBA. What better way to do so than with NBA stocks on Mojo? That’s right, Mojo now has over 120 of your favorite NBA stars to bet on. Take a position, Long or Short, and remember, use those unique Multipliers to supercharge your bets and increase your potential return. 

Like in the NFL, players accrue earnings based on real-life performance. Here’s the Mojo value formula for NBA career stocks:

As you may have guessed, being a well-rounded player has its benefits on Mojo, as a variety of counting stats make up a player’s share price. Now that we know how players accrue value, let’s deep dive into some stocks to see who’s currently undervalued by the market. Here are three players you should Go Long on right now. 

After reading the article, let me know if you agree. You can hit me up anytime on Twitter @AdamKoffler to talk about it. 

Cameron Johnson, $79.19 (3x Multiplier)

In a move that sent shockwaves through the league, Kevin Durant was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline. Durant has yet to play for his new team, but Bridges and Johnson have already started making an impact for theirs.

It’s been just three games thus far for Johnson in Brooklyn, but according to FantasyLabs’ On/Off Court tool, his usage has increased from 20.3% in 17 games with the Suns, to 22.5% in three games with the Nets. His assist percentage has also increased from 8.8% to 11.7%. And that’s in just three games, two of which he played fewer than 29 minutes. 

In the one game he played over 34 minutes, Johnson scored 18 points, took 10 3-pointers, had three assists, and, most importantly, didn't turn the ball over. In fact, he hasn’t turned the ball over since joining the Nets. 

In his four seasons with the Suns, Johnson started just 26% of his games played. He’s started all three games with the Nets so far. It’s clear his role has grown from situational role player to top-3 option on a team lacking starpower. 

Thus far in his career, Johnson has banked $26.38. That’s $0.13 per game. With a Future Value of $52.81, the market expects Johnson to play another 406 games (at his career per-game production). That’s just under five more full NBA seasons. However, his per-game production will likely rise now given his new role and opportunity with the Nets. In no world should Johnson have a Future Value nearly equal to that of eight-year veteran Bobby Portis.

Right now is the time to bet on Johnson before he cements himself as a cornerstone of an NBA franchise. Go Long and make sure to use his 3x Multiplier to increase your ROI. 

Jalen Green, $127.20 (2x Multiplier)

As a rookie, Green had a usage rate of 24.1%. That was less than Kevin Porter Jr. (24.7%), and just above Christian Wood (23.9%). This season, his usage has jumped up to 28.8%, and only he and Porter Jr. (26.1%) have a usage above 22.4% on the Rockets. He just turned 21 and he’s already putting up 21.8 points per game in his sophomore season.

The market sees Green’s potential is high with $113.46 of Future Value and just $13.74 of banked value making up his share price, but I don’t think that’s high enough. To compare, the Mojo market expects guys like Anfernee Simons (Future Value = $114.37), Tyler Herro (Future Value = $117.04), and Jamal Murray (Future Value = $114.78) to outperform Green from this point forward. Simons is in his fifth season, Herro is in his fourth, and Murray is in his sixth. 

It took Simons and Murray five seasons to average north of 20 points per game, while Herro did it in his third season. Green is doing it easily in just his second season at the young age of 21. His ceiling is unlimited and he’s not getting the respect he deserves from the market. However, that presents us with the perfect buying opportunity before the market adjusts upward.  

Stars these days are playing 15+ seasons in the NBA. If his sophomore season ended today, the market is expecting him to play approximately 16 more seasons at his current level of production. But we all know that’s not the case and Green will drastically improve over the course of the next few seasons. 

He could very well be a guy that drops 30 a night two years from now. He could be earning $13.22 per season like Kyrie Irving has in his career. At that per-season average, he’d need to play just nine more seasons to meet his current Future Value. All that to say, there’s a ton of room for growth in Green’s current stock price. 

The time to Go Long on the Rockets’ star of the future is now!

Nikola Vucevic, $167.87 (10x Multiplier)

Unlike Cam Johnson and Jalen Green, Vucevic has a Multiplier of 10x. That’s because his stock price in theory will have smaller fluctuations due to the fact that he’s already earned $136.22 thus far in his career. For Green in particular, 89.2% of his share price is based on Future Value. In comparison, just 18.9% of Vucevic’s share price is based on Future Value. 

But that’s not to say there’s no value in the 12th-year center’s stock. In fact, I’d argue he’s a fantastic bet to far outperform current market expectations. He’s a guy I’d be looking to Go Long on right now.

For starters, he’s earned an average of $11.35 per season through just over 11.5 seasons. That includes a rookie season where he started just 29% of his games and averaged just 5.5 points per contest. Based on his current per-game production of 17.9 points, 11.5 boards, 3.4 assists, and 1.5 stocks (steals + blocks), it’s safe to say Vucevic is still very much in his prime despite being 32 years of age. 

Other similar-aged vets and their respective Future Values include; Tobias Harris ($51.51), Jonas Valanciunas ($40.68), and Khris Middleton ($43.08). There’s no way Vucevic should have a Future Value lower than these three guys based on current production. In fact, only five centers this season are averaging more points + rebounds (29.4) than Vooch this season. Those players are Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, and Kristaps Porzingis. Bucks center Brook Lopez is in his 15th NBA season and has a Future Value just $1.39 less than Vucevic. 

The market currently expects Vucevic to play just under another three NBA seasons. At that point he’d be 35 years of age, but we’ve seen big men like Al Horford and Brook Lopez continue to be productive well into their mid-to-upper 30s. With the way Vucevic is still performing today, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him play at least another four to five NBA seasons. And one last point, Vucevic hasn’t missed a game all season. He’s an iron-man, even at 32!

Go Long now, and make absolutely certain you’re using his 10x Multiplier to exponentially increase your potential return on investment. 

Prices are current as of 2/23/23 at 9:00 AM
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