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Back in my ill-advised pursuit of the Indie rock dream days, I was forced to make a huge decision when it came time to buy a new bass guitar. I mean, obviously I was getting a Fender, and I was pretty sure it would be a P-Bass, but do I spend the extra dough to get an American model? Or can I get by with a Mexican-made rocket?
In the end, I went Mexican. But that was based on the fact that I was a pizza delivery man and paid way too much for rent. The smart move would have been to buy American. Why? Because these aren’t cars and if you’re a musician, you know that the extra cash upfront for an American-made Fender means that it actually will appreciate in value in the time that you own it (especially if you become famous).
Acquiring assets that appreciate over time is not something to take lightly. The Orlando Magic and general manager Rob Hennigan get that, and they have a piece in Glen Davis that is probably more valuable now than when he was first acquired in late 2011 by the Otis Smith regime.
Just look at his Player Efficiency Rating in correlation with his usage rate over the past six seasons. Davis has progressed from an 11.3 PER in his rookie season (17.4 percent usage rate) to a career-best 15.0 PER in the first half of this season (25.5 percent usage rate). There is really no arguing the fact that as his usage has gone up, his production has increased. Even if his efficiency and shot selection has admittedly suffered mightily along the way.