NBA Roundtable

NBA Salary Cap Rises

In General NBA on July 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

Salary cap

  • 2014/15 – cap was $63 million

Estimates for

  • 2015/16 – cap expected to be $70 million
  • 2016/17 – cap expected to be $89 million
  • 2017/18 – cap expected to be $108 million

So for evaluating contract this off-season,

  • 2016/17 cap = a 43% rise on last year’s numbers
  • 2017/18 cap = a 72% rise on last year’s numbers

So for a quick guide on relative value

Equivalent of today’s pay relative to new cap in 2016 and 2017

  • $2.5 million in 2015 = $3.6 million in 2016 = $4.3 million in 2017
  • $5 million in 2015 = $7.15 million in 2016 = $8.6 million in 2017
  • $7.5 million in 2015 = $10.73 million in 2016 = $12.9 million in 2017
  • $10 million in 2015 = $14.3 million in 2016 = $17.2 million in 2017
  • $12.5 million in 2015 = $17.9 million in 2016 = $21.5 million in 2017
  • $15 million in 2015 = $21.5 million in 2016 = $25.8 million in 2017
  • $17.5 million in 2015 = $25 million in 2016 = $30 million in 2017

Or going in reverse, the equivalent of pay in 2017 to today is

  • $18 million in 2017 = $14.9 million in 2016 = $10.47 million in 2015
  • $15 million in 2017 = $12.4 million in 2016 = $8.7 million in 2015
  • $13 million in 2017 = $10.74 million in 2016 = $7.6 million in 2015
  • $10 million in 2017 = $8.26 million in 2016 = $5.8 million in 2015
  • $8 million in 2017 = $6.6 million in 2016 = $4.65 million in 2015
  • $6 million in 2017 = $4.95 million in 2016 = $3.49 million in 2015
  • $4 million in 2017 = $3.3 million in 2016$2.33 million in 2015

Quick takeaways

  • role players the most likely to get overpaid
  • quasi-stars will most likely become great value, in some cases bargains
  • Established star players will probably be underpaid
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