NBA Salary Cap Essay

2459 Words Oct 30th, 2006 10 Pages
The NBA Salary cap is an interesting topic. It is a little different than other sports' salary caps. A salary cap is a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on player contracts. (Coon, 1) Although the NBA has a salary cap, teams can still go over the amount of the cap and are allowed. The NBA Salary cap is considered to be a soft cap because of the exceptions teams can use to pay more money for certain players and go over the salary cap. In other sports they may not have a certain limit on how much money a team can spend on a player or their team. Baseball for example, they are allowed to spend as much money as they want on a team. That is why the New York Yankees have a lot of big name players with high paying …show more content…
Michael Jordan got paid more than half of the Sacramento Kings salary. He is just one player and they still had to pay for about 12 to 14 more players contracts also. Along with Michael Jordan the Bulls had Scottie Pippen who was one of the better players in the league too. This didn't work for the 04-05 season with the teams who had the high team salaries. Two of the top five highest paid teams that year even made the playoffs. Those teams were the Dallas Mavericks with a $90,900,000 salary and the Philadelphia 76ers with a salary of $70,700,000. Phoenix the third lowest team salary with $43,100,000 made the playoffs. (Insidehoops, 1) So not necessarily does the team with the highest paid teams win the Championship or even make it into the playoffs. However the Sacramento Kings did have the highest paid coach during that season. Rick Adelman was getting paid $6.9 million. So maybe it has to do with the coach that the team has. Four of the top five paid coaches that season had their team in the playoffs. Now when you are talking about the top paid players for the season of 2005-06 the top five players none of them are on the Sacramento Kings. Shaquille O'Neal was the highest paid at $20 million and he plays for Miami Heat. (Insidehoops, 1) The Heat made the playoffs the year before so

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