Now that the NBA regular season has concluded, it is time for the real fun: the playoffs. We thought it was a good time to update what’s happening with NBA payrolls, as much has changed since last season. First we will break down the payrolls of the NBA playoff teams competing for a championship. At the bottom of the post, you can also find the payrolls for every team in the league.
Some teams were expected to make the playoffs when the 2014-15 season got underway. Others, however, surprised everybody by sneaking into "top eight" in their respective conference.
Below, we examine the playoff teams for each conference, including their payroll for this season. Here are the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, ranked from highest seed to lowest.
Atlanta Hawks: $59,945,589
Cleveland Cavaliers: $82,158,280
Chicago Bulls: $67,414,682
Toronto Raptors: $81,074,903
Washington Wizards: $75,920,974
Milwaukee Bucks: $55,930,635
Boston Celtics: $65,079,652
Brooklyn Nets: $91,218,121
With these payroll numbers in mind, it is easy to see that the Atlanta Hawks made the most of their money. The Hawks have the second lowest payroll of any playoff team in the East, however, the team was able to secure the number one seed.
Now, let's examine the Western Conference.
Golden State Warriors: $73,381,375
Houston Rockets: $74,517,002
Los Angeles Clippers: $84,220,671
Portland Trail Blazers: $67,226,812
Memphis Grizzlies: $74,785,123
San Antonio Spurs: $70,262,304
Dallas Mavericks: $76,192,023
New Orleans Pelicans: $77,405,661
The Portland Trail Blazers, with a payroll of $67,226,812, got a lot of bang for their buck this season. The Trail Blazers have the lowest payroll of all Western Conference playoff teams, but was still able to secure the number four seed. It is also worth noting that the defending champion San Antonio Spurs had the second lowest payroll of all playoff teams in the west.
As the playoffs move forward and teams are sent home for the offseason, it will be interesting to track the payroll numbers for those that remain. Which team is your choice to become NBA Champion this season?
With all these numbers in mind, here are the payrolls for the 30 NBA franchises in the 2014-2015 season.