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NBA Payrolls 2014-2015 [Update]

NBA Payrolls 2014-2015 [Update]

Posted On
April 17
By
Chris Bibey
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.

  1. Atlanta Hawks: $59,945,589
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: $82,158,280
  3. Chicago Bulls: $67,414,682
  4. Toronto Raptors: $81,074,903
  5. Washington Wizards: $75,920,974
  6. Milwaukee Bucks: $55,930,635
  7. Boston Celtics: $65,079,652
  8. 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.

  1. Golden State Warriors: $73,381,375
  2. Houston Rockets: $74,517,002
  3. Los Angeles Clippers: $84,220,671
  4. Portland Trail Blazers: $67,226,812
  5. Memphis Grizzlies: $74,785,123
  6. San Antonio Spurs: $70,262,304
  7. Dallas Mavericks: $76,192,023
  8. 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.

1

Brooklyn Nets

$91,218,121

2

Los Angeles Clippers

$84,220,671

3

Cleveland Cavaliers

$82,158,280

4

Toronto Raptors

$81,074,903

5

New York Knicks

$80,178,250

6

Oklahoma City Thunder

$80,134,264

7

New Orleans Pelicans

$77,405,661

8

Los Angeles Lakers

$77,345,994

9

Dallas Mavericks

$76,192,023

10

Washington Wizards

$75,920,974

11

Indiana Pacers

$74,793,526

12

Memphis Grizzlies

$74,785,123

13

Houston Rockets

$74,517,002

14

Golden State Warriors

$73,381,375

15

Miami Heat

$71,876,354

16

Sacramento Kings

$70,687,705

17

San Antonio Spurs

$70,262,304

18

Denver Nuggets

$69,832,805

19

Chicago Bulls

$67,414,682

20

Portland Trail Blazers

$67,226,812

21

Minnesota Timberwolves

$65,445,884

22

Charlotte Hornets

$65,422,618

23

Boston Celtics

$65,079,652

24

Phoenix Suns

$63,780,722

25

Detroit Pistons

$63,534,443

26

Atlanta Hawks

$59,945,589

27

Orlando Magic

$59,629,210

28

Utah Jazz

$59,492,376

29

Milwaukee Bucks

$55,930,635

30

Philadelphia 76ers

$41,607,749

Information courtesy of HoopsHype.

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