Playoff Bonus Money

April, 24, 2007
4/24/07
10:36
AM ET

You know the NBA this year will distribute $10 million to teams for various performance-based achievements. According to the NBA, here's how it will be distributed:

  • Best Record in NBA: $288,421
  • Best Record in Conference, $252,369 per team
  • Second Best Record in Conference, $202,842 per team
  • Third Best Record in Conference, $151,421 per team
  • Fourth Best Record in Conference, $119,000 per team
  • Fifth Best record in Conference, $99,158 per team
  • Sixth Best Record in Conference, $67,632 per team
  • Playing in the First Round, $149,243 per team
  • Playing in Conference Semifinals, $177,579 per team
  • Playing in Conference Finals, $293,447 per team
  • Losing in the NBA Finals: $1,173,474 per team
  • Winning the NBA Finals: $1,770,947 per team

So I did a little math: if the Mavericks were to maximize their earnings from all this -- they had the best record in the regular season -- by marching all the way to the title, they would bring in roughly $3 million extra (which is then divided among the players and team staff in a manner not unlike how people are voted off the island in "Survivor.")

On the one hand, that's a fantastic sum of money. $3 million as a bonus for being good at your job? But then you look at how much things cost in this league, and realize that even if everyone pitched in all together, it wouldn't be enough to hire a backup center.

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