In the NBA, payroll means playoffs

Unlike other leagues, top-spending teams usually make postseason

Originally Published: June 11, 2013
By Kristi Dosh | ESPN.com

If numbers never lie, then it seems you can buy your way into the NBA playoffs. The top 10 payrolls in the NBA all made it into this year's playoffs, with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs coming in and third and 10th, respectively. These findings and more were revealed in the third annual ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey, detailed more fully in conjunction with The Magazine's Money Issue, on sale June 14. The poll covered 278 teams in 14 leagues in seven sports ...

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