Going back a couple of years ago to 2016, the NBA increased its salary cap from $70,000,000 to $94,143,000.
What happened next began a state of panic among NBA general managers that no one would have ever imagined.
It started off with players like Allen Crabbe, Joakim Noah, and Nicholas Batum getting astronomical contracts that were nowhere near the correct value.
To put things into comparison, Crabbe, a player who saw approxiametly 10 to 15 minutes of game time per night, was given a four-year $75 million contract. That is a base salary of nearly $19 million a year. In 2016, players such as Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers each made $18 million that year in the NFL.
Now do you see the issue?
The Crabbe signing started a spiral of large contracts being given to players who had no value for their worth.
This still exists in today’s NBA, and it seems to be leading toward a huge player lockout in the foreseeable future.
Think about it like this: a lot of bad players are getting paid huge money, but not everyone on an NBA team is lucky enough to get one of those contracts.
When guys like Quinn Cook and Avery Bradley, who are getting paid under $5 million, look at a guy like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, they see a player who is not better, but is making twice the amount they are.
There are one or two situations like this on every NBA team.
One of the biggest issues in the league concerns the Charlotte Hornets, who are widely known for handing out money to bad players like it’s nothing.
The Hornets recently realized the NBA salary cap doesn’t discriminate when it comes to stupidity.
When it finally came time to pay Kemba Walker, their best player, the Hornets realistically did not have enough money to keep him. They tried low-balling offers to him, which were quickly rejected.
Walker then opted to become a free agent and was quickly signed by the Boston Celtics – one of the only teams that does not treat money like it grows on trees.
These awful contracts have also led to super teams. Teams in big markets, such as Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, and Boston have a much easier time at signing big-name free agents. The simple reason is this: who wants to live in Sacramento when Los Angeles is clearly the better choice?
All the big names in the NBA have joined forces in the big markets to create a whole new level of super team. Until this season, we had about four teams that were considered better than the rest.
One of those teams was the Golden State Warriors, who were favorites to win the title every year since they won the 2015 championship.
This season, there is a valid argument that nearly 10 teams have formed their own super teams.
This has caused people to believe that we might be on the verge of the best season we have ever seen in NBA history.