Data Talks. The NBA Salary Cap Data Visualization

The National Basketball Association is a men’s professional basketball league in North America, composed of 30 teams. It’s one of the 4 major professional sports leagues in the US and Canada. Therefore, NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world.

Above all, the league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). Its name changed to the National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after it merged with the competing National Basketball League (NBL).

Therefore, The NBA’s regular season runs from October to April. While, each team plays 82 games. Then, its playoffs extend into June.

NBA Salary Cap

The NBA salary cap is the limit to the total amount of money that National Basketball Association teams can pay their players. Therefore, like many professional sports leagues, the NBA has a salary cap to control costs. The league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) defines them.

Consequently, this limit is subject to a complex system of rules and exceptions. Moreover, it is considered a soft cap. In addition, it calculates a percentage of the league’s revenue from the previous season. It exists to create more transparent payrolls. In a result, it should eliminate any frauds.

Therefore, you can check how the difference between real salary and salary cap looks like. Let us know what you think in the comments!

You can find full data visualization on Tableau Public profile.

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Visualization Credits

  • Data source is MakeOverMonday.
  • Originally visualization was prepared for MakeOverMonday event.
  • Tools I used: Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep.

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