It’s been said that NBA players make their money in the regular season and owners make theirs in the playoffs.
In this era, with so much revenue coming from television rights and other streams, it’s not quite that way.
But it’s still a bonus for owners when they get extra home games when fans are at their rowdiest, proudest, loudest, hungriest and thirstiest.
And the playoffs are good financially for the players, too.
The NBA released its playoff pool earlier this week and it’s already given the Mavericks a little bonus for their success in the regular season.
The total NBA playoff pool is $17,317,334. Players on teams that finish higher in their conference and go deeper in the playoffs are rewarded for their efforts.
For instance, the team with the best record in each conference gets $437,078 to split among its players.
So how does this impact the Mavericks?
By finishing with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, that put $213,867 into their playoff bank. They also have earned $258,449 for participating in the first round of the playoffs.
So, as it stands now, they have $472,316 to divvy up among players.
Since the Mavericks have 17 players (including two-way contracts), that comes to $27,783 per player.
That’s not much, compared to their regular-season salary. But it could rise if they can move along in the playoffs.
Should they make it to the conference semifinals, they would put another $307,520 into their account.
Making the conference finals would mean another $508,174.
The losing team in the NBA finals pockets slightly over $2-million and the winning team gets just over $3-million.
Again, it’s not a huge addition to their salary, but it’s enough to pay for a few vacations for the family once the playoff run is done.
Players usually vote at the end of a season to decide who gets a playoff share. Sometimes, ballboys or other support staffers are fortunate enough to get partial shares.
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