NBA Salary Cap: Players Signing Huge Contracts

Salary Cap Overview

The NBA has increased its salary cap from $70 million in 2015 to $94.1 million for the 2016-2017 season.  This increase is largely related to a new national television deal worth $2.5 billion.  For example, Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies recently signed the biggest contract in NBA history, a maximum deal of 5 years, $153 million.  DeMar Derozan of the Toronto Raptors signed a max deal of 5 years, $139 million.  Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons locked in a max deal of 5 years, $130 million.  The NBA salary cap poses an interesting question about strengths versus weaknesses.

Strengths vs. Weaknesses

Should we spend our time and energy improving our strengths and significantly less effort trying to improve our weaknesses?  Obviously, if we improve our strengths in addition to our weaknesses we will become more productive overall.  But, many of these NBA players receiving maximum contract deals face major scrutiny for their weaknesses.  Weaknesses such as, not being productive at the free throw line, the inability to consistently stay healthy, and not being a consistent three point shooter.  Society scrutinizes these players for their weaknesses while NBA organizations continually invest millions of dollars on their strengths.

What Is Your Opinion? 

As an example, imagine a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being poor, and 10 being phenomenal.  A player’s rebounding ability is at a 7, and his free throw shooting is at a 2.  Should this player spend most of his energy trying to get his strength to a 10 or should he spend most of his energy trying to get his his weakness to a 10?  In any facet of life, is the energy spent focusing on improving ones strength(s) more beneficial than spending energy improving ones weakness(s)?

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