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What is "Starter Money"

TL;DR Starter money is, by the simplest of maths, anything greater than $4 million a season.

I have been meaning to write a post on salary for ages because the misinformation is so rife, but you know, life.

Everyone seems to think that starter money is somewhere around $7 million - maybe higher. This is based on several false assumptions, but mostly that the MLE is less than starter money because the MLE is the "average" salary, and a starter must make more than "average".

In an effort to address to add real information, I put the details (scraped from ESPN) into a Google doc here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlSEoxg2JxHJdE5Ma2F5VjhpXzFOcmVrNVNvLUthOUE#gid=0

The key numbers are:

  1. Mean $4,119,478.77 (average salary)
  2. Median $2,462,400.00 (the middle salary)
  3. Realistic Median $2,886,915.00 (the middle salary of all players paid at least the rookie minimum)
  4. Standard deviation $4,534,080.67 (that is pretty high)
  5. There are 30 teams, with 5 starters, which means there are 150 starters, Anything higher than the 150th salary is therefore starter money. The 150th highest Salary? Wesley Johnson, Minnesota timberwolves at $4,006,080
Feel free to create your own models of pay based on these facts, and point out anything you hunk is wrong.
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