While NBA’s salary cap continues to rise – 2016 every team has roughly $24 million more to spend, the projected cap for 2017 is something in-between $102 and $108 million – free agents (FA) take their opportunity to sign staggering contracts. The agreement of Mozgov and the Lakers for example attracted a lot of attention. But is he that bad of a deal for the LAL? I decided to not only trust in my own judgement, but do some simple dataset exploration.
It’s amazing how sometimes you can perform the whole exploratory data analysis life cycle inside Emacs – from the data retrieval to the publishing (as is done in this post). Initially I considered mentioning homoiconicity, since all my text is data – to be exact, though, the internal representation of an org-table is still a list and not what I look at in the buffer. Nonetheless, the excitement is quite similar. The process of getting messy data into shape took me a few minutes.
And these are the outcomes: Whiteside and Drummond are absolutely worth the dough, Conley is more of a surprise. Actually, there are a lot of big men on top of that list, will the small-ball dominance be a blip?
|Team||Player||Pos||Age||Contract (in y)||Salary Total (in MM)||Salary 2015-16||Salary 2016-17||Increase (in MM)|
These are some teams I’m interested in that decided to offer their new signings a relative salary increase (with one exception). The table pretty much reflects the pecuniary space of these teams before the free agency:
|Team||N FAs||Average Increase|