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Blazers Earn Over $600K From Playoff Pool

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The Blazers received a little extra spending money for their playoff run. How that money is divided is up to the team. For fun, here is a look at what the individual impact looks like with even distribution.

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Every NBA team to reach the postseason reaps a monetary reward for their accomplishments based on conference record and which rounds they played in. The playoff pool for all 16 teams is $15,000,000 in total. Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders wrote a coherent breakdown of how the rewards are structured, here. According to Pincus, the portion of the pool that a team earns is distributed among the players and the equipment manager as the team sees fit.

For their 2016 playoff campaign, the Portland Trail Blazers earned a total of $638,971; $148,738 for having the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, $223,864 for competing in the first round, and $266,369 for competing in the second round. That chunk of change may be divided 16 ways (15 players on-roster, plus the equipment manager).

Although that money is theirs to do with as they will, we can see how much of an impact it could have for each player if they split the take evenly. This could very well happen, as you’ll see that the amount would be a mere pittance to the highest paid Blazers. In this circumstance, every player would be apportioned $39,935.69. Here is what that looks like as a percentage of individual salary.

Al-Farouq Aminu
2015-16 salary: $8,042,895
Percent of salary: 0.50%

Ed Davis
2015-16 salary: $6,980,802
Percent of salary: 0.57%

Gerald Henderson
2015-16 salary: $6,000,000
Percent of salary: 0.67%

Chris Kaman
2015-16 salary: $5,000,000
Percent of salary: 0.80%

Damian Lillard
2015-16 salary: $4,236,286
Percent of salary: 0.94%

Meyers Leonard
2015-16 salary: $3,075,879
Percent of salary: 1.30%

Maurice Harkless
2015-16 salary: $2,894,058
Percent of salary: 1.38%

Brian Roberts
2015-16 salary: $2,854,940
Percent of salary: 1.40%

Noah Vonleh
2015-16 salary: $2,637,720
Percent of salary: 1.51%

C.J. McCollum
2015-16 salary: $2,525,160
Percent of salary: 1.58%

Mason Plumlee
2015-16 salary: $1,415,520
Percent of salary: 2.82%

Allen Crabbe
2015-16 salary: $947,276
Percent of salary: 4.22%

Pat Connaughton
2015-16 salary: $625,093
Percent of salary: 6.39%

Cliff Alexander
2015-16 salary: $525,093
Percent of salary: 7.61%

Luis Montero
2015-16 salary: $525,093
Percent of salary: 7.61%

Relative to overall earnings, this bonus is particularly minimal, but it is theirs. Some of the younger players on the team will especially appreciate the monetary token of congratulation, assuming their share is equivalent to their peers. Who knows? Perhaps the team will stagger distribution to match contribution, in which case the bottom of the barrel will miss out. We’re just having fun examining the possibilities. Given the news of Lillard’s recent pay bump, it might be nice for some of the players in smaller roles to taste the cheese.

It turns out those lessons on Karl Marx and Adam Smith are real-world relevant, so stay in school, kids. If you were in the players' shoes, how would you distribute the money?