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Cap Grading Criteria:
following factors were used when determining a grade for each team’s
State of the Cap:
many bad contracts does the team have? An overpaid player
with a long-term contract is a strike against the team. Conversely,
an underpaid player will factor favorably towards the team.
far over/under the salary cap is the team? Are they over
by a little? A lot? Do they have an abundance of cap room?
successful is the team? Is the team winning or losing despite
being over the cap?
quickly and easily can the team change their fortunes?
Is the team in debt for decades or is there a salary dump after
next season that gets them in the clear? Do they have any prospects
that could blossom and improve the team?
The grades are
a reflection on the general state of the team in regards to their
salary cap and performance. A team like the Charlotte Bobcats is
going to rate highly because of their low player salaries and collection
of young talent, despite their poor record. A team like Indiana,
even though they had a better record than the Bobcats, will rate
much lower because of their poor cap situation and poor team performance
considering the players on their roster.