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NBA players will split $34 million in 2024 playoff bonuses  

NBA players earn the most in U.S. pro sports. Same goes for playoffs.  

NBA playoff players will split $33.7 million this season based on their teams' accomplishments. Based on a 15-player roster, the club awards will range from $452,708 ($30,000 each player) to $12.1 million ($804,000 per player) for the NBA winner.  

After each round, teams earn more, and the NBA includes regular season standings in its playoff pool, with a bonus for the best record among all 30 teams. The No. 1 seed Celtics finished 64-18 and will earn $804,000 if they win the title.  

The seventh and eighth seed teams do not get bonuses for their regular season results, but if they win the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, their players would earn $698,000. The 1995 Houston Rockets were the lowest-seeded six-seed to win the NBA Finals.  

The play-in tournament does not add to teams' regular season salaries, which are paid over 12 months.  

DraftKings lists the Celtics as +145 favorites. Boston wants to break the NBA title tie with the Lakers. Knotted at 17, the Lakers are a long shot as the West's seventh seed at +2000.  

Due to the 2023-24 collective bargaining, the NBA playoff pool is 25% higher than previous year. The CBA states: “A Player Playoff Pool for each Salary Cap Year in an amount equal to the greater of: (i) $31,014,350 multiplied by a fraction,  

the numerator of which is BRI for the Salary Cap Year immediately preceding the then-current Salary Cap Year and the denominator of which is BRI for the 2021-22 Salary Cap Year, and (ii) the amount of the Player Playoff Pool for the immediately preceding.


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