Do NBA teams get bang for their big bucks?

This viz uses data going back almost thirty years. It seems that there’s a small, positive relationship between bigger salaries and winning more games. But it’s tiny. Most are clumped around the cap and if you’re there then you’re probably fine.

Data sourced from Basketball Reference, Hoops Hype, Spotrac and even the Way Back Machine.

Best viewed on a large screen. An even larger version can be found on github.