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Characteristics of Players in the 2005-2006 U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA)

By:
Amadu Jacky Kaba, Ph.D. Seton Hall University




Players in the NBA are among the highest paid professionals in the United States. I compiled and computed salary figures from USA Today for 423 (98.4%) of the total 430 players. Of the 423 players, their total salary for the 2005-2006 season was $1.651 billion. Of the $1.651 billion, $1.301 billion (78.8%) was earned by 322 Black players and $350.15 million (21.2%) was earned by 101 non-Black players. For 99 White players, their total earnings was $344 million (20.8%), and the two North East Asian players earned a combined $6.233 million.

The average salary of all of the 423 players was $3,903,616. For 322 Black players it was $4,040,633 and $3,466,792 for the 101 non-Black players. 
Of the 423 players, 123 (29.1%) earned $5 million or more. There were 101 Black players (23.9% of 423 players, but 31.4% of 322 Black players) who earned $5 million or more. There were 22 non-Black players (5.2% of 423 players, but 21.8% of 101 non-Black players) who earned $5 million or more. There were 21 White players (5% of 423 players, but 21.2% of 99 White players) who earned $5 million or more.
There were 40 players (9.5% of all 423 players) who earned $10 million or more. There were 35 Black players (8.3% of 423 players, but 10.9% of 322 Black players) who earned $10 million or more. There were 5 non-Black players (1.2% of 423 players, but 5% of all non-Black players) who earned $10 million or more. There were 4 White players (0.0094% of 423 players, but 4% of 99 White players) who earned $10 million or more.
Almost 3 out of every 4 players earned $1 million or more. Of the 423 players, 315 (74.5%) earned $1 million or more. A total of 236 Black players (55.8% of 423 players, but 73.3% of 322 Black players) earned $1 million or more. A total of 79 non-Black players (18.7% of 423 players, but 78.2% of 101 non-Black players) earned $1 million or more.
Finally, it is useful to note that NBA players are important tax payers. For example, I utilized Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax information in 2006 to determine the tax bracket for NBA players. All of the NBA players were in the 35% federal tax bracket. This means that for the $1.651 billion, their total federal tax could have been $577 million. For the $1.301 billion earned by the 322 Black players, they could have paid $455 million in federal taxes. For the $350.15 million earned by the 101 non-Black players, they could have paid $122.5 million in taxes.
 

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