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NBA Salary Cap History

NBA Salary Cap HistoryNBA Salary Cap History

A look at the history of the NBA's salary cap, luxury tax, minimum & maximum salaries, & exceptons.

Year Cap Maximum Cap $ +/- Cap % +/- Highest Team Cap Lowest Team Cap Highest Player Cap
2020 $109,140,000 $0 0.00% Golden State Warriors
$168,980,588
New York Knicks
$99,742,670
Stephen Curry
$43,006,362
2019 $109,140,000 $7,271,000 7.14% Portland Trail Blazers
$137,667,430
New York Knicks
$110,055,762
Stephen Curry
$40,231,758
2018 $101,869,000 $2,776,000 2.80% Golden State Warriors
$145,299,879
Atlanta Hawks
$103,572,575
Stephen Curry
$37,457,154
2017 $99,093,000 $4,950,000 5.26% Cleveland Cavaliers
$135,980,450
Chicago Bulls
$90,105,625
Stephen Curry
$34,682,550
2016 $94,143,000 $24,143,000 34.49% Oklahoma City Thunder
$186,886,092
Minnesota Timberwolves
$82,259,589
LeBron James
$30,963,450
2015 $70,000,000 $6,935,000 11.00% Cleveland Cavaliers
$107,028,394
Milwaukee Bucks
$70,579,512
Kobe Bryant
$25,000,000
2014 $63,065,000 $4,386,000 7.47% Orlando Magic
$91,645,607
Atlanta Hawks
$58,328,957
Kobe Bryant
$23,500,000
2013 $58,679,000 $635,000 1.09% Brooklyn Nets
$102,928,076
Orlando Magic
$53,516,731
Kobe Bryant
$30,453,805
2012 $58,044,000 $0 0.00% Los Angeles Lakers
$99,847,565
Phoenix Suns
$54,711,864
Kobe Bryant
$27,849,149
2011 $58,044,000 $4,000 0.01% Denver Nuggets
$101,939,965
Sacramento Kings
$45,822,598
Kobe Bryant
$25,244,493
2010 $58,040,000 $340,000 0.59%
2009 $57,700,000 $-980,000 -1.67%
2008 $58,680,000 $3,050,000 5.48%
2007 $55,630,000 $2,495,000 4.70%
2006 $53,135,000 $3,635,000 7.34%
2005 $49,500,000 $5,630,000 12.83%
2004 $43,870,000 $30,000 0.07%
2003 $43,840,000 $3,569,000 8.86%
2002 $40,271,000 $-2,229,000 -5.24%
2001 $42,500,000 $7,000,000 19.72%
2000 $35,500,000 $1,500,000 4.41%
1999 $34,000,000 $4,000,000 13.33%
1998 $30,000,000 $3,100,000 11.52%
1997 $26,900,000 $2,207,000 8.94%
1996 $24,693,000 $1,693,000 7.36%
1995 $23,000,000 $7,036,000 44.07%
1994 $15,964,000 $789,000 5.20%
1993 $15,175,000 $1,175,000 8.39%
1992 $14,000,000 $1,500,000 12.00%
1991 $12,500,000 $629,000 5.30%
1990 $11,871,000 $2,069,000 21.11%
1989 $9,802,000 $2,479,000 33.85%
1988 $7,323,000 $1,159,000 18.80%
1987 $6,164,000 $1,219,000 24.65%
1986 $4,945,000 $712,000 16.82%
1985 $4,233,000 $633,000 17.58%
1984 $3,600,000