Dead money is salary being paid to non roster players or players who were previously waived and stretched.
Having dead money does not say for sure how well a team manages it's cap. However it is an interesting data point.
NBA teams by dead money
Salary Information courtesy of basketball insiders
1. Charlotte Hornets: James Wiseman, C, Memphis
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
3. Okc Thunder : Cole Anthony, PG/SG, North Carolina
4. Washington Wizards RJ Hampton, PG, New Zealand Breakers (NBL)
5. New Orleans Pelicans: Deni Avdija, SG/SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
6. Washington Wizards: Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona
7. Dallas Mavericks: Theo Maledon, PG, Villeurbanne
8. Boston Celtics (from Memphis): Jaden McDaniels, SF/PF, Washington
9. Chicago Bulls Scottie Lewis, SG/SF, Florida
10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
11. Detroit Pistons. : Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
12.Golden State Warriors : Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis
13. Atlanta Hawks: Josh Green, SG, Arizona
14. New York Knicks: Tre Jones PG, Duke
ESPN recently released their season projections based on real plus minus or RPM. I personally think this metric is terrible and only someone with a mental deficit or substance abuse problem would use it. RPM gives Danny Green and several other role players star level impacts. It's hard to take that seriously. I consider EWA or Estimated Wins Added to be much more accurate.
EWA is the estimated wins contributed by a particular player based on the Hollinger formula.
EWA attempts to value a player’s overall contribution so the more minutes a player plays will increase his EWA. A “replacement” player of about 10-11 PER is used as a comparison.
As you can tell EWA is our favorite basketball stat or statistic.
With that said here are our 2019-20 NBA basketball standings and playoff seedings based on EWA.
Milwaukee Bucks 60-22
Philly 76ers 58-24
Indiana Pacers 55-27
Miami Heat 50-32
Brooklyn Nets 49-33
Orlando Magic 45-37
Boston Celtics 44-38
Atlanta Hawks 42-40
New York Knicks 40-42
Toronto Raptors 38-44
Detroit Pistons 36-46
Chicago Bulls 34-48
Washington Wizards 30-52
Cleveland Cavaliers 28-54
Charlotte Hornets 25-57
Houston Rockets 60-22
Utah Jazz 59-23
LA Clippers 57-25
Denver Nuggets 56-26
Portland Trailblazers 55-27
LA Lakers 52-30
Sacramento Kings 50-32
San Antonio Spurs 48-34
GS Warriors 45-37
Dallas Mavericks 42-40
Minn Timberwolves 40-42
OKC Thunder 38-44
Phoenix Suns 32-50
New Orleans Pelicans 28-54
Memphis Grizzlies 25-57
The Guangdong Southern Tigers are defending champions however several teams have landed NBA talent. Liaoning added Lance Stephenson to a team that was already in the championship hunt. Pierre Jackson returns for Bejing who also add Justin Hamilton.
Xinjiang Flying Tigers with the addition of Ian Clark should be dangerous yet again.
Bejing, Lianong and Guandong all return multiple chinese league all stars. Although Guandong is likely still the favorite as many as 4 or 5 teams have championship aspirations. Should be an exciting season to see who the next champion is.
`Lance Stephenson- Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association
James Nunnally- Shanghai Sharks
Ian Clark Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association
James Young -` Israeli team Maccabi Haifa
Angel Delgado- Beijing Royal Fighters of the Chinese Basketball Association
Tony Wroten- Anwil Wloclawek (Poland)
Deandre Liggins (Spain)
Jerian Grant Qingdao Eagles (Chinese League)
Wayne Selden- Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association
Justin Hamilton- Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association
Lorenzo Brown- Serbian club KK Crvena Zvezda of the ABA League
Ron Baker- CSKA Moscow
Timothy Mozgov- Russian Club Khimki
Quincy Acy- Maccabi Tel Aviv
Rj Hunter- Turk Telekom Ankara of the Turkish BSL
Shelvin Mack- Olimpia Milano
Mack, Liggins and Baker are some of the talent headed overseas who may still be able to contribute to an NBA team. Stephenson could potentially as well.