Last night at some point during a frustrating game in which Chris Paul turned the entire Wolves roster into mincemeat in the 4th quarter, we sent out the following Tweet:
Now, the humorous thing about the tweet is it is actually true. None of the usual hyperbole spouted from our Twitter account was present in this intense "financial analysis." Assuming CP3's gross basketball salary (not even counting endorsements) is around $18,000,000 (I can't recall the initial number I used last night, but it is higher below after digging), it proportionally worked out that Chris Paul receiving a flopping fine is akin to a fairly average middle-class salaried human being reprimanded a trip to Quizno's, or a few gallons of gas, for flopping. It is often discussed that fines in the NBA don't illicit a change in action, as a $5k fine is "nothing to these players" and that turns out to be truer than we thought. In fact, wouldn't a fine this small make you want to flop MORE, start a pool with other players, and see if you can continue to get away with it? It is a joke, really.
For fun, let's take this one step further. Earlier today I asked for some ideas on who the most notorious floppers are in the league and pooled together some of the responses and, utilizing the superb shamsports.com, here is what a flop for said player would "feel like" at your relatively paltry salary. Simply find your approximate salary (I figure few millionaires read this site), then match it up to your favorite knucklehead, and quickly realize that, with the exception of Robbie Hummel (added for fun as a minimum salary rookie), a flopping fine is no more impactful than a parking ticket. And while someone with more skills than I should make this into a program where you can enter your salary, pick a player, and get a result, we don't quite have those resources at the moment, so apologies. Enjoy:
That's a hefty fine for Robbie Hummel, and pretty much a joke for the other guys. They can probably find the cash to pay that off between their designer couch cushions. The flopping fine should be 0.2% of your salary, and go up by 0.1% after every subsequent violation.
Ahhhhhhhhhhahahaha, excellent stuff. Well played Mike. These "fines" are just absurdly stupid and don't prevent anything.
You're not accounting for taxation.
CP3s actual income is probably closer to 10-12M a year (let's exclude endorsements as they can be handled through other business names).
If the fine is tax deductible, it is probably close to your "estimate" but if it isn't it's more like a $21 hit (not like it changes the analogy much).
@CollegeWolf If you really want to make a dent into things, make the fine a PERCENT of the players salary. The worst floppers often make the higher salaries
@ParmB Really? It is a simple analogy for fun assuming gross salaries for all parties.
Guy that makes 40K probably pays taxes, daycare, sometimes alimony/child-support, extra interest in terms of mortgage/car payments, etc that really dwindles his net take home to close to zero.
Taking $20 from someone in that position can be pretty cruel. And dude making $40K working as a mechanic is probably too tired to make any money from a second job (and it's not like he's getting endorsement money).
As if that's not enough, he has to pay for strippers/hookers/etc while the NBA guys have to ward off groupies.
@ParmB @WallyWorld I understand that. Same goes for NBA players and bills, and without stereotyping too heavily, paying for children and their families, friends, extended families, multiple absurd properties, etc. Many end up bankrupt after retirement. I get what you are saying, It was intended to be a lighthearted exercise, mostly to point out that these fines make zero difference on how much players flop and don't flop.