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New Front-Page Standings Interface

Posted by Neil on November 2, 2012

Many of you may have noticed that we slightly tweaked our front-page standings table for the 2012-13 season. Now it looks like this:


Team W L
SAS (1) F C $ 2 0

What do F, C, and $ mean?

Clicking "F" next to the team abbreviation brings up the team's Franchise Page, which contains a year-by-year summary of the team's entire history.

Clicking "C" will call up the Clubhouse Page for each team. Team clubhouse pages contain a snapshot of where the team is and how they're playing right now, with a calendar-style schedule, team four factors & leaders, and a table of player stats over the team's last 10 games.

Finally, "$" takes you to the team's Contracts Page. These pages list the team's payroll for the current season and the next four seasons, plus descriptions regarding the terms of every player's contract.

We hope these new links will make it even easier for you to navigate our site and get the info you need this season.

5 Responses to “New Front-Page Standings Interface”

  1. Dr. Doom Says:

    Wow! I love it! I hope this is something we can expect to see for the other S-R sports. Personally, I don't use the contracts page much, but on the other sports, a quick link to the calendar and the franchise page would be IMMENSELY helpful to me. Great update. You guys are wonderful.

  2. J.D. Says:

    Awesome job, guys.

  3. Walter Says:

    I love the easy access and now I don't have to go to a different site to get the multiple season salary information.

    That being said, I think something may be wrong with the salary piece. For the Lakers it is showing free agent cap holds for players like Ron Harper, Karl Malone, John Salley, etc...

  4. Neil Says:

    #3 - Read this for an explanation:

    "players often don't formally retire until they're eligible for their NBA pension, and the reason for that (other than laziness) is that many of them still have cap holds with NBA teams, which means that they can still be incorporated into sign and trades as salary filler for trades. It would be an extremely impossible thing to imagine had it not already happened: at the 2007 trade deadline, Aaron McKie and Keith Van Horn were both signed and traded to complete deals while being unofficially retired, earning them 7 figures worth of free cheddar. And all they had to do was not file the retirement paperwork. It's implausible, but it happens. (Similarly, if a player's contract with an NBA team expires without him going through waivers, and he then signs with a non-NBA team, he will continue to have a cap hold until he's renounced.)

    These cap holds can stick around for years if the team remains over the salary cap in that time. And, as you'll see below, they do. There's some players from the late 90's on here, for God's sake. However, when teams have set themelves up for cap room, they renounce these basically useless free agent amounts to maximize how much room they have. For example, in the summer of 2007, Milwaukee, Orlando and Memphis all figured to have cap room, and so they renounced all their free agents who weren't under contract. These included players from previous years; Orlando renounced Darko Milicic, Grant Hill, Andrew DeClercq, Stacey Augmon, Jaren Jackson, Mark Jones, Shawn Kemp, Sean Rooks, Bo Outlaw and Olumide Oyedeji; Milwaukee renounced Reece Gaines, Jermaine Jackson, Ervin Johnson, Toni Kukoc, Jiri Welsch, Ruben Patterson, Brian Skinner, Jared Reiner and Earl Boykins; and Memphis renounced Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Junior Harrington, Lawrence Roberts, Mike Batiste, Antoine Carr, Kevin Edwards, Antonis Fotsis, Dahntay Jones, Will Solomon and Doug West. The randomness of those players should help illustrate the randomness of some of the players listed below, and why they're still here."

  5. Walter Says:

    Thanks Neil. That makes sense once it is explained. It just threw me for a complete shock to see those names on the list.