Welcome to ShamSports.com
If you have been to this website at some point between 2005 and 2017, you will have noticed it has taken various forms over the years. Since about 2014, however, the intent has been to re-position the site as an international basketball scouting database. A phenomenal amount of work has gone into it becoming that, and yet it is still only about 60% finished. Maybe it will be ready in another couple of years. (Feel free to look around what is already there, but it’s very incomplete thus far, as will be seen. If something is out of date, unfinished, insufficiently covered, entirely uncovered, cosmestically irksome or redundant, pretend it isn’t. It's all in development still. It probably always will be. #longgame)
Regardless of the specifics of the form, however, the site has always intended to be one man’s CV, and it still is. Most significantly, it was always best known back in the day for being a repository for NBA salary information.
That was a different era, of course. Other sites can and do do that instead now, and good luck to them – they have businesses to run. The aim of collating the salary information in the first place was never to get traffic. This is not a business. The aim was instead to have a good foundation of information with which to be able to analyse, theorise, understand and speculate about the business side of the NBA; of trades, transactions, signings, waivers, all of what happens, why it happens, and what we can try to plan and anticipate. I collated the data only because I wanted to it to be usable.
Usability of the data is still the key. And with this in mind, I would hereby like to announce the rebirth of NBA salary information at ShamSports, via a shiny new cap-related toy.
After three and a half years of what I think they call development hell, it is my very great pleasure to today announce the launch of what we are calling: The Capulator.
The Capulator is exactly what the portmanteau in the title suggests. It is an NBA salary cap calculator. Rather than writing out cap scenarios, users can essentially draw them, save them, and share them.
Ever written an offseason planning piece in which you devise various moves for your team, and create all kinds of charts and descriptions and whatever else to show your working to people? You needn’t now bother. Come here and draw it.
Open The Capulator. Do whatever you want in it. Hit the save button. Save the unique ID. And that's it. Congratulations! You just created a hypothetical, and a shareable one at that.
Want to know what the Charlotte Hornets' cap situation would look like if they signed Julius Randle to the full (taxpayer) MLE next summer, signed their picks and did nothing else? It takes only a few clicks.
Want to know what it would be like if the Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed LeBron James to a two year minimum salary contract, signed Tyreke Evans to a partially guaranteed four year one, traded Ante Zizic and Cedi Osman for Donovan Mitchell and bought out J.R Smith for the same cost of a small family friendly people carrier? It takes only a few extremely ambitious clicks.
Be as fantastical or as realistic as you choose. The Capulator is not deterministic, and need not be realistic if you don’t want it to be. What it will be, it is hoped, is militarily precise about what is legal and possible. It does not tell you what to do. But we are hoping it does tell you what you can do.
We have beta tested it, and gamma tested it. And yet, through the sheer complexities of size and scale, there will no doubt be things we have not thought of. We therefore kindly ask you to let us know at the usual address. Specifically, advise us of any of the following:
a) whether the thing works properly in accordance with the rules of the cap (the key one - there's so many rules and intricacies, and we try to honour them all; the only deliberate omission is the Over-38 Rule, which was not realistically programmable),
b) whether it functions properly as a tool, and
c) whether there's anything we've missed.
Note also a couple of things that the Capulator isn’t. It is not a trade checker – while the ability to add and remove contracts via (imaginary) trades is key to forecasting cap situations, you must verify the accuracy of such hypothetical deals for yourself. (Use RealGM’s Trade Checker or ESPN.com’s Trade Machine for such a purpose.) It is also not especially smartphone friendly. Maybe soon, but not yet.
What it is designed to be, however, is extremely user-friendly. To see the options with a player's salary, simply click on it. That brings up a list of things you can do with that salary - for example, "waive", "waive with stretch", "buyout" and the like.
To add new contracts via cap room or salary cap exceptions, scroll down to where they are, and click them too. The calculations and projections are then all done for you.
To complete imaginary trades, or to sign players to the inexhaustible minimum salary exception, use the Transactions button at the top in the same way. The availability of exceptions and cap space is calculated and re-calculated based on the moves you make - you decide what you want to do, and the Capulator informs you as to what else is possible.
Whatever you do, however ambitious you are, however biased of a fan you are - we hope you enjoy using it.
The “we” in this blurb is myself – Mark Deeks, particularly esoteric NBA analyst – and Jonathan Ruckman, particularly good coder. It is Jonathan who made it; I (Mark, the guy whose site this is) just consulted on the process, developed it, helped sculpt his initial idea, host it and wrote this bit.
We hope this is a very useful tool for both your understanding and your enjoyment of the NBA's team-building landscape. On a more selfish level, we hope that it helps in this respect more than anything ever has or could ever wish to.
And if it isn't, do please help us make it so. This is for the NBA cap-loving community. As a community, help us back.
- Mark, on behalf of Jonathan, and himself
The Basketball Manifesto
November 17th, 2020
The Basketball Manifesto is a 3,775 page, 1.2 million word-ish basketball reference book. It contains reviews, strategies, ideas, opinions, and a whole lot of thoughts on stuff. This document contains reviews, strategy, assessments, ideas and plans for every NBA team and every NBA player. It seeks to: 1) Look at the assets a team has to work with 2) Look at what it already has. 3) Look at what it needs to address. 4) Lay out conceptual strategy for it all. 5) Discuss without preaching, except in some slightly preacher moments. It does this 30 times for 30 teams. Then it does the entire G-League, twice. Then it does the draft pool, twice. And then it does the EuroLeague…..twice. You get the idea, and if you don’t, you will do once you open it. It’s very, very densely full of content.All in all, it gets quite big. This is a PDF file, and a live document. The links are navigable; the thing self-references. It is, I hope, a website you can download. And it is the pride of my life. Download it at the link below, do please share it to all other basketball fans, email me your thoughts, and let’s have a conversation. Thank you! – Mark Deeks DOWNLOAD THE BASKETBALL MANIFESTO HERE BACKUP LINK BECAUSE APPARENTLY GOOGLE’S GOT A MARDY ON TODAY
2017 NBA Manifesto
June 29th, 2017
Hello! I am Mark, the owner and sole proprietor of this website, ShamSports.com. A few months ago, someone said to me, “why don’t you produce NBA content any more?” The comment, meant with genuine intrigue, still proved irksome. “I do”, I answered. “I watch more than ever. I talk about it. I still write a bit. I’m working on projects.” All these things were true. Still, they had a point. Look at the dust on this website, after all, and this is supposed to be the pinnacle of my CV. The comment was irksome because it was correct – I wasn’t actually producing enough stuff publicly. “What happened to that English guy who we briefly heard of?”, said no one ever. But they could have done, and that resonated. So I thought I’d make some NBA content. Over the last few months, I have created what I am calling my 2017 NBA Manifesto. I hereby launch it below. The idea of the manifesto is thus. It outlines the assets available to every NBA team. It looks at what their financial situation is, what instruments and exceptions they have for spending, and their total salary outlook. It does the same with their draft position. It looks at the players they already have on their roster, plus the issues that need addressing as a team. And then it thinks aloud about what to do with it all. It does this 30 times for 30 teams. All in all, it gets quite big. Every word in here is mine. Every opinion is mine. No one paid me to write it, and no one will pay to read it. This is me and what I think, based on facts as correct as an outsider can ascertain. This is my work and my thoughts, on […]