The NBA decided to add a new wrinkle to their usual slate of games, creating the in-season tournament for all the fans out there who wanted to see the league’s regular season action spiced up a notch under the influence of European domestic soccer competitions.
The competition has some obstacles that it needs to overcome before the players will give it the same level of importance Adam Silver has placed on it. The league’s first attempt to get the players hyped up about this seems to be a potential cash prize for the winners.
Teams will be split into six groups of five, playing games against one another in the preliminary rounds that will count as a part of the regular season schedule. If a team does not advance to the next round of the competition, they will play enough times against the remaining teams to ensure everyone gets 82 regular season games in.
Why would assigning a few extra games mean anything extra to these NBA players who make six figures in single-game checks? Well, Silver is banking on the idea that even more money will be enough to convince the players to give it their all in these games.
How much money do the winners of the NBA in-season tournament get?
Every player on the winning team will receive a lump sum of $500,000. While this might not move some of the stars, it could entice younger players on the back end of the roster to fight for a victory in these games. Will that give the regular season some extra fervor?
Those on the championship runner-up squad will receive $200,000 in additional bonus money, with those who make it to the semifinals earning $100,000 in extra money and those who made it to the quarterfinals getting $50,000. With how quickly NBA players can spend money, that might not last long.
What NBA In-Season Tournament group are the Toronto Raptors in?
The Raptors have officially been put in the eloquently named “Group C” this season, which will see them take on a pair of division rivals in the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics as well as the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic.