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March 16, 2015

Makeover Monday: Most of the NBA's Highest-Paid Players Aren't Worth It

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From Business Insider:
Below is look at the expected salaries for the 12 highest-paid players in the NBA. A player's expected salary is how much of each team's payroll would go to the player based on their percentage of the team's total production.
This is the chart they created:

This chart only shows the expected vs. actual salaries, yet the whole point of the chart and the accompanying article is to show the difference between these two numbers. The side-by-side bar chart forces you to do the math in your head. Why not make it easier for the readers?

I entered the data into an Excel spreadsheet, which you can download here, and created this alternative in

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