There are several paths to greatness in the NBA, but it all starts with shrewd salary cap management.
While the assembly of elite talent remains imperative, general managers and ownership groups are endlessly crunching numbers in order to figure out how to piece together championship-caliber rosters at a fair price.
And different franchises aren't afraid to assume drastically different approaches. Case in point: Mikhail Prokhorov previously employed a free-spending strategy that ignored the salary cap, while the San Antonio Spurs' R.C. Buford has convinced key veterans to take pay cuts in the name of long-term prosperity and flexibility.
It's with that framework in mind that we decided to explore the most overpaid and underpaid player on each of the NBA's 30 teams.
In order to determine which players qualified as overpaid and underpaid, we explored a player's statistical production relative to their salary. Additionally, that production and salary was compared and contrasted to similar players around the league in order to provide more clarity.
One vital housekeeping note before we get started: Rookie contracts were excluded from consideration because they're scaled and essentially non-negotiable. As a result, you'll see players like Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond omitted from the "underpaid" sections on their teams' respective slides.
All salary information courtesy of ShamSports.com unless noted otherwise.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless noted otherwise.