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Salary Cap
Salary Cap/Player Points

NBL Points System explained

Prior to the 2003-04 season, the NBL instituted a groundbreaking new Points System aimed at providing a level playing field for all teams by ensuring a more even distribution of talent and experience around the league. Prior to the 2009/10 season, a number of reforms were made to the system to ensure that it continued to operate effectively.

Teams must conform to both the NBL Points System and NBL Salary Cap (which has been set at AU$1,000,000 for season 2014/15) each season for all player transactions.

A basic explanation of the NBL Points System and the NBL Salary Cap for fans is detailed below.

Click here to see the current points rankings of all NBL players.


The NBL Player Points Ranking and Total Team Points Systems


The Player Points Ranking and Total Team Points Systems have been put in place as a strategy to ensure that all clubs have equitable access to the player talent in order to maximise the quality of the competition. It is important that the NBL remain a viable competition that is appealing to both sponsors and fans.


1. Total Team Points (TTP)


a) Each NBL player will be allocated a Player Points Ranking (PPR) between 1 and 10 prior to each season based on their performance in the NBL or based on the league they have participated in for the season just concluded (refer to paragraph 7 for explanation). This ranking will be updated each year. For the purposes of NBL player contracting, a player will retain his PPR as at the commencement of the contract and for the duration of that contract. Subsequent NBL playing contracts (subject to the conditions of paragraph 8) between the same player and the same club will use the allocated PPR at the commencement season of the new contract.

b) All initial PPR’s will be reviewed by The Points Appeal Panel prior to the rankings being released to the players. This panel will be made up of representatives of the following:

1. The NBL Players Association
2. NBL Management
3. An Independent Chairman with basketball background and no club affiliation.

Furthermore; the Points Appeal Panel will hear any subsequent appeals described below

c) Players who dispute the PPR assigned to them have the opportunity to have such ranking reviewed by the NBL Points Appeals Panel subject to the conditions of Paragraph 9. Appeals need to be lodged within 21 working days of the initial rankings being released officially by the NBL, and need to follow the format as prescribed in the NBL Rule 35. Appeals lodged late with the NBL will not be considered.

d) Each NBL club will be allocated a maximum number of player ranking points that their team can accrue. The total number of points for each team shall be known as the Total Team Points. (TTP) The NBL Commission has the capacity to vary the TTP for any given season.

e) For the 2014/15 NBL Season, the NBL Commission and NBLPA have determined the TTP will be 70 points per club.

f) The TTP calculation for each Club is to include all players on the club’s active roster, up to and including players 11 & 12 if contracted. Registered NBL Development players are exempt from the calculation of the TTP.

2. The Player Points Ranking (PPR)

The NBL Commission, in conjunction with the NBL clubs and NBLPA, have established the following principles to form the basis of the current Player Points Ranking process:

1. All players contracted in an NBL season will be included in the PPR for the NBL season immediately following.

2. Players having played in the NBL previously and not currently ranked, and not covered by any category in this document will be ranked by the Points Appeal Panel.

3. The NBL Commission has agreed that the current statistical based ranking system will be applied. The NBL may however, determine a different procedure for determining PPR in consultation with the coaches, club general managers and the NBLPA for future seasons.

4. For the purposes of player replacement on injury waiver, the club may replace them with any player provided the TTP is not exceeded.

3. Restricted Players

All first year restricted players (as defined in the NBL Rules) shall be assigned a PPR of 10 for the duration of their initial NBL Contract. For subsequent contracts these players’ PPR will be determined using the PPR principles applied to all other contracted NBL players as outlined in this document.

4. Rookies

All Rookies, have a PPR of 1 point for the purposes of their first NBL player’s contract.

The following rookies will be assigned a PPR of 3 points for the purposes of their first NBL players’ contract:

a) A player on scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport for two years (seasons)*.

b) An Australian commencing with any NBL Club after a minimum of two years (seasons)* in the US College system.

*If the player returns for a second season this will be deemed to constitute two seasons, even if the player does not complete the second season.


The NBL Salary Cap, like the NBL Points System, is a device used to ensure parity within the league while allowing teams from different sized markets to compete evenly for playing talent.

The Salary Cap for the 2014/15 NBL season has been set at A$1,000,000, meaning the combined value of player under contract at each club cannot exceed this amount. The A$1,000,000 includes all player payments, for example superannuation, car allowance, and accommodation. It also includes additional income from sources not linked to the club they are contracted to (eg. outside employment) provided all details have been lodged with, and approved by, the NBL.

Ahead of the 2014/15 season the NBL announced the introduction of a Marquee Player Rule which allows for a team to pay one player aboved the salary cap. This recruiting tool is an important move to allow greater talent in the NBL as well as to retain local players who could be tempted by lucrative opportunities in other leagues.