I have compiled a spreadsheet containing to-the-dollar information on all luxury tax paid to date. In the 11 seasons since the luxury tax was created, it has been applicable in nine seasons; in those nine seasons, 23 NBA franchises have paid over $850 million in payroll excess.
Although the Pistons are not one of the seven franchises who have never paid any luxury tax, their total — $756,627 — is the lowest of the 23 teams that have paid tax during that period, just edging out the Houston Rockets ($757,145). That’s not altogether surprising — many of Joe Dumars’ moves over the years have been made to keep costs low and avoid paying the tax. What is impressive, though, is comparing what the Pistons paid during that stretch to what other title contending teams have paid. To see all the numbers, follow this link and then click the ‘click to view spreadsheet’ link to open it.