Salaries For 2013 First-Round Picks

June 28 2013 at 3:16pm CST By Luke Adams

By now, you've likely had a chance to pore through last night's NBA draft results, taking stock of which teams did well and which teams made more questionable choices. As we move from the draft into free agency, it's also worth considering how last night's first-round picks will affect NBA teams' payrolls going forward. Clubs with multiple first-rounders, or high lottery picks, will see their draftees take a chunk out of any cap space they have heading into free agency.

The NBA's rookie scale dictates that specific cap holds are assigned to each pick heading into July. For instance, the first overall pick, Anthony Bennett, will represent a cap hold of $4,436,900 on the Cavaliers' books. Rookies are permitted to sign for up to 120% of that amount, however, and almost all of them do. So Bennett's eventual first-year salary is more likely to be $5,324,280 (120% of his rookie scale amount).

In the chart below (click for full size), we've listed each of the 30 draft picks, along with their cap holds and their likely first-year salaries. Now, not all of these players will receive the amount in the "likely salary" column here — some international prospects may be stashed overseas and not join their respective NBA teams for another season or two. Others, like Marquis Teague a year ago, could end up signing for less than 120% of their respective rookie-scale amounts. But the cap holds, at least, represent the amounts on teams' books heading into free agency.

Rookiesalaries

RealGM.com's rookie scale chart was used in the creation of this post.

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