2014/15 Salary Rankings: Small Forwards

Hoops Rumors is in the process of ranking the cap hit for each NBA player by position. I’ve already posted the point guard and shooting guard salary rankings for the 2014/15 campaign. The next spot on the hardwood that I’ll be looking at is the small forward position for the 2014/15 season.

All told, NBA teams have committed a total of $392,677,538 in cap hits this season to the versatile men tasked with manning the small forward position around the league. The average cap hit for the three spot this season is a respectable $4,674,733, with Joe Johnson of the Nets topping the list with an impressive $23,180,790.

It should be noted that teams won’t necessarily pay out every dollar listed here. There are quite a few players who have non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts. Some of those players will be sweating it out all the way until January 7th. That’s when teams must waive players with no specific guarantee date written into their contracts to avoid having to guarantee their salaries for the rest of the season. Most salaries align with cap hits, but that’s not the case for a player like Jeremy Lin, who’s getting close to $15MM from the Lakers this season even though his cap hit is little more than half that amount, because of the contract he signed through the Gilbert Arenas Provision. In addition, incentive clauses that a player either triggers or fails to meet can leave a player with more or less money than his cap hit reflects.

Still, the purpose of this list is to show the relative pay scale by position, which is why all contracts are included in this post. The only deals which were omitted were for players with non-guaranteed contracts who were already waived.

The league’s small forwards are listed below, in descending order of salary:

      1. Joe Johnson (Nets) $23,180,790
      2. Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) $22,458,401
      3. LeBron James (Cavs) $20,644,400
      4. Rudy Gay (Kings) $19,317,326
      5. Kevin Durant (Thunder) $18,995,624
      6. Paul George (Pacers) $15,925,680
      7. Gordon Hayward (Jazz) $14,746,000
      8. Chandler Parsons (Mavs) $14.7MM
      9. Josh Smith (Waived by Pistons) $13.5MM
      10. Nicolas Batum (Blazers) $11,765,500
      11. Tyreke Evans (Pelicans) $11,265,416
      12. Danilo Gallinari (Nuggets) $10,854,850
      13. Gerald Wallace (Celtics) $10,105,855
      14. Luol Deng (Heat) $9,714,461
      15. Jeff Green (Grizzlies) $9.2MM
      16. Trevor Ariza (Rockets) $8,579,089
      17. Tayshaun Prince (Celtics) $7,707,865
      18. Wilson Chandler (Nuggets) $6,757,913
      19. P.J. Tucker (Suns) $5.7MM
      20. Andrew Wiggins (Wolves) $5,510,640
      21. Martell Webster (Wizards) $5,381,750
      22. Paul Pierce (Wizards) $5,305,000
      23. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Hornets) $5,016,960
      24. Chase Budinger (Wolves) $5MM
      25. Nick Young (Lakers) $4,994,420
      26. Jabari Parker (Bucks) $4,930,560
      27. Kostas Papanikolaou (Rockets) $4,591,066
      28. Caron Butler (Pistons) $4.5MM
      29. Otto Porter (Wizards) $4,470,480
      30. Thabo Sefolosha (Hawks) $4,150,000
      31. Steve Novak (Jazz) $3,445,947
      32. Matt Barnes (Clippers) $3,396,250
      33. Mike Dunleavy (Bulls) $3,326,235
      34. Andrei Kirilenko (Sixers) $3,326,235
      35. Chris Copeland (Pacers) $3,135,000
      36. Dorell Wright (Blazers) $3,135,000
      37. Harrison Barnes (Warriors) $3,049,920
      38. Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) $2,894,059
      39. Terrence Ross (Raptors) $2,793,960
      40. Mike Miller (Cavs) $2,732,000
      41. DeMarre Carroll (Hawks) $2,442,445
      42. Tobias Harris (Magic) $2,380,594
      43. Doug McDermott (Bulls) $2,277,960
      44. Danny Granger (Heat) $2,077,000
      45. John Salmons (Pelicans) $2MM
      46. Shabazz Muhammad (Wolves) $1,971,960
      47. T.J Warren (Suns) $1,953,120
      48. Maurice Harkless (Magic) $1,887,840
      49. Jeremy Evans (Jazz) $1,794,871
      50. Luigi Datome (Pistons) $1,750,000
      51. Tony Snell (Bulls) $1,472,400
      52. Bruno Caboclo (Raptors) $1,458,360
      53. Solomon Hill (Pacers) $1,302,840
      54. Rodney Hood (Jazz) $1,290,360
      55. Shawne Williams (Heat) $1,227,985
      56. Damjan Rudez (Pacers) $1.1MM
      57. Kyle Anderson (Spurs) $1,093,680
      58. Kyle Singler (Pistons) $1,090,000
      59. Xavier Henry (Lakers) $1,082,000
      60. Austin Daye (Spurs) $1,063,384
      61. Robert Covington (Sixers) $1MM
      62. Al-Farouq Aminu (Mavs) $981,084
      63. Luke Babbitt (Pelicans) $981,084
      64. Rasual Butler (Wizards) $915,243
      65. Omri Casspi (Kings) $915,243
      66. Jae Crowder (Mavs) $915,243
      67. Alonzo Gee (Nuggets) $915,243
      68. Draymond Green (Warriors) $915,243
      69. Richard Jefferson (Mavs) $915,243
      70. Wesley Johnson (Lakers) $915,243
      71. James Jones (Cavs) $915,243
      72. Shawn Marion (Cavs) $915,243
      73. Jeff Taylor (Hornets) $915,243
      74. Lance Thomas (Waived by Knicks) $915,243
      75. Hedo Turkoglu (Clippers) $915,243
      76. Jerami Grant (Sixers) $884,879
      77. Damien Inglis (Bucks) $820K
      78. Glen Rice Jr. (Waived by Wizards) $816,482
      79. Jeff Adrien (Waived by Wolves) $742,962
      80. Cleanthony Early (Knicks) $507,336
      81. James Ennis (Heat) $507,336
      82. Joe Ingles (Jazz) $507,336
      83. K.J. McDaniels (Sixers) $507,336
      84. Travis Wear (Knicks) $507,336

Note: A number of players on this list also spend time at shooting guard. I used the positions listed on the official team rosters in compiling these rankings.

The Basketball Insiders salary pages were used in the creation of this post.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

Get the hottest NBA news and rumors before anyone else! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated: