2014/15 Salary Rankings: Point Guards

Hoops Rumors is in the process of ranking the cap hit for each NBA player by position. The first spot on the hardwood that I’ll be looking at is the point guard position, one of the most vital to any team’s success.

All told, NBA teams have committed a total of $393,634,516 in cap hits this season to the men who facilitate the offenses around the league. The average hit for the one spot this season is a respectable $4,686,125, with Chris Paul of the Clippers topping the list with a whopping $20,068,563 to account for on his year-end W-2 form.

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 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 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 who were already waived, except in the case of Will Bynum, who is the only point guard waived thus far who had a fully guaranteed deal.

The league’s point guards are listed below, in descending order of salary:

  1. Chris Paul (Clippers) $20,068,563
  2. Deron Williams (Nets) $19,754,465
  3. Derrick Rose (Bulls) $18,862,876
  4. Russell Westbrook (Thunder) $15,719,062
  5. John Wall (Wizards) $14,746,000
  6. Eric Bledsoe (Suns) $13,000,000
  7. Rajon Rondo (Mavs) $12,909,090
  8. Tony Parker (Spurs) $12,500,000
  9. Kyle Lowry (Raptors) $12MM
  10. Ty Lawson (Nuggets) $11,595,506
  11. Stephen Curry (Warriors) $10,629,213
  12. Jrue Holiday (Pelicans) $9,904,495
  13. Steve Nash (Lakers) $9,701,000
  14. Mike Conley (Grizzlies) $8,694,216
  15. Jeremy Lin (Lakers) $8,374,646
  16. George Hill (Pacers) $8MM
  17. Brandon Jennings (Pistons) $8MM
  18. Jeff Teague (Hawks) $8MM
  19. Goran Dragic (Suns) $7,500,000
  20. Isaiah Thomas (Suns) $7,238,606
  21. Jose Calderon (Knicks) $7,097,191
  22. Kyrie Irving (Cavs) $7,070,030
  23. Greivis Vasquez (Raptors) $6.4MM
  24. Jarrett Jack (Nets) $6.3MM
  25. Shaun Livingston (Warriors) $5,305,000
  26. Darren Collison (Kings) $4,797,664
  27. Ricky Rubio (Wolves) $4,660,479
  28. Andre Miller (Wizards) $4,625,000
  29. Mario Chalmers (Heat) $4MM
  30. Patrick Mills (Spurs) $3,842,105
  31. Devin Harris (Mavs) $3,787,896
  32. Raymond Felton (Mavs) $3,793,693
  33. Mo Williams (Wolves) $3,750,000
  34. Dante Exum (Jazz) $3,615,000
  35. Brandon Knight (Bucks) $3,553,917
  36. Damian Lillard (Blazers) $3,340,920
  37. Marcus Smart (Celtics) $3,283,320
  38. Alexey Shved (Sixers) $3,282,057
  39. Kemba Walker (Hornets) $3,272,091
  40. D.J. Augustin (Pistons) $3MM
  41. Jerryd Bayless (Bucks) $3MM
  42. Luke Ridnour (Magic) $2,750,000
  43. Kirk Hinrich (Bulls) $2,732,000
  44. Brian Roberts (Hornets) $2,732,000
  45. Trey Burke (Jazz) $2,548,560
  46. Shelvin Mack (Hawks) $2,433,333
  47. Elfrid Payton (Magic) $2,397,840
  48. Michael Carter-Williams (Sixers) $2,300,040
  49. Reggie Jackson (Thunder) $2,204,369
  50. Nate Robinson (Nuggets) $2,106,720
  51. Steve Blake (Blazers) $2,077,000
  52. Jordan Farmar (waived by Clippers) $2,077,000
  53. Ramon Sessions (Kings) $2,077,000
  54. Beno Udrih (Grizzlies) $2,077,000
  55. C.J. Watson (Pacers) $2,077,000
  56. Zach LaVine (Wolves) $2,055,840
  57. Norris Cole (Heat) $2,038,206
  58. Cory Joseph (Spurs) $2,023,261
  59. Will Bynum (Waived By Celtics) $2,015,908
  60. Dennis Schröder (Hawks) $1,690,680
  61. Pablo Prigioni (Knicks) $1,662,961
  62. Shane Larkin (Knicks) $1,606,180
  63. Tyler Ennis (Suns) $1,590,720
  64. Shabazz Napier (Heat) $1,238.640
  65. Donald Sloan (Pacers) $948,163
  66. Patrick Beverley (Rockets) $915,243
  67. Aaron Brooks (Bulls) $915,243
  68. Jimmer Fredette (Pelicans) $915,243
  69. Kendall Marshall (Bucks) $915,243
  70. Jannero Pargo (Hornets) $915,243
  71. Ronnie Price (Lakers) $915,243
  72. J.J. Barea (Mavs) $909,859
  73. Ish Smith (Thunder) $861,405
  74. Nick Calathes (Grizzlies) $816,482
  75. Isaiah Canaan (Rockets) $816,482
  76. Matthew Dellavedova (Cavs) $816,482
  77. Jorge Gutierrez (Nets) $816,482
  78. Ray McCallum (Kings) $816,482
  79. Nate Wolters (Bucks) $816,482
  80. Phil Pressey (Celtics) $816,432
  81. Spencer Dinwiddie (Pistons) $700K
  82. Jordan Clarkson (Lakers) $507,336
  83. Erick Green (Nuggets) $507,336
  84. Russ Smith (Pelicans) $507,336

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

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