2015/16 Salary Rankings: Shooting Guards

Hoops Rumors is in the process of ranking the cap hit for each NBA player by position. I previously ran down the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center salaries for the 2014/15 season. I’ve also begun looking ahead to the 2015/16 campaign with a rundown of the cap hits for the point guards. Next on the agenda will be a look forward at the salaries for shooting guards already inked to deals for next season.

All told, NBA teams have committed a total of $305,799,701 in cap hits so far for next season to the men charged with lighting up the scoreboards around the league. The average hit for the two spot so far for 2015/16 is a respectable $4,853,964, with Kobe Bryant of the Lakers topping the list with an impressive $25MM coming his way. Though it should be noted that the list and rankings will change greatly depending on how the free agent market develops next summer.

I also should add 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 the January 2015 deadline. 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 that season.

Most salaries align with cap hits, but that’s not the case for players like Jeremy Lin , who’s receiving close to $15MM from the Lakers during the 2014/15 season even though his cap hit was 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 league’s shooting guards are listed below, in descending order of cap hit for next season:

      1. Kobe Bryant (Lakers) $25,000,000
      2. Dwyane Wade (Heat) $16,125,000 [Player Option]
      3. James Harden (Rockets) $15,756,438
      4. Eric Gordon (Pelicans) $15,514,031 [Player Option]
      5. Klay Thompson (Warriors) $15,501,000
      6. Andre Iguodala (Warriors) $11,710,456
      7. DeMar DeRozan (Raptors) $10.1MM
      8. Alec Burks (Jazz) $9,463,484
      9. Lance Stephenson (Hornets) $9MM
      10. Monta Ellis (Mavs) $8,720,000
      11. O.J. Mayo (Bucks) $8MM
      12. Avery Bradley (Celtics) $7,730,337
      13. Arron Afflalo (Nuggets) $7.5MM [Player Option]
      14. Kevin Martin (Wolves) $7,085,000
      15. J.J. Redick (Clippers) $7,085,000
      16. J.R. Smith (Knicks) $6,399,750 [Player Option]
      17. Jodie Meeks (Pistons) $6,270,000
      18. Kyle Korver (Hawks) $5,746,479
      19. Bradley Beal (Wizards) $5,694,674
      20. Courtney Lee (Grizzlies) $5,675,000
      21. Victor Oladipo (Magic) $5,192,520
      22. Tony Allen (Grizzles) $5,168,539
      23. Dion Waiters (Cavs) $5,138,430
      24. Corey Brewer (Rockets) $4,905,000 [Player Option]
      25. Ben Gordon (Magic) $4.5MM
      26. C.J. Miles (Pacers) $4,392,225
      27. Jared Dudley (Bucks) $4,250,000 [Early Termination Option]
      28. Vince Carter (Grizzlies) $4,088,019
      29. Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets) $3,425,510
      30. Evan Turner (Celtics) $3,425,510
      31. Quincy Pondexter (Grizzlies) $3,382,023
      32. Anthony Morrow (Thunder) $3,344,000
      33. Ben McLemore (Kings) $3,156,600
      34. Randy Foye (Nuggets) $3,135,000
      35. Jeremy Lamb (Thunder) $3,034,356
      36. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons) $2,891,760
      37. Nik Stauskas (Kings) $2,869,440
      38. C.J. McCollum (Blazers) $2,525,160
      39. Evan Fournier (Magic) $2,288,205
      40. Tony Wroten (Sixers) $2,179,353
      41. Kent Bazemore (Hawks) $2MM
      42. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) $1,953,960
      43. James Young  (Celtics) $1,749,840
      44. Zoran Dragic (Suns) $1,706,250
      45. Gary Harris (Nuggets) $1,587,480
      46. Jordan Adams (Grizzles) $1,404,600
      47. Alan Anderson (Nets) $1,333,484 [Player Option]
      48. Brandon Rush (Warriors) $1,270,964 [Player Option]
      49. Reggie Bullock (Clippers) $1,252,440
      50. Andre Roberson (Thunder) $1,210,800
      51. P.J. Hairston (Hornets) $1,201,440
      52. Archie Goodwin (Suns) $1,160,160
      53. C.J. Wilcox (Clippers) $1,159,680
      54. Garrett Temple (Wizards) $1,100,602
      55. E’Twaun Moore (Bulls) $1,015,421
      56. Toure’ Murry (Jazz) $1MM
      57. Allen Crabbe (Blazers) $947,276
      58. Troy Daniels (Rockets) $947,276
      59. Ricky Ledo (Mavs) $947,276
      60. Hollis Thompson (Sixers) $947,276
      61. Markel Brown (Nets) $845,059
      62. Joe Harris (Cavs) $845,059
      63. Nick Johnson (Rockets) $845,059

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

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