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Western Conference Salary Rankings: Centers

Hoops Rumors is in the process of ranking the salaries, separated by conference, for each NBA player by position. We’ve already looked at the point guards of the Western Conference and will now turn our attention toward the conference’s centers.

All told, the teams out west have committed a total of $247,911,928 in cap hits this season to the men who man the middle. The average conference salary for the five spot this season is $5,634,362, with Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan topping the list with a more than respectable $21,165,675 to account for on their year-end W-2 forms.

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 won’t make it out of the preseason, while others will be sweating it out until January 10th. 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. 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.

I should also add that not every player listed below will play center this season, as some will likely play power forward. To maintain uniformity, I used their positions listed on the teams’ official rosters to determine which list to include them on. So if you see a player who isn’t expected to play center for his team this season listed below, that’s why.

The Western Conference’s centers are listed below, in descending order of salary:

  1. Marc Gasol [Grizzlies] — $21,165,675
  2. DeAndre Jordan [Clippers] —$21,165,675
  3. Enes Kanter [Thunder] —$17,145,838
  4. DeMarcus Cousins [Kings] —$16,957,900
  5. Timofey Mozgov [Lakers] —$16,000,000
  6. Pau Gasol [Spurs] —$15,500,000
  7. Tyson Chandler [Suns] —$12,415,000
  8. Nikola Pekovic [Wolves] —$12,100,000
  9. Andrew Bogut [Mavs] — $11,027,027
  10. Omer Asik [Pelicans] —$9,904,494
  11. Kosta Koufos [Kings] —$8,046,500
  12. Cole Aldrich [Wolves] —$7,643,979
  13. Festus Ezeli [Blazers] —$7,400,000
  14. Tarik Black [Lakers] —$6,191,000
  15. Karl-Anthony Towns [Wolves] —$5,960,160
  16. Alex Len [Suns] —$4,823,621
  17. Alexis Ajinca [Pelicans] —$4,638,203
  18. Jordan Hill [Wolves] —$4,000,000
  19. Willie Cauley-Stein [Kings] —$3,551,160
  20. Anderson Varejao [Warriors] — $3,535,664 *See note below
  21. Steven Adams [Thunder] —$3,140,517
  22. Dewayne Dedmon [Spurs] —$2,898,000
  23. Nene [Rockets] —$2,898,000
  24. Zaza Pachulia [Warriors] — $2,898,000
  25. Gorgui Dieng [Wolves] —$2,348,783
  26. Mason Plumlee [Blazers] —$2,328,530
  27. Georgios Papagiannis [Kings] —$2,202,240
  28. Rudy Gobert [Jazz] —$2,121,287
  29. Jusuf Nurkic [Nuggets] — $1,921,320
  30. Anderson Varejao [Warriors] — $1,551,659
  31. JaVale McGee[Warriors] — $1,403,611
  32. Marreese Speights [Clippers] —$1,403,611
  33. Nikola Jokic [Nuggets] — $1,358,500
  34. Clint Capela [Roclets] —$1,296,240
  35. Damian Jones [Warriors] — $1,171,560
  36. Greg Stiemsma [Blazers] — $1,139,123
  37. Robert Sacre [Pelicans] —$1,050,961
  38. Ivica Zubac [Lakers] —$1,034,956
  39. Jeff Withey [Jazz] —$1,015,696
  40. Salah Mejri [Mavs] — $874,636
  41. Joffrey Lauvergne [Thunder] —$854,860
  42. A.J. Hammons [Mavs] — $650,000
  43. Chinanu Onuaku [Rockets] — $543,471
  44. Diamond Stone [Clippers] —$543,471

Note: Varejao’s salary includes the $1,551,659 he is earning from the Warriors and the $1,984,005 he is being paid by the Blazers, who waived him via the Stretch Provision.

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