2015/16 Salary Rankings: Power Forwards

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, shooting guards, and small forwards. Next on the agenda will be a look forward at the salaries for power forwards already inked to deals for next season.

All told, NBA teams have committed a total of $352,785,930 in cap hits so far for next season to the men manning the block around the league. The average hit for the four spot so far for 2015/16 is an extremely robust $5,427,476, with Chris Bosh of the Heat topping the list with an impressive $22,192,730 coming his way. However, 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 power forwards are listed below, in descending order of cap hit for next season:

  1. Chris Bosh (Heat) $22,192,730
  2. Blake Griffin (Clippers) $18,907,725
  3. Kevin Love (Cavs) $16,744,218 [Player Option]
  4. David Lee (Warriors) $15,493,680
  5. Nene (Wizards) $13MM
  6. David West (Pacers) $12.6MM [Player Option]
  7. Serge Ibaka (Thunder) $12,350,000
  8. Derrick Favors (Jazz) $12MM
  9. Kenneth Faried (Nuggets) $11,235,955
  10. Thaddeus Young (Wolves) $9,971,739 [Early Termination Option]
  11. Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) $9,638,555
  12. Ryan Anderson (Pelicans) $8.5MM
  13. Taj Gibson (Bulls) $8.5MM
  14. Tiago Splitter (Spurs) $8.5MM
  15. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs) $8,333,334
  16. Channing Frye (Magic) $8,193,029
  17. Markieff Morris (Suns) $8MM
  18. Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks) $7.9MM
  19. Boris Diaw (Spurs) $7.5MM
  20. Pau Gasol (Bulls) $7,448,760
  21. Anthony Davis (Pelicans) $7,070,730
  22. Marvin Williams (Hornets) $7MM
  23. Carl Landry (Kings) $6.5MM
  24. Jason Thompson (Kings) $6,431,250
  25. Patrick Patterson (Raptors) $6,268,675
  26. Anthony Bennett (Wolves) $5,803,560
  27. Josh McRoberts (Heat) $5,543,725
  28. Nikola Mirotic (Bulls) $5,543,725
  29. Marcus Morris (Suns) $5MM
  30. Trevor Booker (Jazz) $4,775,000
  31. Kris Humphries (Wizards) $4,440,000
  32. Aaron Gordon (Magic) $4,171,680
  33. Marreese Speights (Warriors) $3,815,000 [Team Option]
  34. Nerlens Noel (Sixers) $3,457,800
  35. Mike Scott (Hawks) $3,333,333
  36. Julius Randle (Lakers) $3,132,240
  37. Anthony Tolliver (Suns) $3MM
  38. John Henson (Bucks) $2,943,221
  39. Noah Vonleh (Hornets) $2,637,720
  40. James Johnson (Raptors) $2.5MM
  41. Terrence Jones (Rockets) $2,489,530
  42. Andrew Nicholson (Magic) $2,380,593
  43. Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets) $2,288,205
  44. Jared Sullinger (Celtics) $2,269,260
  45. Perry Jones III (Thunder) $2,038,206
  46. Adreian Payne (Hawks) $1,938,840
  47. Ryan Kelly (Lakers) $1,724,250
  48. Mitch McGary (Thunder) $1,463,040
  49. Cartier Martin (Pistons) $1,270,964
  50. Ed Davis (Lakers) $1,100,602 [Player Option]
  51. Jon Leuer (Grizzlies) $1,035,000
  52. Joey Dorsey (Rockets) $1,015,421
  53. Brandon Davies (Sixers) $947,276
  54. Grant Jerrett (Thunder) $947,276
  55. Tony Mitchell (Pistons) $947,276
  56. Mike Muscala (Hawks) $947,276
  57. Cameron Bairstow (Bulls) $845,059
  58. Tarik Black (Rockets) $845,059
  59. Drew Gordon (Sixers) $845,059
  60. Cory Jefferson (Nets) $845,059
  61. Eric Moreland (Kings) $845,059
  62. Johnny O’Bryant III (Bucks) $845,059
  63. Dwight Powell (Celtics) $845,059
  64. JaKarr Sampson (Sixers) $845,059
  65. Jarnell Stokes (Grizzlies) $845,059

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

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3 thoughts on “2015/16 Salary Rankings: Power Forwards

    • Eddie Scarito

      This list is for next year. Millsap is a free agent at the end of this season–so he carries no cap hit yet.


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