Western Conference Salary Rankings: Small Forwards

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, shooting guards, power forwards and centers of the Western Conference and will now turn our attention toward the conference’s small forwards.

All told, the teams out west have committed a total of $346,116,172 in cap hits this season to the men who man the three spot. The average conference salary for small forwards this season is currently $6,180,646, with Kevin Durant topping the list with a more than respectable $26,540,100 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 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 small forward this season, as some will likely see some time at shooting guard or 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 small forward for his team this season listed below, that’s why.

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

  1. Kevin Durant [Warriors] — $26,540,100
  2. Harrison Barnes [Mavericks] — $22,116,750
  3. Chandler Parsons [Grizzlies] — $22,116,750
  4. Luol Deng [Lakers] —$18,000,000
  5. Kawhi Leonard [Spurs] —$17,638,063
  6. Evan Turner [Blazers] —$16,393,443
  7. Gordon Hayward [Jazz] —$16,073,140
  8. Danilo Gallinari [Nuggets] — $15,050,000
  9. Rudy Gay [Kings] —$13,333,333
  10. Solomon Hill [Pelicans] —$11,241,218
  11. Wilson Chandler [Nuggets] — $11,233,146
  12. Andre Iguodala [Warriors] — $11,131,368
  13. Joe Johnson [Jazz] —$11,000,000
  14. Jared Dudley [Suns] —$10,470,000
  15. Maurice Harkless [Blazers] —$8,988,765
  16. Yi Jianlian [Lakers] — $8,000,000
  17. Trevor Ariza [Rockets] —$7,806,971
  18. Al-Farouq Aminu [Blazers] —$7,680,965
  19. Corey Brewer [Rockets] —$7,612,172
  20. Matt Barnes [Kings] —$6,125,000
  21. Alex Abrines [Thunder] —$5,994,764
  22. Wesley Johnson [Clippers] —$5,628,000
  23. Nick Young [Lakers] —$5,443,918
  24. P.J. Tucker [Suns] —$5,300,000
  25. Brandon Ingram [Lakers] — $5,281,680
  26. Kyle Singler [Thunder] —$4,837,500
  27. Quincy Pondexter [Pelicans] —$3,617,978
  28. Will Barton [Nuggets] — $3,533,333
  29. Paul Pierce [Clippers] —$3,527,920
  30. Shabazz Muhammad [Wolves] —$3,046,299
  31. Omri Casspi [Kings] —$2,963,814
  32. James Ennis [Grizzlies] — $2,898,000
  33. Joe Ingles [Jazz] —$2,150,000
  34. T.J. Warren [Suns] —$2,128,920
  35. Sam Dekker [Rockets] —$1,720,560
  36. Rasual Butler [Wolves] — $1,551,659
  37. Metta World Peace [Lakers] — $1,551,659
  38. Kyle Anderson [Spurs] —$1,192,080
  39. Josh Huestis [Thunder] —$1,191,480
  40. Livio Jean-Charles [Spurs] —$1,188,840
  41. Kevon Looney [Warriors] — $1,182,840
  42. Quincy Acy [Mavericks] — $1,050,961
  43. Christopher Johnson [Jazz] —$1,050,961
  44. Robbie Hummel [Nuggets] — $980,431
  45. James McAdoo [Warriors] — $980,431
  46. JaKarr Sampson [Nuggets] — $980,431
  47. Chris Wright [Thunder] — $980,431
  48. Anthony Brown [Lakers] —$874,636
  49. Travis Wear [Lakers] — $874,636
  50. Jake Layman [Blazers] —$600,000
  51. Davis Bertans [Spurs] —$543,471
  52. Nicolas Brussino [Mavericks] — $543,471
  53. Elgin Cook [Warriors] — $543,471
  54. Dorian Finney-Smith [Mavericks] — $543,471
  55. Derrick Jones [Suns] — $543,471
  56. Troy Williams [Grizzlies] — $543,471
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3 thoughts on “Western Conference Salary Rankings: Small Forwards

  1. Bernaldo

    More sloppy work by Mr. Scarito! Previously listing Zach LaVine as a PG when he was the Wolves starting SG last season and is the same for this; listing Andrew Wiggins as SG when his primary position last season was SF and is slated to be the same this season. On this list, one would think that Shabazz Muhammad and Rasul Butler are the two options at SF; Muhammad is a key man off the bench and Butler is only a camp invitee.


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