2014-15 NBA Financial Preview

2014-15 NBA Financial Preview
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2014-15 NBA Financial Preview

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On the eve of the 2014-15 NBA regular season, we'll take a look across the team rosters financially, noting the total payrolls, top-paid players, fun facts, and even a view "best value" predictions.
Top Free Agent Signings by Position
Plenty of elite players hit the free agent market this past offseason, and the build up didn't disappoint. Teams spent over $1.37 billion on free agent contracts over the summer, none larger than the 5 year $124 million deal the Knicks gave to Carmelo Anthony. After losing Lebron James to the Cavaliers (2 years, $42.2M), the Miami Heat rewarded Chris Bosh with a 5 year $118 million contract. Here's a look at some of the more notable deals signed.

Related: NBA Free Agent Signing Tracker
Player Pos. Team Length Value Average
Eric Bledsoe PG PHX 5 $70,000,000 $14,000,000
Gordon Hayward SG UTH 4 $62,965,420 $15,741,355
Carmelo Anthony SF NYK 5 $124,064,681 $24,812,936
Channing Frye PF ORL 4 $32,000,000 $8,000,000
Chris Bosh C MIA 5 $118,705,300 $23,741,060
Total Team Spending
Now a look at the total salaries allocated to each team's 2014-15 salary cap, their top-paid player, and projected team ranking from ESPN.

Related: 2014-15 NBA Team Salary Cap Tracker
Team 2014-15 Payroll Top Paid Player ESPN Rank
Atlanta Hawks $60,038,044 Al Horford (C), $12,000,000 15
Boston Celtics $74,750,522 Rajon Rondo (PG), $12,909,090 27
Brooklyn Nets $93,741,270 Joe Johnson (SG), $23,180,790 19
Charlotte Hornets $64,095,158 Al Jefferson (C), $13,500,000 13
Chicago Bulls $67,432,557 Derrick Rose (PG), $18,862,876 3
Cleveland Cavaliers $73,174,525 LeBron James (SF), $20,644,400 2
Dallas Mavericks $68,684,141 Chandler Parsons (SF), $14,700,000 6
Denver Nuggets $74,458,358 Ty Lawson (PG), $11,595,506 18
Detroit Pistons $60,850,926 Josh Smith (SF), $13,500,000 20
Golden State Warriors $72,958,285 David Lee (PF), $15,012,000 5
Houston Rockets $67,034,154 Dwight Howard (C), $21,436,271 12
Indiana Pacers $74,798,942 Paul George (SF), $15,925,680 22
Los Angeles Clippers $80,040,744 Chris Paul (PG), $20,068,563 4
Los Angeles Lakers $69,699,818 Kobe Bryant (SG), $23,500,000 24
Memphis Grizzlies $76,075,090 Zach Randolph (PF), $16,500,000 8
Miami Heat $72,249,089 Chris Bosh (PF), $20,644,400 16
Milwaukee Bucks $56,249,301 Larry Sanders (C), $11,000,000 26
Minnesota Timberwolves $70,339,024 Nikola Pekovic (C), $12,100,000 25
New Orleans Pelicans $68,605,883 Omer Asik (C), $14,898,938 17
New York Knicks $91,373,462 Amar'e Stoudemire (C), $23,410,988 21
Oklahoma City Thunder $75,089,449 Kevin Durant (SF), $18,995,624 10
Orlando Magic $56,016,975 Channing Frye (PF), $8,579,088 29
Philadelphia 76ers $36,826,522 Jason Richardson (SG), $6,601,125 30
Phoenix Suns $58,852,749 Eric Bledsoe (PG), $13,000,000 14
Portland Trail Blazers $69,352,824 LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), $15,256,000 7
Sacramento Kings $71,460,751 Rudy Gay (SF), $19,317,326 23
San Antonio Spurs $69,397,678 Tony Parker (PG), $12,500,000 1
Toronto Raptors $76,121,523 Kyle Lowry (PG), $12,000,000 9
Utah Jazz $58,075,132 Gordon Hayward (SG), $14,746,000 28
Washington Wizards $76,245,035 John Wall (PG), $14,746,000 11
Financial Facts
  • At $23.5M, Kobe Bryant accounts for 34% of the Lakers entire 2014-15 salary cap
  • Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4M) and Carmelo Anthony ($22.4M) account for 52% of the Knicks 2014-15 payroll.
  • The average salary on the 2014-15 Brooklyn Nets is $6.25 million. The average salary on the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers is $2.175M.
  • Including their 2014-15 salary, 29 active NBA players will have earned over $100 million in their careers.
  • 7 active NBA players have earned more than the entire 76ers active roster combined ($167.1M).
Average Salaries by Position
Unlike the NFL or MLB where a few positions tend to dominate the payrolls, the NBA has a bit of parody when it comes to positional spending. We'll take a look at the current average salary by position as it currently stands.

Related: Top 2014-15 NBA Salaries
Pos. Average 2014-15 Salary
Point Guard $4,556,318
Shooting Guard $4,163,913
Small Forward $4,127,053
Power Forward $4,665,972
Center $5,717,979
Projecting the Best Values for 2014-15
We've gathered statistical projections from ESPN, CBS, and other notable sources to assess which players may outperform their current paycheck in the upcoming season.
Player Pos. 2014-15 salary $ Rank Stat Rank
LeBron James SF $20,644,400 6 2
Stephen Curry PG $$10,629,213 57 5
DeMar DeRozan SG $$9,500,000 65 10
Dirk Nowitzki PF $$7,974,482 84 12
Damian Lillard PG $3,340,920 190 14
Notable Expiring Contracts
The current 2015 free agent class has a much older "role-playing" feel to it, coming off one of the most exciting classes in recent memory. We'll list out a few of the more notable names whose contract is set to expire after the 2014-15 season. View the full list at our sortable free agent tracker.

Related: NBA Free Agent Signing Tracker
Player Pos. Team AGE 2014 Salary
Amar'e Stoudemire PF NYK 31 $23,410,988
Rudy Gay SF SAC 28 $19,317,326
LaMarcus Aldridge PF POR 29 $16,256,000
Marc Gasol C MEM 29 $15,829,688
Rajon Rondo PG BOS 28 $12,909,090
DeAndre Jordan C LAC 26 $11,440,123
Tim Duncan C SAS 38 $10,361,446


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