How does the rookie pay scale work and just how much does draft position impact it?

By Khadrice Rollins
June 21, 2018

Being selected in the NBA draft is a great moment for any basketball player, but the difference between going No. 1 compared to No. 5 means a lot more financially than one might immediately assume.

Depending where players are selected, they will have a different scale to work off when negotiating their contract. The way it works is all first-round picks have a set amount for how much they can make each season, but they are able to negotiate up to 120% of that amount, or end up with as little as 80% of that amount.

So, for No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns, the rookie scale is set at $6,746,400 for his first year, meaning Ayton can make as much $8,095,680 or as little as $5,397,120.

The scale for No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III and the Kings will start at $6,036,200. For No. 3 pick Luka Doncic, his scale for his first year will start at $5,420,500, while No. 4 pick Jaren Jackson Jr.'s scale starts at $4,887,200 and No. 5 selection Trae Young's scale opens at $4,425,600.

Check out the entire scale for the first-year of each contract for all 30 first-round picks below.

Selection Scale 120% 80%
No. 1 $6,746,400 $8,095,680 $5,397,120
No. 2 $6,036,200 $7,243,440 $4,828,960
No. 3 $5,420,500 $6,504,600 $4,336,400
No. 4 $4,887,200 $5,864,640 $3,909,760
No. 5 $4,425,600 $5,310,720 $3,540,480
No. 6 $4,019,600 $4,823,520 $3,215,680
No. 7 $3,669,400 $4,403,280 $2,935,520
No. 8 $3,361,500 $4,033,800 $2,689,200
No. 9 $3,090,100 $3,708,120 $2,472,080
No. 10 $2,935,400 $3,522,480 $2,348,320
No. 11 $2,788,800 $3,346,560 $2,231,040
No. 12 $2,649,400 $3,179,280 $2,119,520
No. 13 $2,516,900 $3,020,280 $2,013,520
No. 14 $2,391,100 $2,869,320 $1,912,880
No. 15 $2,271,400 $2,725,680 $1,817,120
No. 16 $2,157,900 $2,589,480 $1,726,320
No. 17 $2,050,000 $2,460,000 $1,640,000
No. 18 $1,947,500 $2,337,000 $1,558,000
No. 19 $1,859,800 $2,231,760 $1,487,840
No. 20 $1,785,300 $2,142,360 $1,428,240
No. 21 $1,713,900 $2,056,680 $1,371,120
No. 22 $1,645,400 $1,974,480 $1,316,320
No. 23 $1,579,600 $1,895,520 $1,263,680
No. 24 $1,516,500 $1,819,800 $1,213,200
No. 25 $1,455,700 $1,746,840 $1,164,560
No. 26 $1,407,500 $1,689,000 $1,126,000
No. 27 $1,367,000 $1,640,400 $1,093,600
No. 28 $1,358,500 $1,630,200 $1,086,800
No. 29 $1,348,600 $1,618,320 $1,078,880
No. 30 $1,338,900 $1,606,680

$1,071,120

You can find out more about potential pay for rookie contracts here.

 

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