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NBA Rookie Pay Scale: How Much They Make Depending on Draft Position

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

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.

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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.