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Anthony Davis will not be highest paid rookie ever

Jun 27, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Anthony Davis AP

There is a rookie salary scale in the NBA that makes first round-picks very affordable for owners for the first couple years at least, and really four or five for most players. It makes the truly elite players like a Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin a real steal for the first several years they are in the league.

And traditionally each year, the No. 1 overall pick made a little bit more than the guy before him.

Until this year.

Thanks again, new NBA salary structure. From Darren Heitner at Forbes:

The new collective bargaining agreement also stipulates that Davis will not get an increase in salary compared to last year’s number one overall pick, Kyrie Irving or the prior year’s first pick, John Wall.

Typically, first round picks receive a more favorable rookie contract than the players who were picked in the same slot as them the prior year. However, Irving’s (selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the team’s first overall pick in 2011) slot value in his first year of his rookie deal was $4,286,900, as was the first overall slot for the year before, where John Wall, who was taken by the Washington Wizards…

Anthony Davis will not only fail to receive an increase in his rookie year salary from what Irving and Wall garnered in their respective rookie years, he will also receive less money in years two and three of his rookie contract than Wall, who was selected in the same slot two years ago. While Wall’s third year slot is $4,929,900, Anthony Davis’ will be $257,200 lower (at $4,672,700).

We should note that players have a “slotted” salary and can sign a contract up to 120 percent of that slot — and you can bet Davis (and the other top picks) will get that extra 20 percent.

And yes, Davis is still going to make good money. More than a lot of NBA players, more than you and me. But in terms of the revenue he will generate for the Hornets (not alone production on the court) he will be a great value for the Hornets for the first few years.

  1. obijuan13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    How much will the Brow make???

    • CJ - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      beat me to it. He will have the highest paid unibrow ever, that much is certain.

      • obijuan13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        The brow already has two tag line endoesements.

      • obijuan13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Endorsements!!! Wow, I can’t type today!! 😀

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    The sight of this kid smiling with that brow-bridge on his forehead would frighten anyone’s children. Aside from basketball…this his marketability stems from pure ugliness. Impressive.

    • camnellum12 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I know, have you seen his teeth. With all the money he’ll be making, he needs to fix that shark jaw of his..

  3. pistolpete0903 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Please don’t call Griffin an elite player.
    He is a star player all-right, but not elite.

  4. saintsfan83 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Welcome to New Orleans Mr.Davis good weather no snow, and you will love Mardi Gras. WHO DAT NATION!!!!

  5. jengibre23 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Who cares about all that. Sign your contract and make your money. He’ll get his “unibrow” stuff and nike will go after him and he’ll be making money on shoes anyways so reapply he’ll be making alot more than just his contract

  6. 1historian - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    he is kind of ugly but it’s a nice ugly. He looks like a nice kid.

    Who’s gonna make around $5,000,000 next year for playing basketball


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