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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Who Will Rake in the Most Cash Next Year


You may have seen me post before about the total amount of money former Kentucky players have made in the NBA since 1990.  For those who haven’t, with a wave of John Calipari players in the league now, in just a few years, UK players will have made over 1 billion dollars in the league in the last 25 years.  But what about on a more short scale?  Now that free agency is in full force and a couple UK players have signed new deals (with Eric Bledsoe and Darius Miller still out there), just how much will UK players make next year as a group, and how does that compare to other major college basketball powers?  I did as much research as I could on NBA player contracts and what guys are projected to make for the 2014-15 season after some new deals have been signed.  From what I can see, there are 6 college basketball teams that have 10 or more players in the NBA next season, nobody with more than the 17 signed UK players (plus Bledsoe and Miller).  How do those teams compare:

*Keep in mind the free agency cycle is still in full effect.  There are guys listed here under contract who could still be waived by their teams.  But as the current state stands, these are the guys under contract.

KENTUCKY (17 players, $96,740,277)
Demarcus Cousins: $13,701,250
John Wall: $13,701,250
Rajon Rondo: $12,909,091
Tayshaun Prince: $7,707,865
Jodie Meeks: $6,000,000
Patrick Patterson: $6,000,000
Chuck Hayes: $5,958,750
Enes Kanter: $5,694,674
Anthony Davis: $5,607,240
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: $5,016,960
Brandon Knight: $3,553,917
Nerlens Noel: $3,315,120
Julius Randle: $2,497,800
James Young: $1,674,480
Terrence Jones: $1,168,680
Marquis Teague: $1,120,920
Archie Goodwin: $1,112,280
(Darius Miller, Eric Bledsoe still unsigned)
(Keith Bogans unlikely to be picked up by Celtics)

FLORIDA (12 players, $75,475,577)
Chandler Parsons: $15,333,333
David Lee: $15,012,000
Joakim Noah: $12,200,000
Al Horford: $12,000,000
Corey Brewer: $4,702,500
Bradley Beal: $4,505,280
Marreesse Speights: $3,657,500
Udonis Haslem: $2,732,000
Mike Miller: $2,700,000
Matt Bonner: $1,000,000
Erik Murphy: $816,482
Nick Calathes: $816,482

UCLA (13 players, $71,338,247)
Kevin Love: $15,719,062
Russell Westbrook: $15,719,062
Jrue Holliday: $9,904,495
Aaron Afflalo: $7,750,000
Darren Collison: $5,333,333
Luc Mbah a Moute: $4,382,576
Matt Barnes: $3,396,250
Jordan Farmar: $2,100,000
Shabazz Muhammed: $1,971,960
Zach Lavine: $1,713,200
Ryan Hollins: $1,316,809
Jordan Adams: $1,120,100
Kyle Anderson: $911,400

DUKE (13 players, $51,199,350)
Luol Deng: $10,000,000
Kyrie Irving: $7,070,730
JJ Redick: $6,583,500
Gerald Henderson: $6,000,000
Josh McRoberts: $5,750,000
Jabari Parker: $4,108,800
Mike Dunleavy: $3,326,235
Austin Rivers: $2,439,840
Mason Plumlee: $1,357,080
Shavlik Randolph: $1,227,985
Miles Plumlee: $1,169,880
Rodney Hood: $1,075,300
Kyle Singler: $1,090,000
(Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly still unsigned)

NORTH CAROLINA (15 players, $50,746,832)
Ty Lawson: $11,595,506
Marvin Williams: $7,000,000
Branden Wright: $5,000,000
Danny Green: $4,025,000
Vince Carter: $4,000,000
Tyler Hansbrough: $3,326,235
Harrison Barnes: $3,049,920
Wayne Ellington: $2,771,340
Brendan Haywood: $2,213,688
John Henson: $1,987,320
Tyler Zeller: $1,703,760
Reggie Bullock: $1,200,720
Ed Davis: $1,000,000
PJ Hariston: $958,100
Kendall Marshall: $915,243

KANSAS (15 players, $42,363,718)
Paul Pierce: $5,500,000
Andrew Wiggins: $4,592,200
Mario Chalmers: $4,000,000
Joel Embid: $3,689,700
Thomas Robinson: $3,678,360
Darrell Arthur: $3,457,149
Ben Mclemore: $3,026,280
Markieff Morris: $2,989,239
Marcus Morris: $2,943,221
Nick Collison: $2,242,003
Kirk Hinrich: $1,750,000
Drew Gooden: $1,448,000
Brandon Rush: $1,250,000
Cole Aldrich: $981,084
Jeff Withey: $816,482
(Xavier Henry, Byron Mullens still unsigned)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

28 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Who Will Rake in the Most Cash Next Year

  1. Coach Durbin
    9:15 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Keith Bogans is due $5.5M whether the Celtics pick him up or not.

    • Haha
      9:59 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      All but a little over 1 mil is non-guaranteed.

    • Reality check
      3:32 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Haha at a million dollars? Only in the US where people have no idea what a million dollars really is and they all think they’ll someday be a millionaire would someone haha at that.

  2. Houston Wildcat
    9:17 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Only reason Florida is that high is because of Parson’s getting overpaid in Dallas. Houston had him for a million and let him out of his contract because they thought they were getting a superstar. That backfired.

    Miller re-signed with the Pelicans last night.

  3. Eric
    9:17 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    You shouldve put Louisville players on there just for laughs.

    • Hard to calculate
      11:26 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      The number for the Louisville players is a little hard to calculate because most of their income is from tips when they drop off the pizza.

    9:17 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    After Darius signed last night and when E Bledsoe signs, the former Cats will be in excess of $100M. That is some serious pocket change.

  5. GraBeardCat
    9:23 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Hmmm – failed to see Indiana listed. Did you forget to check their NBA payroll :>)

  6. Speaker of Truths
    9:29 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Not complaining, but I feel like we’ve seen some iteration of this same list about 4 or 5 times on here in the past. Always nice to see UK at the top though, where we belong.

    • She
      9:37 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Personally, I can’t see it enough. Love it! And wait till AD is up for re-signing. All uphill from here. Go Cats!

    9:53 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Parsons and Lee must have REALLY good agents.

  8. STEVE!
    9:55 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Davis and a few other ex-Cats need to hire Chandler Parsons’ and David Lee’s agent. Each of those bums makes over $15MM per year.

    • catdaddyd
      2:06 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Lee is a double double guy and Parsons is pretty good according to Charles Barkley.

  9. Haha
    10:01 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Guys, Parsons is not over paid. He is a very underrated player who might just be the best in Dallas this season. Lee, on the other hand, was really good when he signed his current contract. He fell off big time afterwards though.

    • bluegrass79
      10:06 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      PLEASE! Parsons is worth 15 million? You’ve lost your damn mind. Dalllas has lost their mind. The NBA has lost their damn mind. Parsons is a 6 million or less player. Nothing more.

    • Haha
      11:29 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      His stats are almost the exact same as Harden’s when Harden was in OKC. Parson was a third option and was still terrific.

  10. Haha
    10:05 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    gee, Boozer is not unsigned. He was placed on waivers, he is still going to earn that HUGE contract. Btw he was picked up for 3+ mil by the Lakers yesterday.

    • The Loco Pollo
      11:36 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, Boozer gets $16.8 mln next year – the Lakers are now on the hook for 3.25 of it and the Bulls the rest.

      And Byron Mullens went to Ohio St (when he was BJ) not Kansas.

  11. mike
    10:18 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Byron Mullens went to Ohio St, not KU

  12. Doron Lamb
    10:21 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    No love for me? I’m not done yet. I would have been a Sr in college last season!

  13. King Kelly Coleman
    10:29 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    What about Doron and Jorts?!

    • King Kelly Coleman
      10:30 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

      nevermind….I see the caveat of “Under Contract” my fault.

  14. Curious
    11:57 am July 18, 2014 Permalink

    What about Nazr did he retire..

  15. 2020
    12:46 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Amazing to realize that Florida truly has surpassed Louisville as an elite basketball program.

  16. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:23 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, look at big Chuck Hayes out there getting paid. I guess if you’re good enough to just stay in the league for a while, you’ll eventually cash in. Great info, btw BTI.

  17. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:25 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    And UK’s total number will only go up (not talking about future players either). There are at least 6 guys on that list who will eventually sign max deals once they’re able to.

  18. bluristhurr
    2:07 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t know about Lee but Parsons agent didn’t negotiate any deal for him, the Mavs sent a offer sheet because he was a restricted free agent. When a RFA is seen as a hot commodity they are overpaid so the players current team is less likely to match. Overpaying has to be done the Mavs has lost out on Gortat couple years ago because they didn’t go all out

  19. Reality check
    3:37 pm July 18, 2014 Permalink

    Hard to believe Bledsoe just turned down 12 million a year for 4 years. He’s dreaming if he thinks he’s going to get a max contract.