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Tonight, 60 players will hear their names called in tonight’s NBA Draft; the dream they’ve been working on for most of their lives. As soon as the caps are placed on their heads, agents and team personnel begin work on the players’ contracts.

So what does a rookie contract look like? It’s all about where you’re drafted.

The initial NBA rookie contract is two years, However, teams may exercise an option to re-sign a rookie for a third season. If a team exercises that option, they can also exercise an option to keep the player for his fourth season.

First round picks are guaranteed that two-year deal, and their contract is somewhat tied to a pay scale in the current CBA. I say “somewhat” because there is room for some negotiation. Players contracts must be between 80-120 percent of the NBA scale.

Here’s what that scale looks like for this season.

Pick2013-14 NBA Pay Scale
1$4,479,000
2$4,008,200
3$3,599,400
4$3,245,200
5$2,938,700
6$2,669,100
7$2,436,600
8$2,232,200
9$2,052,000
10$1,949,200
11$1,851,800
12$1,759,300
13$1,671,300
14$1,587,000
15$1,508,200
16$1,432,900
17$1,361,200
18$1,293,200
19$1,235,000
20$1,185,600
21$1,138,100
22$1,092,700
23$1,049,000
24$1,007,000
25$966,700
26$934,600
27$907,700
28$902,100
29$895,600
30$889,100

As mentioned above, second round picks aren’t guaranteed contracts. But if they are offered one, it does fall under the same two-years guaranteed as a first-rounders contract does, with options for the third and fourth years.

Obviously, all of that money doesn’t go to the players. Agents get their cut, and taxes will take a big chunk out of their payday as well.

Still, they’re not exactly going to be hurting.

 


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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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