Saturday 21 July 2018
Because even though it’s LeBron James who has signed the biggest contract this summer ($ 153.3 million, or $ 1.23 billion over four years), there are several youngsters who really have salt in the porridge, and so forth .
21-year-old Devin Booker was drafted as 13th of the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 draft, and the average 24.9 points per match match in the 2017/18 season for a weak Suns team. The score was the tenth best in the league.
In the first four seasons (the first three plus the one now), he has “just” earned 10 million dollars in total, or around 80 million dollars.
Then Phoenix Suns offered him a five-year deal worth $ 158 million (or $ 1.2 billion) starting next summer.
The same goes for the 95 models Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. LaVine smoked the ribbon in his left knee in February 2017, and was out for eleven months. Jokic was chosen as number 41 in the second round of the draft in 2014, and has the average of 18.9 points per game, while Gordon has not managed to reach his potential after four years in the league (the average of 17.6 points per game this season).
This is how the NBA system works
Nevertheless, these three got well paid this summer: LaVine and Gordon have signed four new contracts with respectively. Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic with a value of nearly $ 650 million each while Jokic accepted a Denver Nuggets offer of $ 1.2 billion over five years.
*Eleven players will earn $ 30 million or more in the coming season. Just twice before this season, a player has earned $ 30 million or more in a season: Michael Jordan in 1997/98 and Kobe Bryant in 2013/14.