At this very moment, the average NBA salary for the 2017-18 campaign is $5,950,142. That’s a rather large sum of money, but it seems small in comparison to some of the monstrous contracts we’ve seen signed this offseason. Just ask Russell Westbrook, who recently inked a five-year, $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This made me wonder who some of the best players in the league are who fall below that average salary. So I made a list of every NBA salary for the upcoming season, found who was making less than $5,950,142, and whittled that list down to the top 20 talents.
Since we haven’t actually seen them play significant NBA action yet, no rookies were included on this list. At least one year of NBA action was required to earn a spot among the biggest discounts in the league heading into 2017-18.