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Thursday, May 30, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid NBA Small Forwards

  • Jimmy Butler is the highest-paid small forward at just under $49 million yearly.
  • Three players make over $44 million annually.
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Heat superstar Jimmy Butler tops the chart as the highest-paid NBA small forward. In 2021, Butler signed a three-year, $146.4 million contract extension allowing him to make more than $48.7 million per year.

Following just behind Butler is former MVP Kevin Durant at $48.55 million. Durant signed a four-year, $194.22 million deal with the Nets in 2021 before being traded to the Suns in February of 2023.

Coming in at three and four on the list are Kawhi Leonard at $44.06 million and Michael Porter Jr. at $35.85 million. Kawhi’s salary will increase going into next season as he recently signed a three-year, $149.65 million extension to stay with the Clippers.

Finishing off the top five is the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram at $31.65 million. Ingram signed a five-year, $158.25 million contract in 2020.

The Highest-Paid Small Forwards

Here is the full list of the 25 highest-paid NBA small forwards by average salary. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 18, 2024
  • Will be updated again: June 30, 2024
RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Jimmy ButlerMiami Heat$48.79 million
2 Kevin DurantPhoenix Suns$48.55 million
3 Kawhi LeonardLos Angeles Clippers$44.06 million
4Michael Porter Jr.Denver Nuggets$35.85 million
5 Brandon IngramNew Orleans Pelicans$31.65 million
6Khris MiddletonMilwaukee Bucks$31 million
7 Gordon HaywardOklahoma City Thunder$30 million
8DeMar DeRozanChicago Bulls$27.3 million
9Andrew WigginsGolden State Warriors$27.25 million
10 Jaylen BrownBoston Celtics$26.58 million
11Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors$25 million
12 Cameron JohnsonBrooklyn Nets$23.62 million
13Mikal BridgesBrooklyn Nets$22.72 million
14De’Andre HunterAtlanta Hawks$22.5 million
15 Dillon BrooksHouston Rockets$21.5 million
16Bojan BogdanovicNew York Knicks$19.51 million
17Keldon JohnsonSan Antonio Spurs$18.5 million
T-18Duncan RobinsonMiami Heat$18 million
T-18OG AnunobyNew York Knicks$18 million
20Doug McDermottIndiana Pacers$13.75 million
21Herb JonesNew Orleans Pelicans$13.45 million
22Brandon MillerCharlotte Hornets$12.3 million
23Nicolas BatumPhiladelphia 76ers$11.27 million
24Joe InglesOrlando Magic$11 million
25Royce O’NealePhoenix Suns$9 million
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