The 2017 NBA Draft was held tonight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Of course, potential prospects were vying to be a top pick and cash in with a lucrative contract. This is of utmost importance since slipping in the draft could cost a player millions with the NBA’s rookie salary limits.
With that in mind, Business Insider has charted how much money, both guaranteed and non-guaranteed, last year’s picks eventually signed for when they were selected almost exactly a year ago today. Last year’s Ben Simmons signed a four-year contract worth up to $26.6 million USD with just the first two years and $12.1 million USD guaranteed. Meanwhile, the 16th pick in the draft received a deal worth just $9.1 million USD with $3.9 million USD guaranteed. Moving into the second round, you can see the chart drop, which typically only includes one or two years of guaranteed money. Take a look at the chart below.