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The Highest Paid NBA Power Forwards For The 2022-23 Season

The Highest Paid NBA Power Forwards For The 2022-23 Season

The power forward position seems to be overpaid these days. Heading into the 2022-23 season, two of the top-3 highest-paid power forwards played 55 and 40 games, respectively, last season. One member of the top 10 averaged 13.6 points per game and played an average of 22.5 minutes per game. That doesn’t include how many of these players circulated among the trade rumor mill last season.

That doesn’t even include Domantas Sabonis, who was traded and is not a member of the top 10 as he makes around $18 million. Sabonis led all power forwards with five triple-doubles last season and tied Giannis Antetokounmpo for the most double-doubles. Among players at the position, Sabonis had the third-best player efficiency rating.

When some of these players are on top of their game, their respective teams are fairly competitive. Some teams were seen as championship contenders. With that said, it was not the year of the power forward unless you were one particular player that shined like the former MVP he is. Maybe, this season will be.

These are the top 10 highest-paid power forwards for the upcoming season.

10. John Collins - $23,500,000

John Collins

2021-22 Stats: 16.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.0 BPG

It’s been two years since Collins averaged 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 40.1% from three-point range. Collins accomplished that in 41 games during the shortened 2019-20 season. Since that season, Collins has shown regression in his shooting, shooting six-percent less from the field, as well as now shooting just above 36% from three-point range. With the addition of Dejounte Murray on the team, Collins might see a decrease in his points per game, but we could see more open looks for him, which could lead to a higher shooting percentage.

The Hawks could use the old Collins because his three-point shooting ranks him 13th among all power forwards. He is not a strong rebounder and an average defender. There was speculation that this offseason, Collins could be moved. Instead, he will be paid like a top-10 player at the position. He will need to bring more to the position if the Hawks want to make a run at the Eastern Conference Finals again.

9. Julius Randle - $23,760,000

Julius Randle

2021-22 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Speaking of regression, Randle’s outside shooting was an atrocity. Randle shot his worst three-point percentage since the 2017-18 season with the Lakers. While Randle has improved his outside shooting since those days with the Lakers, it was a big dropoff from his 41.1% shooting during the 2020-21 season when Randle was an All-Star.

Still, Randle had a solid season, and it’s not completely Randle’s fault the New York Knicks were not a good team last season. Randle nearly averaged a double-double as his 31 double-doubles were third-best among power forwards. His playmaking was solid as well. Randle's 5.1 assists per game are sixth among players at the position. The Knicks will rely on Randle next season to make it back to the postseason, and his play is somewhat of a bargain given what he produces and what he is paid.

8. Draymond Green - $25,806,468

Draymond Green

2021-22 Stats: 7.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG

Given that Green led all power forwards with 7.0 assists per game, it’s a solid bargain for the Warriors when they are paying for the eighth-highest power forward. With that said, Green’s scoring keeps him from being a $30 million per year player. Green doesn’t have to score a bunch with the Warriors, though. Since the team has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Green’s flourished in a role where he does a tad bit of everything.

Green is also a great defender and was once considered a contender to win Defensive Player of the Year. Green can play the power forward and center positions where he is asked to guard both positions at times. As the Warriors look to defend their title, Green will be a huge part of their quest toward winning a fifth championship.

7. Kevin Love - $28,942,830

Kevin Love

2021-22 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG

These stats are not flashy when you look at what Love did earlier in his career. It’s also a lot of money for a player that primarily comes off of the bench. With that said, something has to be said about Love’s efficiency and his ability to adapt to a new role. Love had the fifth-best PER and shot 39.2% from three-point range.

Love is not the rebounding champion he used to be. He is not the player that will play for over 30 minutes per night. However, Love played 74 games last season and filled a shooting void that the team needed. Throw in an 83.8% clip at the free throw line, this is a solid player to have on your bench. Now, is it worth $29 million? That is unlikely, but it is the final year of his contract.

6. Jaren Jackson Jr. - $28,946,605

Jaren Jackson Jr.

2021-22 Stats: 16.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.3 BPG

When Jaren Jackson Jr. is healthy, the Memphis Grizzlies are a pretty good team. Combined with Ja Morant’s rise to stardom, the one-two punch of Morant and Jackson could be an interesting duo to watch as they enter their mid-20s. While Morant is sexier on offense, Jackson is often overlooked for his ability to defend. His 2.3 blocks per game were tied for the best among all power forwards.

Jackson is a top-10 free throw shooter as well, topping 82% from the line. His 3.6 made free throws per game were sixth among all power forwards. He could improve his overall offensive game, though. His 41.5% shooting from the field and his 31.9% shooting from three-point range are not going to get him into All-Star games. With that said, he could be in the conversation if that improves and his defense stays the same.

5. Pascal Siakam - $35,448,672

Pascal Siakam

2021-22 Stats: 22.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG

There was a time when the Pascal Siakam contract looked like one of the worst deals in the league. Then, Siakam started playing like his former self, and the Raptors began winning again. The Raptors ended on a good note last season, and Siakam’s overall season was a success. To prove it. He was one of four players with a PER over 20, where he finished fourth overall. Not to mention, despite not averaging a double-double, Siakam had 30 double-doubles, which was fourth-best at the position.

Siakam could improve at the free throw line, where he nearly shot 75% but he did finish tied for third with 4.2 made free throws per game. He was also fourth in assists per game, while his 1.3 steals per game was tied for sixth. Given that Siakam hovered around the top-5 in multiple stat categories and he owns the fifth-highest contract, it’s not a bad deal for the Raptors.

4. Tobias Harris - $37,633,050

Tobias Harris

2021-22 Stats: 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Tobias Harris is such a conundrum. He shows flashes of playing like an All-Star, but then there are stretches that you forget he is on the floor. Harris is making over $37 million and has never made an All-Star appearance in his career. Then, you look at what he brings to the table in comparison to others, and this is going to be a contract that the team is going to have to swallow for the next two years.

Understandably, Harris may not be a 30-point scorer with Joel Embiid and James Harden on the floor. With that said, Harris should be above 20.0 points per game. He’s also a below-average defender with an overall PER that ranks outside the top 10. While his fourth-best 84.2% shooting at the free throw line is nice to have in games, the 76ers are never going to make the NBA Finals unless he has a jump similar to what Andrew Wiggins did for the Warriors last season.

3. Anthony Davis - $37,980,720

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2021-22 Stats: 23.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.2 BPG

When healthy, Anthony Davis could push anyone on this list for the title of best power forward in the league. For the last two seasons, Davis has battled injuries that have cut his season down. When Davis played with the Lakers his first season, the duo of LeBron James and Davis helped the Lakers rank near the top in defensive efficiency and won the 2020 NBA championship.

Davis proved that he is a valuable player when on the floor. He tied for the most blocks per game among players at the position. His PER was over 23, and it would have ranked in the top 3 had he played enough games. In 40 games, Davis recorded 19 double-doubles, while shooting 53.2% from the field. It all comes down to health. If he remains healthy, this contract is worth it.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo - $42,492,492

Giannis Antetokounmpo

2021-22 Stats: 29.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG

Only two power forwards will receive more than $40 million next season. Given what Antetokounmpo has done in the recent past, there are not too many fans in Milwaukee upset about this investment. There was once upon a time when there was worry he would bolt like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back in the day after leading the team to the 2021 championship. It appears that Antetokounmpo is going to be a Milwaukee lifer.

The Bucks have themselves an MVP candidate as long as he stays healthy. His 29.9 points per game were tied for the best among players in the position, while his rebounding was third. His 5.8 assists per game were third and there were times he could have had more but chose to run the floor and finish on his own. His 46 double-doubles were tied with Sabonis for the most at the position, but where he shined the most was his 32.12 PER, which was second in the NBA, only behind MVP Nikola Jokic.

1. Kevin Durant - $44,119,845

Kevin Durant

2021-22 Stats: 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG

The question has never been about Durant being worth the money. The answer is that he is 100% is worth every penny when he is healthy. The problem is that Durant has played 90 combined games in three seasons with the Nets. One of those seasons he missed was when he was recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. When Durant was on the court, he was talked about in the MVP race and was a contender for the scoring title. There are not too many players in this league that can average a line like Durant.

Durant remains a lethal scorer on the court. His 10.5 field goals per game were 0.2 more than Antetokounmpo. Durant shot 51.8% from the field, 38.3% from three-point range, and 91.0% from the free throw line. Had his PER qualified, it would have been over 25.0. Now, we don’t know where Durant is going to play next season. Durant requested a trade a month ago and has four years left on his deal. It will not be an easy contract to move. He could sit out until he is traded or he could come back and help the Nets try to contend, which is what he wanted to do in the first place. Is this contract worth it? As we said, it all depends on how many games he gets in. 


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