Is Deandre Ayton still in the top 35 of the NBA?

This summer, Deandre Ayton got the bag. After entering restricted free agency, he Phoenix Suns The center received a presentation sheet from Indiana Pacers At the full salary cap, a player can be offered Year 4, and the Suns have exercised their right to match that offer and keep Ayton purple and orange for the foreseeable future.

Now, your favorite “Why not dunk more?!” The position is more than $30.9 million in the upcoming 2022-23 season and $133 million over the next four years. That salary makes him the second-highest-paid player in the Suns’ championship contender, behind first-team guard Devin Booker, ahead of third-team guard Chris Paul, and miles ahead of first-team guard all. Defense of Al-Jusour striker Michal.

Eaton, who never made an All-Star, is now being paid like an all-star youngster. Of the 23 players who have received the same “post-maximum rookie” contract since the 2014 draft, only seven did not participate in the All-Star Game prior to receiving the said extension. Other players like Ayton who didn’t play the All-Star Game before getting this bag? Andrew Wiggins (once since), Devin Booker (3 times since), Jamal Murray, Daron Fox, Shay Gilgus Alexander and Michael Porter Jr. have three more (D’Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis and Brandon Ingram) all-star appearances only in a year They held them but they never got to that situation again.

Eaton now gets paid like a star. Does this mean he is overpaid?

Let’s look at it.

Ayton’s rank among the salaries

First, where does iTunes rank among the NBA’s highest-paid players next year? He will be the 34th highest-paid player in 2022-23, exactly about his contemporaries from recent drafts.

Salaries courtesy of

That’s fine if 34 is the best player In the NBA, right? Or at least the top 40?

Ayton rank among other NBA players

Last year, Ayton ranked 37th in the Top 100 . List (Up from 74th the previous year.)

37. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

(prev. rank: 74)

iTunes overall evolutionespecially on the defensive side, earned him appropriate praise During the Suns finals. By sacrificing after touch and using his sheer size to influence the course of play, Ayton has become more than just a physically gifted 7-foot owner in the sport. He’s one of the best bouncers in the game, a much-improved patcher, and too mobile to plan off the ground in the playoffs: basically, why he was the first pick. – JW

He had ESPN in 35 overall.

No. 35: Dender Eaton

swing skill: with Chris Paul With the help, Ayton established himself as one of the top positions in the game while helping the Suns reach the finals last season – both players proving their strength in pick-and-roll. At just 23 years old, Ayton is both super efficient (his career best scoring 62.6% from the field last season) and strength from both ends (with 39 doubles last season). Ayton can land with a max stretch for beginners, but he may need to take a higher load and prove himself more if the 36-year-old starts playing for fewer minutes. – Holmes

Why it went up 17 spots: Ayton has been a double-double almost every night throughout his career, but has made great strides as a defender in his third season. Eaton ranked 11th in the NBA in the DRPM as one of the most influential defenders and anchor of the Suns’ Top 10 Defenders. – snoring

The rankings for the upcoming season haven’t been fully announced yet, but we can assume that Eaton will generally rank in the same area as they have improved year on year during the regular season and during the first round of playoffs (20.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists/gram in a 70% shot against Pelicans) before exploding like the rest of his teammates in the second round. I was expecting it to stay in the top 40.

So, he is the 34th highest paid player in 2022-23 and, at worst, the 40th best paid player.

The real value of iTunes He established a new rating for NBA players based on “real value” using a special rating system called “world ranking” to determine a player’s true salary compared to their peers.

This ranking system can generate a salary that is very high (eg Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in at over $74M in real terms) and very low (they stop at the league bottom line but the system can actually calculate negative salary values).

Here is more about’s New “True Value” Scale.

Use world ranking As a key performance measure, the real value takes into account the productivity of each player from the past three seasons, giving additional value to the official NBA games played in the last 365 days. The regular season includes playoffs. Using this rule, we calculate how that translates to the average “due” salary per year.

Also consider real value: player age, availability, defensive performance, off-field issues. For example, if a player is warned by his team for malicious behavior, this will be directly reflected in his value. Our NBA Insider Michael Scott It will help us gain first-hand insight from CEOs, coaches and scouts around the league to make the real value as accurate as possible.

The final count for each player will change almost every day for several reasons. On the one hand, the algorithm takes into account the games played in the last 365 days, so a new good game or a bad game from last year removed from the account will improve its real value, and vice versa. On the other hand, the money around the league is not limitless. The numbers will be adjusted taking into account the total money spent on salaries in the NBA. So, if a franchise signs a player to a maximum contract that adds $45 million to the 2022-23 total, the real values ​​around the league will adjust accordingly.

Where does that leave the sun?

what about Four Suns players rank among the 41 best players in real value – This means that four Suns players must be in the top 10% of salaries in the entire league (because the league has 450 spots on the roster each season).

Deandre Ayton ranks 34th on this scale. Sure, his “real value” is less than his salary, but you can see that this rating system reduces salaries compared to real life. In real life, 41 players will actually earn $30 million or more this season in the NBA, while this true value metric only awards $30+ million to 27 players.

If the graphic is too small to read, I will help you:

  • Devin Booker has a net worth of over $48.5 million, the eighth highest in the league
  • Chris Paul has a net worth of approximately $32 million, which is number 24 in the rankings
  • Deandre Ayton has a net worth of nearly $28 million, which is number 34
  • Mikal Bridges has a net worth of over $24 million, which is the 41 highest number

Of these four, Ayton is the passive – which means his real value is less than his contract value. On the list, DA is one of 12 players in the top 34 players who get paid more than their “real value” calculated according to

Bottom line: iTunes doesn’t have to be overpaid, no matter how you look at it.

He’s not the best “value” contract on the team, but in the immediate aftermath of signing his huge new contract, it’s good to know he’s not getting shovel money he doesn’t deserve.