With Free Agency rapidly approaching, Crafted NBA has put together a quick reference to the upcoming free agency period. Players have been split into four groups; Guards, Wings, Forwards, and Bigs, and then ranked within these groupings. Included with each player is a Fair Salary* which can be used as a guideline for what a player is expected to be worth per season over the next 2-3 seasons. This can be used as a base of reference for judging the contracts that teams are handing out this summer.
*see below for expanded definitions and formula
Fair Salary: we start with the average salary of all players of a similar CraftedPM over the past few seasons, adjusted to account for the changes in salary cap. Further adjustments were made to account for a players role, position, age, and potential upside. This is not a prediction of what a player will sign for on the market, rather this should be used as a tool for use when deciding whether a team overpaid or got a bargain. Example: Bradley Beal's 'Fair Salary' is listed at around 22 million/season. He will almost surely get more than that and may end up proving to be worth quite a bit more, however, strictly in terms of on court value, 22 million/season is around the salary we would expect him to be worth over the next few years.
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