*By Fersu Yahyabeyoglu (@fersudeniz) & Mark Porcaro (@MarkPorcaro)*

**Editor’s Note: It is extremely hard to find official Euroleague salaries. Through a lot of research, Fersu and Mark were able to get as close as they possibly could to building a Top 50 list and getting the correct salaries. The salary numbers and rankings are the best representation of all of their research.*

Euroleague season is nearly upon us and the excitement is continuing to build as teams have nearly filled out their rosters for the 2015-16 campaign. We have spent countless hours over the last few months tracking player movement and digging through every article we could get our hands in an attempt to bring you this list. Please note that these amounts are approximate and in no way official but we believe that through our research we can present this information as close to accurate as you will find without seeing the signed contracts themselves. With that being said, we present to you to the Top 50 Euroleague salaries for the 2015-16 season.

*Based on information we received after posting the article, we had to removed the salary section of the list based off discrepancies sent in about the salary numbers. Sorry about the confusion but without official numbers from the team it is to tough to confirm each number and instead here is the list just in ranked form.

NO | Player | Pos | Height | Age | Nationality | Team | League |

1 | Alexey Shved | G | 1.98 | 26 | Russia | BC Khimki | VTB |

2 | Rudy Fernandez | G/F | 1.98 | 30 | Spain | Real Madrid | ACB |

3 | Joel Freeland | C | 2.11 | 28 | England | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

4 | Vassilis Spanoulis | G | 1.93 | 33 | Greece | Olympiacos | ESAKE |

5 | Nenad Krstic | C | 2.13 | 32 | Serbia | Anadolu Efes | BSL |

6 | Milos Teodosic | G | 1.95 | 28 | Serbia | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

7 | Juan Carlos Navarro | G | 1.92 | 35 | Spain | FC Barcelona | ACB |

8 | Sergio Llull | G | 1.88 | 27 | Spain | Real Madrid | ACB |

9 | Tyrese Rice | G | 1.85 | 28 | Montenegro | BC Khimki | VTB |

10 | Jan Vesely | F/C | 2.11 | 25 | Czech Repbublic | Fenerbahce | BSL |

11 | Nick Calathes | G | 1.98 | 26 | Greece | Panathinaikos | ESAKE |

12 | Ante Tomic | C | 2.18 | 28 | Croatia | FC Barcelona | ACB |

13 | Sergio Rodriguez | G | 1.91 | 29 | Spain | Real Madrid | ACB |

14 | Vitaly Fridzon | G | 1.95 | 29 | Russia | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

15 | Gustavo Ayon | C | 2.08 | 30 | Mexico | Real Madrid | ACB |

16 | Justin Doellman | F | 2.08 | 30 | USA | FC Barcelona | ACB |

17 | Dimitris Diamantidis | G | 1.96 | 35 | Greece | Panathinaikos | ESAKE |

18 | Luigi Datome | F | 2.03 | 27 | Italy | Fenerbahce | BSL |

19 | Derrick Brown | F | 2.03 | 28 | USA | Anadolu Efes | BSL |

20 | Andres Nocioni | F | 2.03 | 35 | Argentina | Real Madrid | ACB |

21 | Sergei Monia | F | 2.02 | 32 | Russia | BC Khimki | VTB |

22 | Viktor Khryapa | F | 2.06 | 33 | Russia | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

23 | Petteri Koponen | G | 1.94 | 27 | Finland | BC Khimki | VTB |

24 | Nando De Colo | G | 1.95 | 28 | France | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

25 | Ricky Hickman | G | 1.89 | 32 | Georgia | Fenerbahce | BSL |

26 | Jamon Gordon | G | 1.91 | 31 | USA | Darussafaka Dogus | BSL |

27 | Jordan Farmar | G | 1.88 | 28 | Israel | Maccabi Tel Aviv | WINNER |

28 | Giorgos Printezis | F | 2.06 | 30 | USA | Olympiacos | ESAKE |

29 | Brad Oleson | G | 1.91 | 32 | Greece | FC Barcelona | ACB |

30 | Bogdan Bogdanovic | G/F | 1.98 | 23 | Spain | Fenerbahce | BSL |

31 | Pero Antic | C | 2.1 | 33 | Serbia | Fenerbahce | BSL |

32 | James Augustine | F | 2.08 | 31 | FYROM | BC Khimki | VTB |

33 | Aaron Jackson | G | 1.9 | 29 | USA | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

34 | Kyle Hines | C | 1.98 | 29 | USA | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

35 | Devin Smith | F | 1.98 | 32 | USA | Maccabi Tel Aviv | WINNER |

36 | Malcolm Delaney | G | 1.91 | 26 | USA | Lokomotiv Kuban | VTB |

37 | Miroslav Raduljica | C | 2.13 | 27 | USA | Panathinaikos | ESAKE |

38 | Antonis Fotsis | F | 2.09 | 34 | Serbia | Panathinaikos | ESAKE |

39 | Felipe Reyes | F/C | 2.06 | 35 | Greece | Real Madrid | ACB |

40 | Kostas Sloukas | G | 1.87 | 25 | Spain | Fenerbahce | BSL |

41 | Emir Preldzic | G/F | 2.06 | 28 | Greece | Darussafaka Dogus | BSL |

42 | Marcus Slaughter | F/C | 2.04 | 30 | Turkey | Darussafaka Dogus | BSL |

43 | Jayson Granger | G | 1.88 | 25 | USA | Anadolu Efes | BSL |

44 | Bobby Dixon | G | 1.78 | 32 | Uruguay | Fenerbahce | BSL |

45 | Zoran Dragic | G | 1.96 | 26 | Turkey | BC Khimki | VTB |

46 | Thomas Heurtel | G | 1.88 | 26 | France | Anadolu Efes | BSL |

47 | Shane Lawal | F/C | 2.08 | 28 | USA | FC Barcelona | ACB |

49 | Ekpe Udoh | F/C | 2.08 | 28 | Nigeria | Fenerbahce | BSL |

49 | Taylor Rochestie | G | 1.85 | 30 | USA | Maccabi Tel Aviv | WINNER |

50 | Cory Higgins | G | 1.96 | 26 | Montenegro | CSKA Moscow | VTB |

- Based on European nationalities: Spain has 6 players and €12,100,000 totally on the top.
- Based on Non-European nationalities: USA has 12 players and €14,030,000 totally on the top.
- Based on the leagues: BSL has 15 players on the top.
- Based on the leagues: VTB has €24,410,000 totally on the top.
- Juan Carlos Navarro is the oldest player that has the highest salary in the list with €2,500,000.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic is the youngest player that has the highest salary in the list with €1,300,000.
- Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow have 8 players each and they are the teams that have the most number players in the list.
- There are 24 players at the guard position, almost half of the list. Guards are the richest players in Europe we can say.

Great and thanks for this info. But you guys should also definitely specify that these salaries are the net income amount. People from USA and Canada don’t understand that, and by almost 100%, they automatically assume that they are gross figures, since that is the way the big sports leagues in USA/Canada work. But it is a totally different salary meaning, when it is net, instead of gross.

It would be interesting to see a longer list that includes a lot of the average and a little bit above average salaries

It’s not FYROM. It’s Macedonia. That word is completely offensive.

the official name is FYROM. Try to live with that

I’m pretty sure you mixed up the net and gross numbers for John Bryant here.

1.3 Million net would be like 2.5 gross in Germany.

The whole budget for FC Bayern Basketball is rumored to be between 13-15 Million Euros. This includes also the costs for the arena, traveling expenses, all staff members and so on. So do you really think they spend 1/6 of that on John Bryant?

1.3 net isn’t an unusual salary for a team with a 15 million euro budget (what Bayern’s budget is supposed to be this year). It’s quite common for teams in Russia to have similar or even smaller budgets than that, and pay the same kind of salaries. Granted, the tax is much less in Russia.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46093#.VhQpqDaheUk

That’s the UN using FYROM.

32 pero antic macedonia

Your kind of a country official name is FYROM deal with it. Macedonia is HELLENIC

I want to see the budgets of the teams also with the numbers. I really wonder about it . You can see the real success with it . If a team is the richest you expect that they will win. But this is not a real success . If there is a team whose budget low and it wins you can mention it is a real success. So I want to see the correlation with Money and winning.

I want to add that the next year team number will be decreased 24 to 16 and 11 teams name is fixed to be attend every year . It is a very bad idea this must be stopped because it is not sportive approach its a financial approach . I Hate that idea so