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Stacking up the Orlando Magic's salaries

Where do Magic players stand among the NBA's highest-paid players?

Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris
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ESPN has released a complete list of every NBA player's salary for the 2015/16 season. With two Orlando Magic men inking rookie extensions which begin in the season ahead, now's as good a time as any to see where the Magic rank against their peers around the league.

Tobias Harris checks in as the Magic's top earner, as he's set to make an even $16 million in the 2015/16 season due to the extension he signed with the club in July. That figure ranks 20th in the league, just behind Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and ahead of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. Butler and Wall have notched All-Star berths in their careers, so from a financial standpoint the pressure is on Harris to produce at an All-Star level soon.

Indeed, the only player making more money than Harris without an All-Star berth is Enes Kanter, who signed a maximum offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers--flush with cap space and a positional need after the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge--only to see the Oklahoma City Thunder match it. One can thus regard Kanter as a special case.

Nik Vučević, Orlando's next-highest earner, doesn't appear until 55th on the list, with a salary of $11,250,000. He's in good company, making just less than what Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors point guard and the league's reigning MVP, will. The Magic center inked an extension prior to the 2014/15 season.

Believe it or not, Channing Frye stands as the only other Magic player among the league's top-100 highest paid. The veteran big man signed with the Magic in July 2014 and remains to date the highest-paid free-agent acquisition in Rob Hennigan's tenure as general manager. Frye will make $8,193,029 in the season ahead, per ESPN, or just $1 less than Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza.

Frye's salary is bloated for what he offers, but in fairness to him Orlando never quite figured out how to integrate the floor-spacing forward into its offense in his first Magic season. Further, his salary declines with each passing year.

A near-complete list of Magic salaries and where they rank league-wide is embedded in this post. That list doesn't include the salaries of Dewayne Dedmon or Devyn Marble, as they do not appear in ESPN's database. According to Basketball Insiders, Dedmon will make just less than $1 million, while Marble will earn upwards of $800,000.

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