Best paid European rookies ever - Evan Russell
There's been no shortage of European lottery selections in the NBA in the last 15 years, but surprisingly it's a No. 23 pick that's getting the richest rookie deal for a Euro coming into the league. Montenegrin forward Nikola Mirotic will become this season the best paid European rookie in the history of the NBA with a first-year salary of $5,305,000 – clearly ahead of the $4.5 million Italian big man Andrea Bargnani commanded in 2006.

Mirotic's deal with the Chicago Bulls calls for him to make $16.6 million in three years, which will be more than enough to offset the $3 million he will have to pay Real Madrid for his contract buyout.

BEST PAID EUROPEAN ROOKIES EVER

PLAYER TEAM DRAFT POSITION ROOKIE SEASON SALARY
1. Nikola Mirotic Chicago No. 23 2014-15 $5,305,000
2. Andrea Bargnani Toronto No. 1 2006-07 $4,501,200
3. Enes Kanter Utah No. 3 2011-12 $4,133,280
4. Nikola Pekovic Minnesota No. 31 2010-11 $4,000,000
5. Sarunas Jasikevicius Indiana Undrafted 2005-06 $4,000,000
6. Jorge Garbajosa Toronto Undrafted 2006-07 $3,750,000
7. Jonas Valanciunas Toronto No. 5 2012-13 $3,627,720
8. Darko Milicic Detroit No. 2 2003-04 $3,595,800
9. Timofey Mozgov New York Undrafted 2010-11 $3,567,096
10. Zeljko Rebraca Detroit No. 54 2001-02 $3,500,000
11. Alex Len Phoenix No. 5 2013-14 $3,492,720
12. Ricky Rubio Minnesota No. 5 2011-12 $3,480,120
13. Marc Gasol Memphis No. 48 2008-09 $3,093,333
14. Mirza Teletovic Brooklyn Undrafted 2012-13 $3,090,000
15. Jan Vesely Washington No. 6 2011-12 $3,065,040
16. Joel Freeland Portland No. 30 2012-13 $3,013,512
17. Pau Gasol Memphis No. 3 2001-02 $2,970,840
23. Arvydas Sabonis Portland No. 24 1995-96 $2,200,000
43. Dirk Nowitzki Dallas No. 9 1998-99 $1,472,640
57. Predrag Stojakovic Sacramento No. 14 1998-99 $1,310,400
80. Toni Kukoc Chicago No. 29 1993-94 $1,025,000
-. Tony Parker San Antonio No. 28 2001-02 $744,480