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Average G League Ignite salary revealed as Shareef O'Neal signs 'six figure' deal

Joshua Rogers July 26, 2022
Average G League Ignite salary revealed as Shareef O'Neal signs 'six figure' deal
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Shareef O’Neal has signed a ‘six figure’ deal with the G League Ignite after appearing in the summer league this offseason. Here’s the average G League Ignite salary and what Shareef O’Neal’s G League Ignite salary is.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on 25 July that Shareef O’Neal – the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal – was signing with the G League Ignite team.

The younger O’Neal played for the Los Angeles Lakers during summer league this offseason and has reportedly signed a a six-figure contract with the Ignite.

“NBA teams were intrigued with O’Neal’s athleticism and pedigree throughout the predraft and summer-league process,” Charania wrote. “O’Neal has worked extensively with trainer Justin Zormelo in his continued development as a pro prospect, helping O’Neal navigate his basketball career on and off the floor.”

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Shareef’s solid if not spectacular offseason

Shareef O’Neal appeared in six summer league games this offseason. He averaged 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 11.5 minutes per game.

The 22-year-old played in just 37 collegiate games across three seasons with UCLA and LSU. O’Neal underwent open-heart surgery in December 2018 while he was at UCLA which hampered his progress. He was then sidelined with foot injuries throughout 2020 and 2021.

He averaged just 2.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game throughout his collegiate career. The 6ft 10in, 215lb youngster entered the 2022 NBA Draft but went unselected. Shareef participated in the G League Elite prospect camp in May before committing to a summer league invite with the Lakers.

O’Neal had solid if not spectacular offseason but showed enough potential to warrant a G League contract with the Ignite.

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Average G League Ignite salary revealed

The G League, in one form or another, has been around since 2001. It provides a legitimate option for high schoolers who want to skip college and showcase their skills.

It also gives younger rookies and veterans a platform to train and develop their skills in the hope of making an NBA roster.

The salary of G League players depends on the contract they sign and the category they fall under. On average, a G League player makes around $35,000 per season but does offer prospects salaries of up to $500,000.

For example, the highest-paid player in the G League is reportedly Sharife Cooper who is making $462,629. Still, the G League average of $35,000 is over twenty-six times less than the NBA’s rookie league minimum salary of $925,000.

Players on ‘Select Contracts’ earn $125,000 over five months

However, players signed to a select contract (which O’Neal is believe to be on) will earn more than the average. Shareef O’Neal’s G league Ignite salary will earn him $125,000 for the five-month NBA G League season.

This new select contract is primarily for players that do not attend college and instead choose to play in the G League.

However, players signed to a Select Contract are not eligible to play in the NBA. That’s because they won’t yet have officially gone through an NBA Draft.

Players signed to Select Contracts will be eligible for the NBA Draft following their year in the NBA G League.

Do you think Shareef will make it to the NBA one day? Will he be a success for the Ignite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.