NBA has strict salary caps to prevent domination of one franchise over an extended period. However, this does not stop the players from becoming some of the highest paid NBA players of all time, whether it’s through their basic salary, bonuses, or endorsements from renowned companies as sponsors such as Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour.
After reading this article, I am sure you will know some of the wealthiest NBA players.
NBA salary cap Limits
Unlike the NHL, NFL, or MLS, the NBA has a soft salary cap. Last season, the NBA set the maximum cap at $109.14 million. And the lowest salary with less than a year of experience is $898,310. the average salary of an NBA player is 7.7 million USD. As per the 2021-2022 wages, the highest pay scale limit for an NBA player contract is up to $43 million.
So Let’s start the countdown and see top NBA players in terms of salary.
#10. Klay Thompson
NBA Salary: $37,980,720
Endorsements: $21.9 million
Along with Curry and Draymond, Klay is one of the big 3 in the Warrior franchise. Klay and Steph curry is known as the splash brothers. Last year he was out of court because of his torn ACL injury. This year, Klay Thompson had an Achilles injury yet again in an intense workout in Southern California.
Klay is currently getting paid $37.1 Million USD and is making 8% more than last year. He is the highest paid shooting guards in the NBA currently. Klay is also projected to be the 10th best-paid NBA player and the 7th best-paid point guard in the following season.
#9. Giannis Antetokounmpo
NBA Salary: $39,344,970
Endorsements: $10 million
Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a multi year super max extension with Milwaukee Bucks for $228 million. Despite Antetokounmpo’s enough professional experience in 2013 Bucks signed him as the 15 overall pick. Later he has blossomed beyond all expectations and won the back-to-back MVP award. As a consequence, the Bucks found a long term future player.
#8. Paul George
Endorsements: $10 million
PG is making 7.4 percent more than in 2019-2020. This year he was the highest-paid player for the Los Angeles Clippers. It took a breathtaking offer for the clippers to acquire Paul George. They had to give up 5 fast round picks, and two future picks swap.
Although their main superstar is Kawhi Leonard, who has a fresh ring from the Raptors, Paul is still the highest-paid player in the LAC franchise. He earns a million more than his fellow star. Paul’s net worth is $35,450,412, making him one of the highest paid power forwards in the NBA. Paul George was the 4th best NBA forward last season.
#7. Kevin Durant
Endorsements: $35 million
At number seven, we have the former MVP of the league Kevin Durant. KD is considered to be one of the best Small forwards of all time. After a successful comeback from a devastating Achilles injury, Kevin Durant is back to rock the Brooklyn Nets. Durant will earn $40.1 million as he tries to lead the Nets to title contention. KD’s net worth is over 170 million.
It is projected that the Brooklyn Star player can make up to 43 million, including bonuses in the upcoming 21-22 session. Besides, he is making 5% more than the previous year. Kevin Durant is the second best-paid power forward this year. He is also the second highest-paid player of the Brooklyn Nets.
#6. LeBron James
NBA Salary: $41,180,544
Endorsements: $80 million
At number six, we have none other than the king LeBron James. The king has always been one of the highest paid NBA players Since his rookie season. LBJ is currently making 4.76% more than in 2019-2020 and his net worth exceeds over $450 million, according to Forbes.
According to his latest contract LeBron is the highest-paid player for the Los Angeles Lakers. He earns around $41 million from NBA contracts and over 80 million from endorsements.
If you ask which NBA player makes the most money?Then surely LeBron’s name will be on top for sure because he has a life long deal with Nike, which is worth more than a massive 1 billion dollars.
#5. Damian Lillard
Endorsements: $13 million
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard’s contract was extended two years back for next four years for $176 million. Hence, he will be with Portland until the 2024-25 season. So, his average salary will be $44 million for the next four years. In December 2020, Lillard signed an endorsement deal with Gatorade, which also boost is total earning.
#4. James Harden
Endorsements: $24.8 million
So in number 4, we have James Harden, the fourth best-paid NBA player this year. The bearded man is considered one of the best NBA players of all time. He is currently the highest-paid player for the Brooklyn Nets.
He gets around 50 thousand dollars for each free throw attempts that he makes. According to Forbes, James Harden’s net worth is $165 million. Adidas has made Harden a face of their brand with a 13-year deal worth 200 million dollars.
#3. Russell Westbrook
NBA Salary: $44,211,146
Endorsements: $27 million
So we are down to number 3 for the countdown of the top 10 highest paid NBA players. This guy is known for his consistent triple-doubles. He even kicked off his Wizard debut with a triple-double in the first game of the 2021 pre-season against the sixers.
Westbrook is worldwide known for his fashion sense and shoe styles. Though there are many controversies about Westbrook’s fashion choices, which ultimately work for his benefit. That’s why he gets around $27 million from endorsements and $44.2 million as NBA salary.
Russell is making 7.4 percent more than his previous season. He is currently the one of the highest paid NBA Player for the Lakers and the 3rd best-paid guard this year in the whole NBA.
#2. John Wall
NBA Salary: $44,310,840
Endorsements: $25 million
Of all the highest paid point guard in the NBA, John Wall may be the top dog. Because of his injury Wall averaged only 33 games per season. Wall’s projected salary puts him in the top 5 positions in the countdown. He signed a 4 year $171 million contract with the Washington Wizards, which was later bought out by the Huston Rockets.
His contract includes a 15% trade kicker, according to ESPN’S insider Adrian Wojnarowski. He is making 8% more than in 2019-2020. The point guard is projected to be the highest paid NBA player in the Houston Rockets.
Wall is currently earning more than $44 million from the league and signed a 5-year endorsement deal with Reebok around $25 million. The wizard star has a net worth of $65 million. The league projects that he will be the 2nd best-paid guard next season.
#1. Steph Curry
NBA Salary: $45,780,966
Endorsements: $42 million
A lot of people ask Who is richer, LeBron or Curry? The answer to the question is Curry is the highest paid in the league, but considering the salary, bonuses, and endorsements, Lebron James is richer than Steph Curry.
According to Marcus Thompson, Steph’s Contract includes a trade kicker. Curry is the highest-paid player in the NBA this year. The former two-time MVP remains the highest-paid player for the Golden State Warriors franchise earning $45+ million. He is the one to make the Under Armour brand famous worldwide.
Curry earns around $42 million dollars from endorsements, and his net worth is about 90 million USD. 5 MINUTES FROM HOME WITH STEPHEN CURRY is one of his highlighted YouTube series. Indeed Curry is trying to bring a change and a positive impact in the NBA, both on and off the court.
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