NBA superstars like Stephen Curry who earn $45,780,966 just from their salary are always in the highlights for their huge jaw-dropping earnings.
Estimating their total income is becoming a complicated task year after year as their income is not limited to their salaries.
And even this year is not an exception as players from Stephen Curry and James Harden to John Wall and Russell Westbrook and beyond have earned massive income.
Here are we presenting the list of top 10-highest paid players of National Basketball Association –
1. Stephen Curry
Team: Golden State Warriors
Wardell Stephen Curry is the topmost highest-paid NBA player in America. Popularly known as one of the greatest professional basketball players and the reputed shooter in NBA history, Stephen brings the revolution by motivating the players & teams for frequent utilization of three-point shoot.
Stephen is that name among renowned basketball players who won 2 Olympics Gold Medals, 4 NBA championships, NBA Finals MVP Award, NBA All-Star Game MVP Award & many more. He is the first NBA player who eclipsed the salary of $40 million.
2. James Harden
Team: Philadelphia 76ers
James Harden, the member of the United States national team, is the second highest-paid athlete among the NBA players. Being a high-volume scorer & the best shooting guard of NBA.
Harden has become the winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award and also won MVP award in 2018. Harden won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics & also in FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014.
3. John Wall
Team: Houston Rockets
Johnathan Hildred Wall, another name of NBA’s highest-paid athletic star is a five time NBA All-Star from 2014 to 2018. Wall got selected & has played for Washington Wizards from 2010 to 2020, but in 2019, he came across with several injuries and has lost more than 2 years of his basketball career.
From 2020, Wall again started his career with Houston Rockets & still continues his journey of being a universally popular player for his point guard position in the court.
4. Russell Westbrook
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Being a member of NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Russell Westbrook has achieved the designation of a nine-time NBA All-Star and has won the Most Valuable Player Award for the 2016 to 2017season.
Russell also earned the gold medals both in 2010 FIBA World Championship and also in 2012 Olympics.
5. Kevin Durant
Team: Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Wayne Durant, the winner of two NBA Championship and two Finals MVP Awards, was selected by the Seattle Supersonic in 2007 & has also signed Golden State Warriors in 2016.
He has won three gold medals repeatedly in the Olympics 2012, 2016 & 2020 for USA Men’s Basketball Team and the only 2 players to win 3 Olympics Gold Medal in the world. Durant also conquered the gold in 2010 FIBA World Championship.
6. LeBron James
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James, widely known as King James, is also considered to be one of the highest-paid NBA players of 2020. In his career life, James has won four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, two gold medals in Olympic 2008 & 2012 and has also become the gold medallist in 2007 FIBA American Championship.
He is extensively considered one of the greatest players of all time and the 1st player in NBA to accumulate more than 10,000 career points. He is the highest earing player through endorsement.
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo, a Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player, is popularly known as Greek Freak in Basketball athletic sphere. Born & brought up in Nigeria, Antetokounmpo won NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in 2019 & 2020.
Playing in power forward position, he received the trophy of Most Improved Player award in 2017.
8. Damian Lillard
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
2020 Tokyo Gold Medal winning basketball player Damian Lillard is the only Portland Trail Blazer Player, who has become 6 times All-star & All NBA Team member in 2021.
Since, his inception from the pick in the NBA Draft 2012, this American Basketball player is playing for Portland Trail Blazers. He also won the NBA Rookie of the Year 2013. He is famous as “Dame Time” for his history of making big shots during clutch time.
9. Kawhi Leonard
Team: LA Clippers
Kawhi Leonard of Los Angeles Clippers is only 3 players who won NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) with multiple teams. In 2018-19, Leonard led Toronto Raptors to win their maiden NBA Championship.
He is nicknamed with the name “Claw” for his skilful manoeuvre in stealing the ball from the opponents.
10. Paul George
Team: LA Clippers
Paul George has won Olympics Gold Medal in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with the American Men’s’ Basketball Team. He is known as PG-13 in his current NBA team Los Angeles Clippers.
This 7 times NBA All-Star and 6 times member of the All-NBA Team is one the dependable small forward for the Clippers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Which NBA player is the highest-paid as of 2021?
The Golden State Warriors’ Point Guard Stephen Curry was the highest paid NBA player for the season 2021. He was paid $43,006,362 as salary for the season.
Curry was followed by Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul and Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook for no. 2 & 3 spot respectively with the handsome salary of $41 million each.
- Who will be the highest-paid NBA player in 2023?
Stephen Curry, the famous American Basketball Player will be the highest paid NBA player for 2023 with salary of $48,070,014. If the current contract with the #30 of team Golden State Warriors continues, he will be 1st NBA player in this globe to draw the salary of $50 million in 2024.
- Who is the best NBA player of 2022?
Stephen Curry, the Point Guard of Golden State Warriors’, is the best NBA player of 2022. His team becomes the champion of NBA Finals 2022 and he won .
The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player 2022 & NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player 2022.
- What is the NBA 2022 salary cap?
The salary cap for the NBA season 2022-23 is slightly higher than the projected and the salary cap will by $122 million which is $1 million higher than the previous estimates.
The luxury tax will also be revised to the higher side than the projection, and, it will be landing at $149 million. The latest salary cap has been increased overpowering the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and things are returning to new normal.
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