Who is the highest paid player in the NBA? Steph Curry, Lebron James lead the pack of top earners

It pays to play in the National Basketball Association. In fact, NBA players are, on average, the highest paid athletes in the world, according to Statista.com† The Average Salary in the NBA for the 2021-2022 season is $7.3 million

The top ten highest salaries in the NBA for the 2021-2022 season are all north of $39 million, including superstars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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But who takes home the biggest bag, For real

Well, that depends on how you choose to cut it. Talking about who gets paid the best by an NBA franchise? Dan Curry, who in Augustus Signed a $215 Million Guaranteed Four-Year Renewal with the Warriors, leading the pack by most accounts.

When we consider off-the-court deals, James is by far the best man, according to Forbes

Be here Spotrac.com’s 10 highest paid NBA players by their average annual value, taking a player’s contract and dividing it by the number of years on the contract.

By this calculation, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid follows only Curry on the list. Embiid signed a mega contract worth nearly $196 million over four years with the 76ers in August.

Fifth on the list is reigning NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek power-forward who led the Bucks’ roaring comeback against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals after being out of two games in the best-of-seven series. . Antetokounmpo signed a five-year contract extension, $228 million in 2020

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Highest Paid NBA Players by AAV (Average Annual Value):

  1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors; $53.8 million – $215.3 million over four years

  2. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers; $48.9 million – $195.9 million over four years

  3. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat; $48.7 million – $146.3 million over three years

  4. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets; $48.5 million – $194.2 million over four years

  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks; $45.6 million – $228.2 million over five years

  6. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers; $44 million – $176.2 million over four years

  7. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers; $44 million – $176.2 million over four years

  8. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers; $44 million – $176.2 million over four years

  9. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers; $42.8 million – $85.6 million over two years

  10. James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers; $42.7 million – $171.1 million over four years

Highest-paid NBA players in 2021-2022 season salary

Here are the 10 highest paid NBA players based on their 2021-2022 season salaries, according to ESPN† This figure accounts for the league’s annual salary cap, which it set at $112.4 million this season

  1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors; $45.7 million

  2. James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers; $44.3 million

  3. John Wall, Houston Rockets; $44.3 million

  4. Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers; $44.2 million

  5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets; $42 million

  6. Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers; $41.1 million

  7. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks; $39.3 million

  8. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers; $39.3 million

  9. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers; $39.3 million

  10. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers; $39.3 million

Make it four NBA titles and four Finals MVPs for LeBron James.

Make it four NBA titles and four Finals MVPs for LeBron James.

But if you count the earnings out of court, “King” James sits on the throne. The 37-year-old and four-time NBA champion is the second-highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbeswith a projected $121.2 million in 2022.

Curry and Durant are also high on this list. Forbes projects will each scratch this year in fourth and fifth place in their rankings north of $92 million in revenue.

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