15 highest-paid NBA players at the moment

15 highest-paid NBA players at the moment

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been one of the most-coveted sports by many people over the years. With a huge liking and following across the world, the highest-paid NBA players happen to make colossal amounts from endorsements as well.

Highest-paid NBA players

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In recent years, NBA salaries have skyrocketed in a manner that cannot go unnoticed. It is worth noting that most of the biggest stars in the game have made huge earning away from the pitch.

Top 15 highest paid NBA players

Here is the list of the top 15 national basketball players who earn the most in their professional basketball career.

1. Stephen Curry

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What basketball player makes the most money? As of 2020, Stephen Curry stands as the highest-paid National Basketball Player. He is the only person who won the NBA MVP titles unanimously after a second time winning the award back-to-back in 2016.

In June, he bought a $31 million home in Atherton, California, together with Ayesha, his wife. He made a seven-figure donation to Howard University when launching the school’s golf program. The two-time MVP winner recently signed a contract partnership with Callaway Golf.

  • Team: Golden State Warriors
  • Accolades: Two times NBA MVP, three times NBA Championships, two times World Cup Gold Medals
  • Salary: $40.2M
  • Endorsements: $45M
  • Total earnings: $85.2M

2. Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook stands as one of the best paid NBA players of all time. As of now, he holds the highest-paid NBA players endorsements after signing a 5-year contract worth $207 million. In 2017, Russell extended his Nike Jordan brand deal for another ten years. In 2018, he was given his first signature shoe dubbed Why Not Zero. Russell has an average of triple-double for three straight seasons.

  • Team: Houston Rockets
  • Accolades: 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, eight times NBA All-Star, 20117 NBA MVP
  • Salary: $38.5 M
  • Endorsements: $18 million
  • Total earnings: $56.5 M

3. Chris Paul

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Chris Paul is the second-highest-paid NBA player active in this season after Stephen Curry, who was traded in July to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is also one of the early investors to put their money and become ambassadors for Beyond Meat. The stock price of Beyond Meat has quadrupled since its first public offering that took place in May.

  • Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Accolades: 2012 Olympic Gold medal, 2008 Olympic Gold medal, nine times NB All-Star
  • Salary: $38.5M
  • Endorsements: $8M
  • Total earnings: $46.5 M

4. James Harden

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James Harden is one of the top paid NBA players. In summer, he purchased a minority stake at the Houston Dynamo of MLS at $15 million. He also holds equity stakes at different companies such as Stance socks, Body Armor, and Art of Sport. He also extended his 2017 deal with the Rockets with an $8 million jump.

  • Team: Houston Rockets
  • Accolades: 2012 Olympic Gold medal, 2014 World Cup Gold medal, 2018 NBA MVP
  • Salary: $38.2 M
  • Endorsements: $17 M
  • Total earnings: $55.2 M

5. Kevin Durant

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Kevin ranks in third place among the highest-paid NBA player in history. There is a great likelihood that he might be out the entire season as he is recuperating from a torn Achilles he suffered during the NBA Finals in June.

He will, however, still take home his full 1st years' salary under the 4-year $164 million deal he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in July. Kevin Durant has placed his investment in over 30 startups, such as investing app Acorns and Postmates.

  • Team: Brooklyn Nets
  • Accolades: 2 times NBA Finals MVP, two times NBA Championships, two-times Olympic Gold Medals
  • Salary: $38.2 M
  • Endorsements: $35M
  • Total earnings: 73.2 M

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6. John Wall

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John Wall, one of the highest-paid NBA bench players, is expected to miss the entire upcoming season due to his torn Achilles tendon. John will still take home his annual $47 million as per his four-year 2017 contract, which was priced at $171.1 million.

  • Team: Washington Wizards
  • Accolades: Five times NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • Salary: 38.2 M
  • Endorsements: $ 5M
  • Total earnings: $43.5M

7. LeBron James

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LeBron James has the highest-paid NBA players endorsements hence making him huge overall earnings. In 2019, LeBron signed a community work-rooted endorsement with Walmart. James worked with an imitative dubbed Fight Hunger Spark Change. He is also a part of an investment group that owns a 19 Blaze Pizza franchise across Florid and Illinois.

  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Accolades: 3 times NBA Championships, four times NBA Most Valued Player, two-times Olympic Gold Medals
  • Salary: $37.4M
  • Endorsements: $55M
  • Total earnings: $92.4 M

8. Kyle Lowry

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Kyle and the Toronto Raptors are going into a new season fresh from the first-ever NBA Championship franchise. This comes with huge monetary benefits for Kyle Lowry. The salary of the veteran point guard is expected to shoot with a few million dollars from the 2018-2019 season payment, which was priced at $31 million.

  • Team: Toronto Raptors
  • Accolades: Big East All-Freshman Team, All-NBA Third Team, six times NBA All-Star, NBA Champion
  • Salary: $34.9 M
  • Endorsements: $1.5M
  • Total earnings: $36.4M

9. Blake Griffin

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In January 2018, Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons from the Clippers. This took place slightly over a year after signing a 5-year contract, which was valued at $171.2 million. It ranks Blake Griffin as one of the best paid NBA players, even though the deal is set to expire in 2022.

  • Team: Detroit Pistons
  • Accolades: six times NBA All-Star, three times All-NBA Second Team, Big 12 Player of the Year, NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Salary: $34.5 M
  • Endorsements: $7 M
  • Total earnings: $41.5 M

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10. Paul George

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During the July trade, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA All-Star was under a four-year contract, which was worth $136.9 million.

  • Team: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Accolades: NBA Most Improved Player, All-NBA First Team, six times NBA All-Star, four times All-NBA Third Team
  • Salary: $33M
  • Endorsements: $7M
  • Total Earnings: $40M

11. Klay Thompson

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One of the highest-paid NBA players this season tore his ACL during the June NBA finals. According to Steve Kerr, Thompson’s coach, there is a likelihood that Klay will miss the entire season.

Under the $190 million deal he signed in July, Klay will still pocket his entire $32.7 million payment, which is almost double his earning in the previous year. Thompson is also the basketball face of Anta, a Chinese shoe brand.

  • Team: Golden State Warriors
  • Accolades: 2014 World Cup Gold medal, 2016 Olympic Gold medal, three times NBA Championships
  • Salary: $32.7M
  • Endorsements: $15M
  • Total earnings: $47.7 M

12. Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi Leonard takes the twelfth position on the list of the top 15 highest paid NBA players this season. In July, he signed a deal worth $103 million overall with the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Team: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Accolades: 2019 NBA Finals MVP, four times All-Star, two times Defensive Player of the Year honors
  • Salary: $32.7 M
  • Endorsements: $5.5m
  • Total earnings: $38.2 M

13. Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving is one of the highest-paid NBA players in 2020 and has numerous deals apart from his annual salary. He has a 4-year contract valued at $136 million with the Brooklyn Nets. The deal boasts an additional $4.3 million in the form of potential incentives.

He has partial ownership of a character in a 2018 feature film of a viral Pepsi advertisement campaign. Kyrie is also an investor in Beyond Meat Company.

  • Team: Brooklyn Nets
  • Accolades: 2014 World Cup Gold medal, 2016 Olympic Gold medal, 2016 NBA Championship
  • Salary: $31.7 M
  • Endorsements: $20M
  • Total earnings: $51.7 M

14. Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Giannis stands as the 9th highest-paid NBA players of all time. Antetokounmpo is eligible for a deal extension worth $248 million with the Milwaukee Bucks. If this deal is actualized, Giannis' will have the richest deal in NBA history, giving him the highest-paid NBA player contract of all time. Nike unveiled its first signature shoe dubbed Zoom Freak 1 in June for this player.

  • Team: Milwaukee Bucks
  • Accolades: 2019 NBA First Ream, four times NBA All-Star, 2019 NBA MVP
  • Salary: $25.8M
  • Endorsements: $20M
  • Total earnings: $45.8 M

15. Damian Lillard

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Damian extended his Portland Trail Blazers’ 4-year contract in July, which is valued at $196 million. The deal is set to kick in for the 2020-2022 season. He also has a shoe contract with Adidas Shoe Company, which is valued at around $10 million.

  • Team: Portland Trail Blazers
  • Accolades: 2 times NBA Second Team, 2018 NBA First Team, four times NBA All-Star
  • Salary: $29.8 M
  • Endorsements: $14 M
  • Total earnings: $43.8 M

One thing that comes as a surprise is that the majority of the highest-paid NBA players are keen businessmen and investors. This has mostly helped in increasing the players' total earnings. It is also worth noting that most of the players offer vast chunks of money to charitable works as well.

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