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The Players That Make Millions

We all know that basketball players make “BIG money,” but the exact amount will actually shock you. Most of these NBA players are on contracts that are considered to be the maximum-salary. The maximum salary, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are paid the whole amount at once. In fact, they usually receive a max in the first year, and then they get a series of identical annual salaries in subsequent years. Some players will also have some added incentives to their salaries, such as a percentage of the trade bonus amount, which is likely to increase their earnings. This, therefore, means that the amount we have capped as their yearly salary is not the exact amount. 

But it’s not easy being a great NBA player. The job means exercising regularly, ensuring you eat a balanced diet, and taking part in the frequent team practice sessions. Please Click Next below to find out just how much your favorite player makes in a year. 

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Victor Oladipo

 

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NBA team: Indiana Pacers

Salary: $21,000,000

Kehinde Babatunder Victor Adrian Oladipo is a professional NBA player who plays for the Indiana Pacers. He originally played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. In fact, in 2012 he was named the Men’s College Basketball Player of the year. In 2016 he signed an $84 million dollar contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was traded in 2017 to the Indiana Pacers.

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Danilo Gallinari

 

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NBA team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Salary: $22,615,559

Danilo Gallinari is an NBA player for the Oklahoma City Thunder team. After spending four years with his Native Italian team, he was drafted as a sixth overall player in the 2008 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. He played with the Knicks for 2 ½ seasons before being traded to the Denver Nuggets. He was then acquired by the Clippers. His nickname is Gallo and this is Italian for “Rooster.” He was traded by the clippers in 2019 to the Oklahoma City Thunder team.

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Serge Ibaka

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NBA team: The Toronto Raptors

Salary: $23,271,604

Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a Congolese born professional NBA player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors. He was originally drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s former incarnation – the Seattle Supersonics as the 24th overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft. He is a 3-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection and has led the league twice in blocks. In 2016, he was traded to the Orland Magic and in 2017 he was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Terrence Ross. Serge Ibaka has recently ventured into social media with his funny cooking show dubbed – “how hungry are you?” where he feeds his celebrity guests disgusting food such as ants and snakes. 

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Harrison Barnes

 

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NBA team: The Sacramento Kings

Salary: $24,147,727

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes is an NBA player for the Sacramento Kings. He originally played college basketball with the North Carolina Tar Heels and was first selected to play for the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft with the overall seventh pick. He won the NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015. He was then signed with the Dallas mavericks on a $94 million contract in 2016, before moving to the Sacramento Kings in 2019.

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Rudy Gobert

 

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NBA team: The Utah Jazz

Salary: $25,008,427 (plus incentives)

Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel is a French-born NBA player who plays for the Utah Jazz team. He also plays for the French National Basketball Team during their international competitions. He plays the center position and was the NBA Blocks Leader during the 2016-2017 season. In 2018 and 2019 he won the NBA Defensive Player of the year awards back-to-back, which made him one of only 10 players in the history of the NBA to have this honor. He signed a $102 million contract with the Utah Jazz team in 2016.

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Chandler Parsons

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NBA team: The Atlanta Hawks

Salary: $25,102,512

Chandler Parsons is a professional NBA player that was playing for the Atlanta Hawks. He originally played college basketball with the University of Florida and was first drafted by the Houston Rockets in 2011, and later on, drafted by the Dallas Mavericks on a $46 million contract. He then signed on with the Memphis Grizzles for the 2016 – 2019 season, and finally with the Atlanta Hawks in 2019.

Unfortunately, Chandler Parsons was hit by a drunk driver in January of 2020, which caused him to suffer a concussion and whiplash that were career-ending injuries. In February 2020, Parsons was waived by the Hawks.

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NBA team: The Charlotte Hornets

Salary: $25,565,217

Nicolas Batum is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. He was named the MVP player in 2006 for the under-18 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany. He originally played for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, before settling with the Charlotte Hornets, where he has been since 2015. His height and agility have made him one of the most skilled defensive players and NBA’s best executor of the Chase-down block

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Marc Gasol

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NBA team: The Toronto Raptors

Salary: $25,595,700

Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish Professional NBA player that currently plays for the Toronto Raptors. He was drafted 48th overall in 2007 by the Los Angeles Lakers. However, in 2008, his rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and he remained with the team until he moved to Toronto in 2019. He won his first NBA championship in 2019 with the team, and he is also a two-time All-NBA Team member, an NBA Champion, and a three-time NBA All-Star. He was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He clearly deserves how much he is paid by the team. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

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NBA team: The Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $25,842,697

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional NBA player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was born in Greece but to Nigerian parents and he started playing basketball from a young age with the Youth teams of Filathlitikos of Athens. He entered the NBA draft in 2013 and was selected as the 15th overall pick by the Bucks. His combination of size, nationality, and ball-handling skills earned him the nickname “Greek Freak.”

In 2016, he signed a $100 million contract with the Bucks and has received 4 All-Star selections so far, including the All-star captain in 2019 and 2020. He was also the NBA MVP player in 2019 and was the favorite to win in 2020.

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Steven Adams

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NBA team: The Oklahoma City Thunder

Salary: $25,842,697 (7.5% trade kicker)

Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand Professional NBA player currently with the Oklahoma City Thunder team. He played with his hometown team the Wellington Saints for only one season for which he was not paid. However, he went on to lead his team to win the championship, and was selected as the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder team.

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LaMarcus Aldridge

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NBA team: The San Antonio Spurs

Salary: $26,000,000 (15% trade kicker)

LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge is an American NBA player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs. He originally played college basketball for two seasons for the Texas Longhorns, and was selected as the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. He was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2015, he signed an $80 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, after he was acquired and he was assigned a number 12 jersey. He has so far been selected 5 times for the All-NBA team and is a 7-time NBA All-Star member. He is known widely for his signature fadeaway jump shot.

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Jrue Holiday

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NBA team: The New Orleans Pelicans

Salary: $26,231,111 (plus incentives)

Jrue Randall Holiday is an American NBA player for the New Orleans Pelicans. He originally played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins before he was drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round draft in 2009 as the 17th overall pick. He played with the Philadelphia 76ers for 4 seasons and in that time he was named the NBA All-Star during the fourth season before he was traded to the pelicans in 2013. He is also a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. His current contract is worth $126 million. 

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Hassan Whiteside

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NBA team: The Portland Trail Blazers

Salary: $27,093,018

Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American NBA player currently with the Portland Trail Blazers team. He originally played college basketball for the Marshal Thundering Herd before he was selected in the second round to play for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA draft of 2010. In 2016, however, he signed on with the Miami Heat for $98 million and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2019.

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Anthony Davis

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NBA team: The Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $27,093,018

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. is an American NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers. He plays in the power forward as well as the center position. He was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft in 2012, and has 7 NBA-All stars. Plus, he was named 3 times in the All-NBA First Teams and 3 times in the NBA All-Defensive Teams.

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Bradley Beal

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NBA team: The Washington Wizards

Salary: $27,093,018

Bradley Emmanuel Beal is an American NBA player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards. He originally played college basketball for the Florida Gators before he was picked for the Wizards as a third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. In 2019, he extended his contract which was worth $72 million with the Wizards.

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Andre Drummond

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NBA team: The Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: $27,093,018

Andre Jamal Drummond is an American Professional NBA player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons with as the 9th overall pick. His contract with the Pistons was worth $130 million. In 2020, he was traded to the Cleveland cavaliers. Drummond is a 2 time NBA All-star and has led the league in rebounding 4 different times. 

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Otto Porter

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NBA team: The Chicago Bulls

Salary: $27,250,576

Otto Porter Jr. is an American Professional NBA player currently with the Chicago Bulls. He originally played college basketball for Georgetown Hoyas and was a third overall pick in 2013 during the NBA draft. He started with the Washington Wizards and was considered as one of the top college basketball players before he entered the NBA. 

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Karl-Anthony Towns

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NBA team: The Minnesota Timberwolves

Salary: $27,285,000

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In college, he played for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named to the Dominican Republican National team at the age of 16 years old. In 2015, he was the first overall pick for the NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves and went on to be named as the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2015-2016 season. He has also received 2 All-star selections so far. 

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D’Angelo Russell

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NBA team: The Minnesota Timberwolves

Salary: $27,285,000

D’Angelo Danté Russell is an American NBA professional basketball player who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was originally selected for the McDonald’s All-American team in 2014 and played for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college. Russel was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft for the Los Angeles Lakers. He played point guard and was chosen for the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2015. Later on, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2017 and later joined the Timberwolves in 2020.

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Kristaps Porziņģis

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NBA team: The Dallas Mavericks

Salary: $27,285,000

Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian born Professional NBA player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He is one of the tallest players in the NBA and stands at 7 ft. 3 Inches. He plays both the center and power forward positions. He started his career in 2011 with the Euro League and rose through the youth ranks to become a figurehead of the senior team by 2013. He was selected fourth overall by the New York Knicks during his NBA Draft. 

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Devin Booker

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NBA team: The Phoenix Suns

Salary: $27,285,000

Devin Armani Booker is an American NBA player who plays for the Phoenix Suns. He played for the Moss Point High School basketball team in Moss Point, Mississippi, and he spent one season at the University of Kentucky college basketball team. He was the 13th overall pick during the 2015 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. In 2019, he managed to become the youngest ever player to have consecutive 50-point games. 

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Andrew Wiggins

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NBA team: The Golden State Warriors

Salary: $27,504,630

Andrew Christian Wiggins is a Canadian National Professional NBA player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors. He previously played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks before getting drafted as the first overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft. He started with the Cleveland Cavaliers which made him the second Canadian to be taken in the first overall draft. He was however traded in his first season and earned the rookie of the year award with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

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Nikola Jokić

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NBA team: The Denver Nuggets

Salary: $27,504,630

Nikola Jokić is a Serbian Professional NBA player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. He also represents the Serbian National team internationally and stands at 7 ft. tall. He plays in the center position. He was nicknamed “The Joker,” and was selected in the 41st overall pick in the second round by the Denver Nuggets during the 2014 NBA Draft. 

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Joel Embiid

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NBA team: The Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $27,504,630

Joel Hans Embiid is from Cameroon and he is a professional NBA player with the Philadelphia 76ers. He played college basketball for just one year with the Kansas Jayhawks and became the third overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft. 

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CJ McCollum

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NBA team: The Portland Trail Blazers

Salary: $27, 556,959

Christian James McCollum is an American professional NBA basketball player who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in the 2015-2016 season. He played college basketball for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and was selected in the tenth overall pick in the 2013 draft of the NBA. 

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NBA team: The San Antonio Spurs

Salary: $27,739,975

DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs. He originally played college basketball with the USC Trojans and was selected in the ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors for a deal that was worth $139 million. After nine seasons with the Raptors, he was traded to the Spurs in 2018.

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Nikola Vučević

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NBA team: The Orlando Magic

Salary: $28,000,000

Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional who plays for the Orlando Magic NBA team. He previously played college basketball at the University of Southern California before being drafted 16th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft with the Philadelphia 76ers. He received his first-ever All-star selection in 2019.

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Al Horford

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NBA team: The Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $28,000,000

Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican NBA player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. He previously played for the University of Florida while in college. He was also the starting center for the Gators teams that won the back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2006 and 2007. He was in the third overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft for the Atlanta Hawks, where he played for nine seasons before joining the Celtics. He also plays for the Dominican National basketball team

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Kevin Love

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NBA team: The Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: $28,942,830

Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional NBA player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is also a 5-time All-Star and won the NBA Championships in 2016 with the Cavaliers. Also, he was a member of the gold medal-winning US team in the 2010 FIBA Championship. Kevin love is the son of Stan Love, who is a former NBA player. He was the top-ranked prospect out of the Lake Oswego High school in Oregon. In college, he played for the UCLA Bruins and led its team to four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. 

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Damian Lillard

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NBA team: The Portland Trail Blazers

Salary: $29,802,321

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. is a professional NBA player for the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played college basketball with the Weber State Wildcats and this earned him a place on the third team during the All-American honors of 2012. He was voted the NBA Rookie of the Year during that year as well. Since then, he has received five NBA All-star selections and has become one of two players for the Trail Blazers history to become a five-time All-Star.

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Paul Millsap

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NBA team: The Denver Nuggets

Salary: $30,350,000 (plus incentives)

Paul Millsap is an NBA player currently playing for the Denver Nuggets. He plays in the power forward position and was also part of the Louisiana Tech University team. He was selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2006 NBA draft. He was also named as part of the NBA All-Rookie second team. He is also a four-time NBA All-Star.

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Khris Middleton

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NBA team: The Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $30,603,448

James Khristian Middleton plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, and he attended Porter-Gaud School where he was coached by John Pearson. While in school, he was named the South Carolina Player of the year and was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee. He went on to play at Texas A&M University, where he started most of the games while in his freshman year. While in his sophomore year, he earned the second All-Big 12 honors after he led the Aggies in scoring a 14:3 point game. He was then selected by the Detroit Pistons as the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. 

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Kyrie Irving

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NBA team: The Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $31,742,000 (plus incentives; 15% trade kicker)

Kyrie Andrew Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and he started off with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a six-time All-Star and two-time member of the All-NBA Team. He won the Rookie of the Year in his year class as well. Currently, he is with the Brooklyn Nets, for a deal that is able to pay him the huge salary shown above. In college, he played for Duke Blue Devils. He won the MVP award in 2014. Iin 2016, he made the championship-winning three-point shot that completed the Cavaliers historical comeback over the Golden State Warriors.

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Mike Conley

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NBA team: The Utah Jazz

Salary: $32,511,624

Michael Alex Conley Jr. was drafted as the fourth overall pick during the 2007 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and spent 12 seasons with them before being traded to the Utah Jazz in 2019. He is currently the team’s all-time leading scorer which more than justifies his high paycheck. 

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Gordon Hayward

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NBA team: The Bolton Celtics

Salary: $32,700,690 (15% trade kicker)

Gordon Daniel Hayward plays for the Bolton Celtics. He, however, started his NBA career with the Utah Jazz after he was selected in the ninth overall pick during the 2010 NBA Draft. He played for nine seasons with Utah before signing on to Boston in 2017. In the same year, he was selected for the NBA All-Star for the first time.

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Kemba Walker

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NBA team: The Bolton Celtics

Salary: $32,742,000

Kemba Hudley Walker currently plays basketball for the Bolton Celtics. However, he started off with the Charlotte Bobcats when he was selected as the ninth overall during the 2011 NBA Draft, for a deal that was worth $48 million. In 2019, however, he signed a deal worth $141 million to be traded off to the Bolton Celtics. Previously, he had played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies. He was the second-leading scorer in the nation while playing in college.

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Klay Thompson

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NBA team: The Golden State Warriors

Salary: $32,742,000

Klay Alexander Thompson is well paid by the Golden State Warriors because he knows how to bring on the heat on the court. He is credited as one of the best shooters in NBA history and he is a three-time NBA Champion with the Warriors. He is also a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree and a five-time NBA All-Star. He has also been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. 

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Kawhi Leonard

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NBA team: The Los Angeles Clippers

Salary: $32,742,000

Kawhi Anthony Leonard might be a mysterious guy, but one thing is for sure, he knows how to play the game. He is currently with the Los Angeles Clippers, but before that, he led the Raptors to their first NBA Championship in history. He previously played two seasons in college and then left college basketball to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 15th overall pick and joined the San Antonio Spurs on draft night, before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2018. Leonard is a four-time NBA Champion and has two ALL-NBA First team selections. 

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Tobias Harris

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NBA team: The Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $32,742,000

Tobias John Harris plays professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers, and he is certainly one player to follow after getting a $180 million 5-year contract in 2019. This is despite all of the playoff struggles that the 76ers have been having. It goes to show that he is still one of the most valued players on the team.

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Jimmy Butler

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NBA team: The Miami Heat

Salary: $32,742,000

Jimmy Butler III plays in the NBA with the Miami Heat. However, he started his NBA career in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls when he was drafted as the 30th overall pick during the NBA Draft of that year. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA Team honoree, a four-time NBA ALL-Defensive Team Honoree, and was also named as the NBA Most Improved Player in 2015. 

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Paul George

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NBA team: The Los Angeles Clippers

Salary: $33,005,556

Paul Clifton Anthony George certainly pockets a huge paycheck, but this one is not just your average player. He started off in high school where he played off the Knight High School, before moving on for two seasons at Fresno state college. He was then selected as the 10th overall pick during the 2010 NBA Draft and earned the Rookie of the year status in the same year. He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a five-time All-NBA Team Selection, as well as a four-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team. 

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Blake Griffin

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NBA team: The Detroit Pistons

Salary: $34,449,964

Blake Austin Griffin plays for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and has been playing basketball for a long time. While in college at the Oklahoma Sooners, he was named the Consensus National Player of the Year, before being selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2009 NBA Draft. He has since been a six-time NBA All-star, and a five-time All-NBA Selection. He won four high school state titles under his father as the head coach. He certainly is a gem in the world of basketball.

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Kyle Lowry

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NBA team: The Toronto Raptors

Salary: $34,996,296 (plus incentives)

Kyle Terrell Lowry is a six-time NBA All-Star and was also named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2016. He won the NBA Championships in 2019 with the Raptors and was a member of the US National Team that won gold in the 2016 summer Olympics. Lowry helped the Raptors reach the playoffs during his second season with them. By the look of his huge paycheck, they value his contribution to the team. 

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LeBron James

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NBA team: The Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $37,436,858 (15% trade kicker)

LeBron Raymone James Sr. is simply “The King.” A lot can be said about him, but it is his command on the court that has caused him to become world-famous. He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA. There have been discussions on ranking him as the greatest player of all time, with comparisons only to Michael Jordan. His accomplishments include; three NBA Championships, three Finals MVP Awards, four NBA Most Valued Player Awards, and two Olympic Gold Medals. Are they even paying him enough?

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John Wall

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NBA team: Washington Wizards

Salary: $38,199,000

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr.’s life did not start off easy. During his teen years, he was arrested for breaking and entering. However, he managed to turn it around with basketball and now plays for the Washington Wizards. He has achieved plenty within the NBA, and he is even a five-time NBA All-Star. He was also named to the first All-NBA Team in 2017.

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James Harden

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NBA team: The Houston Rockets

Salary: $38,199,000

James Edward Harden Jr. is mostly recognized by his huge beard, but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the best NBA players of all time. He is currently with the Houston Rockets and previously played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils. In 2009, he was named the Pac-10 and All-American Player of the Year and was selected as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. We can talk and talk and talk about James Harden, but what you need to know is that this man has been named by the NBA as the most prolific scorer, and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA. 

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Kevin Durant

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NBA team: The Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $38,199,000

Kevin Wayne Durant is a seasoned NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets. He is world-renowned and was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics back in 2007 during the NBA Draft. He played for nine seasons with the franchise that later on became the Oklahoma City Thunder. He then moved on to the Golden State Warriors in 2016 for a $54 million contract. He joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. He has many professional awards such as the NBA Most Valued Player, the NBA All-Star Game, and four NBA Scoring titles among others. 

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Russell Westbrook

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NBA team: The Houston Rockets

Salary: $38,506,482

Russell Westbrook III plays for the Houston Rockets and he is a nine-time NBA All-Star. He won the NBA Most Valued Player Award during the 2016 – 2017 season and led his team in scores for two seasons. In the year that Westbrook won the League’s MVP, he became one of two players in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double for a season together with Oscar Robertson. He has set a record with this achievement. 

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Chris Paul

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NBA team: The Oklahoma City Thunder

Salary: $38,506,482

Christopher Emmanuel Paul has accomplished plenty of accolades with the NBA. Currently, he plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder team. He won the Rookie of the Year Award during his rookie year, an NBA All-Star MVP Award, two Olympic Gold Medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals six different times. He was also selected for 10 NBA All-Star teams, nine NBA All-Defensive Teams, and eight All-NBA teams. His current deal clearly showcases his worth as a player. 

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Steph Curry

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NBA team: The Golden State Warriors

Salary: $40,231,758

It’s possible to write a whole book about Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II because he is that good. He currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, and many player analysts have called him the greatest shooter in the History of the NBA. He is credited as having revolutionized the basketball game by inspiring teams to regularly utilize their three-point shots. He is a six-time NBA All-Star and has been named the NBA Most Valued Player – MVP twice. He won three NBA Championships with the Warriors. His current five-year contract is worth $201 million. That is one of the biggest deals in the NBA right now. 

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