The National Basketball Association is the premier professional basketball championship league in North America, as well as the world’s premier basketball league.
In terms of average annual salary, NBA players are the highest paid athletes in the world. Find out how much the league’s top players earn in this post.
According to ESPN, LeBron James’ salary while playing for the Lakers during the previous NBA season was around $39 million.
However, LeBron, widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, earns nearly double that amount counting solely his sponsorships and advertising deals, totaling more than $90 million in annual earnings.
Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry, one of the greatest shooters of NBA’s history, has an annual salary of more than 43 million dollars, which has granted him the title of player with the highest annual salary within the league for many seasons in a row now.
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KD is regarded as one of the best active players in the NBA and is currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets, having previously played for the Golden State Warriors between the 2016 and 2019 seasons.
According to ESPN data, Durant’s salary with the Brooklyn Nets this season has amounted to US$40,108,950.
James Harden is a shooting/point guard player currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets, having previously played for the Houston Rockets for many seasons. Harden is considered one of the NBA’s all-time best point guards.
Having 14 years of career in basketball, Harden has been ranked fourth on the top salaries list for the 2020-2021 season and earned slightly more than $41.2 million during the season.
AD is an eight-time NBA All-Star who has been the Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward and center since 2019. He is the first player in NBA and NCAA history to win both titles, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal with the US national team and a FIBA World Cup.
Davis’ salary with the Lakers last season was of around US$ 32,7 million.
Damian Lillard is a point guard player who has been a standout for the Portland Trail Blazers over the last season. He has won the NBA All-Star Game six times, making him one of only two players in the franchise history to do so more than five times.
Lillard’s salary was around $31.6 million last season, and his contract is expected to push him into the $50 million range in the coming years.
Nigerian-Greek power forward player Giannis Antetokounmpo had a masterful performance especially during last season while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is one of the only players in NBA’s history to win two MVP awards before reaching the age of 26.
This season, Antetokounmpo’s salary while playing for Milwaukee reached a high of $27,528,090.
Kawhi plays as the small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. He has been named an NBA All-Star five times, including three times as a member of the All-NBA First Team.
Leonard earned slightly more than $34 million while playing for the Clippers last season.