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NBAs Richest: A List Of The Highest-Paid NBA Stars

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  • NBAs Richest: A List Of The Highest-Paid NBA Stars
  • Lebron James, Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant Are Some Of The Biggest Earners In NBA History


The NBA Is One Of The Most Lucrative Sports Franchises In The World

Of all the professional sports in the world, NBA players are among the highest earners. Even though the NBA doesn’t generate as much revenue as the NFL and the MLB, its players have great paychecks.

While all players are high earners, some earn much more than others. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the net worth of some of the highest-earning NBA stars ever.

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1LeBron James Net Worth – $500 Million

“King James”, as he is aptly nicknamed, is considered by many to be one of the NBA’s greatest ever players. After playing in high school, James played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for seven years. He then joined Miami Heat before going back to Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Since 2018, he has played with Los Angeles Lakers. He is a 4x NBA champion, 17x NBA All-Star, and was also named Time Athlete of the Year in 2020. LeBron James’s salary is reported to be in the region of $41 million.

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2Stephen Curry Net Worth - $130 Million

Stephen Curry is worth a reported $130 million. As a point guard, he is widely considered to be one of the best of all time. Curry is a 7x NBA All-Star, 3x NBA champion, and twice-named NBA Most Valuable Player.

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He has played for the Golden State Warriors for his entire career, which began in 2009. Stephen Curry’s salary is reported to be around $45.7 million per year.

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3Kobe Bryant Net Worth - $600 Million

With a career spanning 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers until his retirement in 2016, Kobe Bryant was a 5x NBA champion, a 2x NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, and an 18x NBA All-Star.

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At the time of his retirement, he was reportedly earning $25 million per year.

Tragically, Bryant died in January 2020 in a helicopter crash. Eight other people perished in the crash, including Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

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4Patrick Ewing Net Worth – $75 Million

Jamaican-born Patrick Ewing came to the United States in 1975 at the age of twelve. After only a few years of playing in high school, he quickly became one of the best in his age group.

Ewing began playing for the New York Knicks in 1985 and stayed there until 2000.

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Then, after a year with Seattle SuperSonics and a year with Orlando Magic, he retired and began coaching. He continues coaching and reportedly earns $4 million a year.

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5Chris Paul Net Worth - $160 Million

With the nickname “CP3” after his initials and position, Chris Paul is a Phoenix Suns NBA player who has won NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, and two Olympic gold medals.

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Estimates suggest that Chris Paul’s annual salary is somewhere in the region of $44 million per year.

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6Allen Iverson Net Worth - $1 Million

Now retired from professional basketball, the former Philadephia 76ers player Allen Iverson had an impressive career. He was an 11x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA All-Star Game MVP and NBA Most Valuable Player and more besides.

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At the height of his career, Iverson earned $20.8m million. This was for the 2008-2009 season. Iverson has earned over $150million throughout his career but financial irresponsibility, which includes millions in gambling and jewellery debts, meant that his fortune has dwindled.

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7Kevin Durant Net Worth - $200 Million

Brooklyn Net’s player Kevin Durant, also known as KD, began his professional career playing for Seattle SuperSonics. After a year, he played for Oklahoma City Thunder, where he remained until 2016. After three years at Golden State Warriors, he joined Brooklyn Nets. He is a 2x NBA champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 11x NBA All-Star and the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player, among other accolades. KD’s salary is thought to be in the region of $39 million.

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8Steve Nash Net Worth - $110 Million

With 18 NBA seasons under his belt, Canadian Steve Nash is an 8x All-Star and 2x NBA Most Valuable Player. Nash was actually born in South Africa to British parents and so holds dual citizenship. Nash began his professional career with Phoenix Suns before heading to Dallas Mavericks, establishing himself as a point guard.

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He went back to Phoenix Suns after six years and remained there for eight years. For the last three years of his career as a player, he played for Los Angeles Lakers.

During his final season, his salary was $9.7 million.

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9James Harden Net Worth – $165 Million

As one of the NBA’s best shooting guards and scorers, James Harden has a net worth of $165 million. He began playing college basketball before being selected to play for Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009.

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After three years, Harden signed to Houston Rockets, where he stayed for nine seasons until 2021, when he went to Brooklyn Nets.

He has been named 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and is a 9x NBA All-Star and 6x All-NBA First Team. His salary at Brooklyn Nets is $44.3 million.

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10Scottie Pippen Net Worth - $20 Million

With 17 NBA seasons to his name, Scottie Pippen played an important part in NBA becoming popular worldwide. Pippen is one of the all-time best small forwards. In both 1992 and 1996, he won an Olympic gold medal and an NBA title, making him the first NBA player to do so.

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As a 6x NBA champion and 7x NBA All-Star, Pippen spent the vast majority of his career playing for the Chicago Bulls.

In terms of salary, Pippen’s highest was during the 2002/03 season when he played for Portland Trail Blazers and earned $19.7 million that year.

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11Ray Allen Net Worth - $100 Million

Ray Allen played NBA for 18 seasons. In September 2018, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was in the Connecticut Huskies during college and played for three seasons as a shooter.

In 1996, he joined Milwaukee Bucks, where he remained until 2003.

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After that, he spent a few seasons with Seattle SuperSonics, followed by Boston Celtics, before playing with Miami Heat for the final two years of his career.

At the high point of his career, during the 2009/10 season with Boston Celtics, Allen had a salary of $18.8 million.

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12Hakeem Olajuwon Net Worth - $300 Million

Hakeen Olajuwon, aka “The Dream”, is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Nigerian-born Olajuwon moved to the U.S. to play college basketball at the University of Houston. Throughout his 18-year career, he played 17 years for the Houston Rockets and spent his final year with the Toronto Raptors.

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He is a 2x NBA champion, 12x NBA All-Star, and was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 1994.

Olajuwon’s top-earning year was his final season at Houston Rockets, where he earned $16.7 million.

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13Dwight Howard Net Worth - $140 Million

The Los Angeles Lakers center/power forward Dwight Howard was the 2020 NBA champion. He is an 8x NBA All-Star and 5x All-NBA First Team.

Unlike a lot of NBA players in this list, Howard has switched teams a number of times, beginning with Orlando Magic for eight years, then playing for Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

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He is currently playing for Los Angeles Lakers for the third time in his career.

He is earning $2.6 million, but his highest-earning seasons were between 2016 and 2018, when he earned $23.5 million with Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets.

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14Tony Parker Net Worth - $85 Million

The French/American NBA player Tony Parker was destined for greatness as the son of a professional basketball player.

He played for Paris Basket Racing between 1999 and 2001, before moving to San Antonio Spurs, where he stayed for 17 seasons.

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He retired from professional basketball in 2019 after spending his final year at Charlotte Hornets.

He was 4x NBA champion, 6x NBA All-Star, and the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. His average salary for Spurs was $12.5 million.

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15Michael Jordan Net Worth - $2.2 Billion

Arguably the most famous and richest of all professional basketball players, Michael Jordan spent all but two seasons of his career with the Chicago Bulls.

After a three-year hiatus, he spent the final two years of his career with the Washington Wizards.

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Jordan is a 6x NBA champion, 6x NBA Finals MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, and 5x NBA Most Valuable Player.

He has many other accolades besides. Michael Jordan was the first NBA player ever to become a billionaire. He was also the first player to sign a contract over $20 million, a record that was his for fifteen years.

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16Shaquille O’Neil Net Worth - $400 Million

Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neil is a 4x NBA champion and is an impressive 7ft 1in tall.

He began playing professionally in 1992 for Orlando Magic.

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He also played for Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.

He is a 15x NBA All-Star and 8x All-NBA First Team. Shaq’s highest salary was during the 2004-05 season with Miami Heat when he earned $27.7 million.

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17Kevin Garnett Net Worth - $120 Million

The 15x NBA All-star Kevin Garnett has a career spanning 21 years. He began playing professionally with Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995, where he stayed until 2007.

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He then spent a few years with Boston Celtics, then Brooklyn Nets, before ending his career with a season at Minnesota Timberwolves again.

Garnett’s highest-earning season was in 2003-04, when he earned $28 million.

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18Yao Ming Net Worth - $160 Million

7 ft 6 in Yao Ming was the son of two Chinese professional basketball players.

He began his professional basketball career in 1997 when he played for the Shanghai Sharks.

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After five years, he gained attention in America and signed to the Houston Rockets.

He was an 8x NBA All-Star. Unlike many NBA players, Ming’s highest-earning year was his final season in 2010-11, when he earned $17.7 million. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire due to having a recurrent injury in his left foot.

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19Magic Johnson Net Worth - $600 Million

Ervin “Magic” Johnson began his 21-year career with Los Angeles Lakers in 1979, in which he played for 13 seasons in total.

Johnson had a few breaks in his career and played for Magic M7 Boras in Sweden and Magic Great Danes.

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He was a 5x NBA champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA Most Valuable Player, 12x NBA All-Star, and 9x All-NBA First Team.

Magic Johnson’s highest salary was $14.6 million in the 1994/5 season.

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20Dennis Rodman Net Worth - $500,000

Denis Rodman might have the lowest net worth on this list, but he’s certainly had a big NBA career.

He began his professional basketball career in 1986, playing for the Detroit Pistons.

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Then, he went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and Long Beach Jam.

From 2004, he went on to play outside of the NBA. He is a 5x NBA champion, 2x NBA All-Star, and 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Rodman earned a good salary during his career and had a $27 million salary at one point. However, he spent lavishly while he was in the NBA and had some money troubles after his retirement.

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The NBA Is One Of The Most Lucrative Sports In The World

The NBA is watched by millions of viewers worldwide making it one of the most lucrative sports professions in the world.

From eye watering player salaries to huge sports sponsorship deals, it's fair to say that for those talented individuals who are able to reach the top they will be, or at least should be, financially secure for life.

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