A player in the NBA is guaranteed to make a lot of money. The average NBA player makes $1 million or more. There are players who barely play or play in limited amounts who still make good money (more than $500,000). That is still a pretty significant amount of money compared to other middle class jobs in North America. NBA rookies who were drafted can make more than $2 million during their rookie contracts. If the NBA rookies play well and improve, their team will offer more money. If a player hires a good agent with great negotiating skills, they can land a big contract which wouldn't be possible otherwise or even offered on any other team. NBA stars who are All-Stars can make $10-19 million in their prime. Those players that become NBA superstars can make more than $20 million depending on their contract.
Among all the players, there are several players who make considerably more money than their teammates. This includes rookies, 6th men, bench players, etc. There are 2-3 players who make more money than those players. These players include the starters, All-Stars, etc... This leads to the highest paid player which is in most cases, the team’s best player or one of the best players in the league. These players are superstars or MVP candidates (at least they should be)...
Every NBA team has a player whose salary makes other players' salaries look like chump change. To show each team's highest paid player, a list was made of all 30 NBA teams with a brief description of the player and their contract details.
30 Al Horford - Atlanta Hawks
29 Gerald Wallace - Boston Celtics
28 Joe Johnson - Brooklyn Nets
27 Al Jefferson - Charlotte Hornets
26 Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
25 Lebron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
24 Chandler Parsons - Dallas Mavericks
23 Ty Lawson - Denver Nuggets
22 Brandon Jennings - Detroit Pistons
21 David Lee - Golden State Warriors
20 Dwight Howard - Houston Rockets
19 Paul George - Indiana Pacers
18 Chris Paul - Los Angeles Clippers
17 Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
16 Zach Randolph - Memphis Grizzlies
15 Chris Bosh - Miami Heat
14 Larry Sanders - Milwaukee Bucks
13 Nikola Pekovic - Minnesota Timberwolves
12 Eric Gordon - New Orlean Pelicans
11 Amar'e Stoudemire - New York Knicks
10 Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder
9 Channing Frye - Orlando Magic
8 Jason Richardson - Philadelphia 76ers
7 Eric Bledsoe - Phoenix Suns
6 LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland Trail Blazers
5 Rudy Gay - Sacramento Kings
4 Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs
3 Kyle Lowry - Toronto Raptors
2 Gordon Hayward - Utah Jazz
1 John Wall - Washington Wizards
John Wall is one of the top point guards in the league and the best player on the Wizards. He is also the highest paid player. He will make $14.7 million this season. In 2014, the Wizards resigned John Wall to a 5-year, $84.7 million contract. Washington has emerged as a possible championship contender in the Eastern Conference, and Wall would have to be a huge part if they are to go deep into the postseason.
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