Though being an NBA player seems to be the perfect career, the many benefits of the job do come with an incredible amount of hard work. Spending hours traveling and being away from home for days at a time, the daily grind of the NBA life should not go unnoticed. While the giant salaries for great players seems a little excessive at times, the money being made is definitely, but not always, as you will soon see, earned.
NBA franchises spend millions of dollars on player salaries. Ranging from the minimum of $507,336 to over $30 million, we have seen it all in the NBA. In the 2016 NBA season, many players were definitely overpaid for their play on the court. On the other hand, many players deserved the money they made, possibly even deserving more, based on all the contributions they've made on the court.
Many different factors can come into play while looking at a player's deserving salary. Maybe a player took a pay cut to join a more talented team, or maybe a younger player burst onto the scene faster than his salary could rise, ultimately making him a very worthy player. However, many so-called superstars in the league are being paid way too much, as the millions of dollars being thrown their way is just not justifiable based on what they brought to the team.
In this article, we will be looking at the top NBA salaries, who deserves their pay and who doesn't. Choosing 15 of some of the top salaries in the NBA, we will be determining eight NBA players who deserve their pay cut, and seven players who do not.
As always, feel free to leave any comments below about your thoughts or any other players you think would fit the list.
15 Does: Kevin Durant - $20,158,622
14 Doesn't: Derrick Rose - $20,093,064
13 Does: Chris Paul - $21,468,695
12 Doesn't: Carmelo Anthony - $22,875,000
11 Does: Kawhi Leonard - $16,407,500
10 Doesn't: Enes Kanter - $16,407,500
9 Does: Russell Westbrook - $16,744,218
8 Doesn't: Dwight Howard - $22,359,364
7 Does: Stephen Curry - $11,370,786
6 Doesn't: Chris Bosh - $22,192,730
5 Does: Kyle Lowry - $12,000,000
4 Doesn't: Joakim Noah - $13,400,000
3 Does: DeMarcus Cousins - $15,851,950
2 Doesn't: Kobe Bryant - $25,000,000
1 Does: LeBron James - $22,970,500
I don't even really have to justify my decision with this one. LeBron could still get signed to a team even if he asked for $50 million. However, LeBron is more about winning than he is about the money, which is lucky for the Cavaliers, allowing them to keep other great players such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. LeBron has plenty of money from work outside of the NBA, so his salary will always be digestible. He has been the best in the world after all.
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