Stephen Curry has made all kinds of history during this 2015-16 NBA season. He led the Golden State Warriors to an all-time regular season record of 73-9, which broke the Chicago Bulls' previous mark of 72-10 in 1995-96. He made an unbelievable 402 three-pointers this year, which obliterated the old record of 286, which Curry himself set just a season ago. It's crazy to think that after just seven seasons, he's already cracked the top 20 on the career list. He also became the first man ever to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player (his second straight) award in unanimous fashion.
He led the league in scoring this season with 30.1 points per game and also led the league in steals with 2.14 per contest. Like it or not, Steph Curry has become the face of the NBA and as he prepares for his second straight trip to the NBA Finals, it's become quite clear that he may also be the best bargain in the NBA.
Prior to the 2013-14 season, Curry signed a four-year, $44 million contract, making $11,370,786 in base salary this season. While of course that's a ton of cash, it's nowhere near the top spot in the league, which belonged to Kobe Bryant this year at $25 million. One of Curry's opponents in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, was in the second spot at nearly $23 million. There are a lot of big names that you might expect to be near the top of the list, such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, but I'm betting you'd be shocked to hear that 60 players in total made more money than Curry did this season and four of those are actually on his own team. Here are the 12 that will shock you.
12 Amir Johnson - $12 million
11 Nikola Pekovic - $12.1 million
10 Robin Lopez - $12.65 million
9 Ricky Rubio - $12.7 million
8 Nene - $13 million
7 Al Jefferson - $13.5 million
6 Andrew Bogut - $13.8 million
5 Chandler Parsons - $15.38 million
4 Eric Gordon: $15.51 million
3 Roy Hibbert: 15.59 million
2 Enes Kanter: $16.4 million
1 Brook Lopez: $19.69 million
Even crazier is the number one entry on this list, Brook Lopez. While I certainly don't want to diminish Lopez's productivity this season after he averaged 20.6 points per game, but does anyone see Brook Lopez as a top 10 NBA player? Because that's what his salary would suggest. Yes, Brook Lopez is tied for tenth on the NBA salary list, ahead of guys like Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Paul George, MVP runner-up Kawhi Leonard and of course the MVP himself, Steph Curry.
This list just goes to show you how valuable Curry is. When it's time for Curry's next contract, you'd better believe he's earned the maximum pay raise possible. The Warriors will eventually have to pay up.
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