20 Highest Salary of NBA Players

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The NBA players are considered some of the most marketable athletes in the sports world. Today, we will discuss the top 20 highest-paid NBA players. 

NBA players are some of the world’s highest-paid athletes. After Michael Jordan came out as a global icon, the NBA became famous worldwide.

The 2022–23 NBA started on October 18, 2022, and will end on April 9, 2023. Many players have had a very lucrative salary deal this season. 

Stephen Curry Primary
Stephen Curry (Source: Sir Charles In Charge)

In this article, we have focused solely on athlete’s salary for the 2022-23 season to rank them. However, in addition to their salary, the NBA players have many endorsements deals with various top brands.

Now, without further ado, let’s go through the list.

Quick Overview

Following is a list of athletes and their salaries in descending order!

Player’s Name Salary
20. Pascal Siakam $35,448,672
19. Kyrie Irving $36,934,550
18. Trae Young  $37,095,000
17. Luka Doncic $37,095,000
16. Zach LaVine $37,096,500
15. Tobias Harris $37,633,050
14. Jimmy Butler $37,653,300
13. Khris Middleton $37,948,276
12. Anthony Davis $37,980,720
11. Rudy Gobert $38,172,414
10. Klay Thompson $40,600,080
9. Paul George $42,492,492
8. Kawhi Leonard $42,492,492
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo $42,492,492
6. Damian Lillard $42,492,492
5. Bradley Beal $43,279,250
4. Kevin Durant $44,119,845
3. LeBron James $44,474,988
2. Russell Westbrook $47,063,478
1. Stephen Curry $48,070,014

Highest Salary of NBA Players

We have prepared our list with the help of ESPN‘s ranking. 

20. Pascal Siakam

Number 20 is the power forward of the Toronto Raptors, Pascal Siakam, whose salary for the 2022-23 season is $35,448,672.

The 28 year-old Cameroonian professional player was drafted by the Raptors in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Pascal Siakam for Raptors
Pascal Siakam for Raptors (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Nicknamed “Spicy P,” he has been awarded the NBA champion, NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, and NBA Most Improved Player.

19. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is a 30 year-old professional point guard for the Brooklyn Nets with a salary of $36,934,550. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the first round as the first overall during the 2011 NBA draft.

Since his NBA debut with the Cavaliers, he had also played with Boston Celtics before the Nets signed him in 2019 in free agency.

Kyrie-Irving
Kyrie Irving (Source: Twitter)

Irving’s notable wins include being the NBA champion, seven times NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA Second Team, and 50-4-90 club, among others.

18. Trae Young

In number 18 of the 20 players with the highest salary in the NBA, we have Trae Young. He is a 24 year-old point guard for the Atlanta Hawks with a salary of $37,095,000.

The Dallas Mavericks selected him in the first round as the 18th overall of the 2018 NBA draft. However, the Mavericks traded Young to the Hawks, with whom he made his NBA debut.

Trae Young
Trae Young (Source: Soaring Down South)

Nicknamed “Ice Trae,” he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, All-NBA Third Team, and two times NBA All-Star.

17. Luka Doncic

Next tied with Trae Young is the 23 year-old Slovenian point guard of the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic. The Atlanta Hawks drafted him in the first round as the third overall of the 2018 NBA draft.

Before the draft, Doncic made his professional debut with the Spanish professional basketball team Real Madrid Baloncesto. After the draft, the Hawks traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, and he made his NBA debut in 2018.

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic (Source: Mavs Moneyball)

Doncic’s highlight wins include NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team, three times All-NBA First Team, and three times NBA All-Star.

16. Zach LaVine

We have 27 year-old Zach LaVine with a salary of $37,096,500 as our number 16. He plays as the shooting guard or small forward for the Chicago Bulls.

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked him as 13th overall in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft. In 2017, the Timberwolves traded LaVine to the Bulls.

Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine (Source: Sports Illustrated)

LaVine has been named NBA Slam Contest champion twice, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, and two times NBA All-Star since his debut in the league.

15. Tobias Harris

The 15th NBA player with the highest salary in the league is 30 year-old Tobias Harris, who is being paid $37,633,050 for the 2022-23 season.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ power forward was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets) during the first round of the 2011 NBA draft. The Bobcats immediately traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris (Source: Instagram)

Since his debut, Harris has played for the Orland Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Clippers. 

14. Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler is the 14th NBA player with the highest salary in the NBA, a whopping sum of $37,653,300. The is 33 year-old plays in the small forward position for the Miami Heat.

Nicknamed “Jimmy Buckets,” the Chicago Bulls drafted him in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft as the 30th overall. Since his NBA debut, Butler has also signed with Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers before signing with the Heat.

jimmy-butler
Jimmy Butler (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Some of his highlight wins include NBA steals Leader, five times NBA All-Defensive Second Team, four times All-NBA Third Team, and six times NBA All-Star.

13. Khris Middleton

Number 13 on our list of the 20 highest salary of the NBA players is 31 year-old Khris Middleton, with a salary of $37,948,276. He plays as the small forward or shooting guard of the Milwaukee Bucks.

khris-middleton
Khris Middleton (Source: CDN. vox)

The Detroit Pistons selected Middleton in the second round as the 39th overall during the 2012 NBA draft. He debuted with the Pistons, who traded him to the Bucks in 2013.

Middleton was named NBA All-Star in 2019, 2020, and 2022 and NBA champion in 2021.

12. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is a 29 year-old professional player who plays the position of the power forward and center for the Los Angeles Lakers. His 2022-23 season salary is $37,980,720.

The New Orleans Hornets selected him as the first overall pick in the first round during the 2012 NBA draft. The Hornets traded him to the Lakers in 2019.

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis (Source: SBNation.com)

Davis is the youngest player to score at least 59 points in an NBA game. Similarly, some of his league highlights wins include being NBA champion, NBA 75th Anniversary Team, eighth times NBA All-Star, and NBA All-Star Game MVP, among others.

11. Rudy Gobert

The 11th player with the highest salary in NBA is Rudy Gobert, whose 2022-23 season salary is $38,172,414. The 30 year-old French professional player is the center for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Before his NBA debut, Gobert played professionally for the French League franchise Cholet Basket. The Denver Nuggets drafted him in the first round as the 27th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert (Source: Instagram)

The Nuggets traded him to the Utah Jazz soon after the draft. The Jazz traded Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 6, 2022.

Some of his wins include being the NBA rebounding Leader, NBA blocks Leader, three times NBA Defensive Player of the Year, etc.

10. Klay Thompson

We are down to the top 10 NBA players with the highest salary. On Number 10, we have the shooting guard of the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, earning $40,600,080 in the 2022-23 season.

The 32 year-old was selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft as 11th overall.

Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson (Source: Bleacher Report)

Some of Thompson’s highlight wins in the league are NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA champion four times, NBA All-Star five times, All-NBA Third Team twice, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, and NBA Three-Point Contest champion.

9. Paul George

Number 9, we have 32 year-old Paul George, who shares the same salary of $42,492,492 with three other players. Nicknamed “PG-13,” he is the small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Indian Pacers drafted George in the first round as the 10th overall of the 2010 NBA draft. The Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017, who also traded George to the Clippers in 2019.

Paul George
Paul George (Source: Clips Nation)

Some of his notable wins are NBA steals Leader, NBA All-Defensive First Team twice, All-NBA First Team, and seven times NBA All-Star, among others.

8. Kawhi Leonard

Sharing the spot with Paul George and two other players is Kawhi Leonard. The 31 year-old small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers is in our number 8 with a salary of $42,492,492. 

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard (Source: Marca)

The Indiana Pacers selected Leonard in the first round of the 2011 draft as the 15th overall pick. Since then, he made his NBA debut with the San Antonio Spurs and played for the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard’s notable wins in the league are NBA All-Star Game, two-time NBA Finals MVP, five times NBA All-Star, two times NBA champion, NBA steals Leader, and NBA 75th Anniversary Team, among others.

7. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the third player with a salary of $42,492,492 in the NBA. The 28 year-old Greek-Nigerian plays in the position of the power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Nicknamed “Greek Freak,” the Bucks selected him in the first round as the 15th overall of the 2013 NBA draft. Before his NBA draft, he played professionally for the Greecian basketball team, Filathlitikos.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Source: The New York Times)

Antetokounmpo’s impressive achievements include NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP, six times NBA All-Star, two times NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, NBA champion, etc.

6. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard is the fourth player sharing the same salary of $42,492,492. He is a point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers and on number 6 of our list for the 20 highest salary of the NBA players.

Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard (Source: Wikipedia)

The 32 year-old was selected by the Trailblazers as the sixth overall in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Lillard is nicknamed “Dame Time” for making big shots in the clutch. Some of his highlight wins in NBA include NBA 75th Anniversary Team, NBA Teammate of the Year, All-NBA Third Team, All-NBA First Team, etc.

5. Bradley Beal

We have the shooting guard for the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal, on number 5 of our list of the 20 NBA players with the highest salaries. His 2022/2023 salary is $43,279,250.

The Wizards drafted 29 year-old Beal back in the 2012 NBA draft’s first round as the third overall.

Bradley Beal (Source: bulletsforever.com)
Bradley Beal (Source: bulletsforever.com)

Beal’s highlight career wins include NBA All-Rookie First Team, All-NBA Third Team, and three times NBA All-Star. 

4. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is the fourth player with the highest salary in the NBA at $44,119,845. The 34 year-old plays as the small forward and power forward for the Brooklyn Nets.

The Seattle SuperSonics selected Durant in the first round of the 2007 draft as the second overall. Since then, he has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Thunder.

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant (Source: New York Post)

Durant signed with the Nets on June 30, 2019. Regarded as one of the greatest players and scorers in the league, he has gathered many accolades. 

He was selected for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team and 50-40-90 club. 

3. LeBron James

Number 3 on our list of the 20 highest salary of NBA players is LeBron James. The 38 year-old small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers is earning $44,474,988 this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected James in the first round as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. Since his debut, he has also played for the Miami Heat.

King James For Lakers
King James (Source: The Justice)

James’s career highlights and wins include NBA champion four times, NBA Finals MVP four times, NBA Most Valuable Player four times, NBA scoring champion, NBA 75th Anniversary Team, and many more.

2. Russell Westbrook

The player with the second-highest salary of $47,063,478 in the NBA is Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook. The Seattle SuperSonics selected him as the fourth overall in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook (Source: Wikipedia)

The 24 year-old made his NBA debut with Oklahoma City Thunder. Since then, he has played for the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.

The Wizards traded Westbrook to the Lakers in 2021. He was among the players selected for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team and has won the NBA assists Leader thrice, NBA scoring champion twice, NBA All-Star nine times, and NBA MVP, etc.

1. Stephen Curry

The highest salary of the NBA player is of the point guard of Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry. He is considered one of the greatest players and shooters in the history of the NBA, and his salary is $48,070,014 this 2022-23 season.

The Warriors picked Curry as the seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft. He inspires teams and fellow NBA players to take more three-point shots.

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry (Source: CPA Practice Advisor)

Curry was selected among the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Similarly, he is also included in the 50-40-90 club.

His other wins include being the NBA steals Leader, NBA scoring champion twice, NBA Three-Point Contest champion twice, NBA champion four times, and many others.

Conclusion

So, this concludes our list of the 20 highest salaries of NBA players. We hope you found our article informative. Thank you for reading. 

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