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Top 25 Career NBA Salaries

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edited August 2012 in From the Cheap Seats
NBA salaries are based on market value, and, for the most part, are relative. A weak free agent class typically over values certain players (re: Rashard Lewis). Similarly, longevity increases max contract value, thus explaining why LeBron James can be ranked behind players like Joe Johnson. So when you read the following list which chronicles the top 25 career NBA salaries, don’t look at it as a barometer of the greatest players. Rather, see it as the ultimate expression of the NBA as a business, in which certain players have taken advantage of their situation to cash in as much as possible.

(Note: active contracts are factored in.)

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25. Steve Nash – $146,736,620

He may have racked up two MVPs and held the title of the NBAs best point guard for a number of years, but Steve Nash is not one of the 25 greatest players ever. Still, the money feels well deserved for Nash, especially when he toiled in Phoenix despite their anti-winning salary cap ways without complaint.

24. LeBron James – $149,745,913

LeBron James has at least two more contracts left in him, so expect him to top this list by the time it’s all said and done. But for now, he can take his almost $150 million and NBA ring and smile.

23. Stephon Marbury – $151,115,945

We all remember that final season in New York, when Mike D’Antoni left him on the bench as Marbury raked in $20+ million. Marbury was a very good player in his day, but there’s no question that he’s made much more than he’s ever deserved.

22. Juwan Howard – $151,465,633

The last standing member of the Fab Five, Howard finally got his ring in 2012. Clearly that was the only thing missing, considering the money he’s made over his career.

21. Rashard Lewis – $152,580,678

Nope. We won’t get started.

20. Allen Iverson – $154,494,445

This seems about appropriate. A.I. has bled for every dollar he’s made, and his lack of a championship ring is about the only thing missing from his career resume.

19. Pau Gasol – $156,574,396

It’s unfortunate when players are overpaid and their relative on-the-court expectations skyrocket. Pau has always been a strong big man, arguably one of the top five in the league, but he’s nowhere near as good as the money he’s made. But that’s no fault of his own.

18. Rasheed Wallace – $156,758,400

Oh, what could have been. Rasheed Wallace had a magnificent career, but doesn’t it feel like he could’ve been even better? Well, at least both teams played hard.

17. Deron Williams – $158,712,708

It feels like he stands to make a lot more money as the face of Mikhail Prokhorov‘s franchise, right?

16. Carmelo Anthony – $161,230,223

‘Melo’s a confusing one. The talent is there, but the championship pedigree just doesn’t seem to be. He’s one of the NBA’s top players, but you pay players for victories, not stats.

15. Elton Brand – $161,378,377

Brand is particularly unfortunate, considering how dominant he was in college and the beginning of his career. But he blew out his knee before blowing out your knee was a 10 month injury (that could even make your knee stronger), so he was never the same. Turns out he was paid for what could have been.

14. Vince Carter – $161,663,315

Vinsanity was great, but that amount of money feels obscene. Just another one of those guys who could have been – which is crazy in his case, because Carter was still a great player.

13. Tracy McGrady – $162,978,278

T-Mac is basically Vince Carter in that could-have-been sense. The money may be excessive, but that jump shot is one of the prettiest ever.

12. Jermaine O’Neal – $165,441,840

Oh, 🤬 .

11. Amar’e Stoudemire – $146,736,620

Two years ago, this wouldn’t have felt so ridiculous. Amar’e was an MVP candidate and reviving the Knicks. Then ‘Melo came around and everything fell apart, and Knicks fans are counting down the days until his current $20+ million a year contract expires.


10. Paul Pierce – $169,486,218

Pierce is an icon in Boston, even a legend. There’s no question everyone appreciates his loyalty by sticking with the Celtics through the bad years, but there’s no question he doesn’t quite deserve this much money. But we won’t nitpick with an overall good guy who’s done a lot for this game.

9. Chris Webber – $178,230,697

How many guys can be the 9th highest paid player ever, have an unbelievable NBA career and still be a labeled a never was? Chris Webber had beyond All-Star potential, but a gaffe in college and a not-ridiculously-stellar NBA career has dogged his reputation for years.

8. Ray Allen – $181,127,360

He might be the greatest shooter ever, but this is a bit much. But even traitors get paid, people.

7. Jason Kidd – $193,855,468

The man just won’t retire. Longevity, more than anything else, explains this number. When you remain among the top NBA point guards for 15 years, you can expect your bank account to explode.

6. Joe Johnson – $198,647,190

We won’t go here either.


5. Dirk Nowitzki – $204,063,985

It’s pretty surprising that Dirk is all the way up here, but if your owner is Mark Cuban, you’re bound to paid well. For all of Dirk’s loyalty and hard work and tearing down of pre-championship Miami, you probably won’t find too many people ready to squabble with this dollar amount.

4. Tim Duncan – $224,709,155

Tim Duncan is a top player ever, and arguably the greatest power forward ever, so to find him near the top of this list is not surprising at all. And probably deserved, too.

3. Kobe Bryant – $279,738,062

His current gargantuan contract is eating up half the Lakers’ salary cap alone (although now they’re way over), so Kobe’s career earnings should come as no surprise. He’s also been in the league for a shocking 16 years, and he’s been on top of the game for most of that time.

2. Shaquille O’Neal – $292,198,327

Shaq, Kobe, Duncan. This might be their money ranking, but where do you rank them all-time, as compared to each other. We have no idea, either.

1. Kevin Garnett – $328,562,398

Garnett might be No. 1 right now, but expect him to be easily passed by the likes of LeBron James and others. But for now, Garnett has probably been worth every penny. And even now, at the end of his career, he’s still a top NBA big man.

Others: Michael Jordan is at 87. with $90,235,00
Dwyane Wade is at 31. with $141,485,666
Chris Bosh is at 28. with $143,994,753

Salaries are of course higher today but it's still and interesting subject. Now endorsements and such are not accounted, only NBA salaries.


Source: Dime Magazine
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Comments

  • its....JOHN B
    its....JOHN B Members Posts: 19,830 ✭✭✭✭✭
    wow at joe johnson
  • blackjack2012
    blackjack2012 Members Posts: 4,323 ✭✭✭✭✭
    WTF...Mike Jordan is only at 90 mil I thought that 🤬 made more than that
  • P. Town
    P. Town Members Posts: 27,306 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Juwan Howard....lmfao Juwan 🤬 Howard.

    You didn't watch much Juwan Howard in the 90's/2000's
  • P. Town
    P. Town Members Posts: 27,306 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Iverson got $32 Million in a trust fund he can't touch until he's like 50 years old
  • Co_Town_Michael
    Co_Town_Michael Bruh. TexasMembers Posts: 5,551 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ptowndonte wrote: »
    Iverson got $32 Million in a trust fund he can't touch until he's like 50 years old

    And he's gonna blow through that trust fund money in no time.
  • P. Town
    P. Town Members Posts: 27,306 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ptowndonte wrote: »
    Juwan Howard....lmfao Juwan 🤬 Howard.

    You didn't watch much Juwan Howard in the 90's/2000's

    He only averaged over 20 ppg 1 season and has never averaged over 8 rpg...his career was worth 152 mil?

    I guess he is.
  • PiffyHaze
    PiffyHaze Members Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭✭✭
    25 nba players that hoes trying to scheme on.
  • Beta
    Beta #FastFamily Members Posts: 65,596 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Deron Williams being where he is on this list surprised me.
  • Jungz
    Jungz God's Son PhillyMembers Posts: 991 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ptowndonte wrote: »
    Iverson got $32 Million in a trust fund he can't touch until he's like 50 years old
    And im sure he probably already burned through half on that on some "I got 32 mill coming to me in a few years, you know my credit is good" *buys 3 mill in jewelry on 'credit.'*

  • aneed123
    aneed123 Members Posts: 23,763 ✭✭✭✭✭
    garnetts deal ruined Min...
  • TheIraq
    TheIraq Members Posts: 5,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can be a NBA GM.........
  • coop9889
    coop9889 Members Posts: 7,299 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Amare's contract must be a typo
  • gucci7383
    gucci7383 Members Posts: 3,093 ✭✭✭✭✭
    bill clinton had the economy booming in the 90's owners were doing great in there other bussiness and the nba was doing great pre lockout 99. hince the stupid contracts they gave out to players
  • freshb651
    freshb651 Members Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭✭✭
    people criticize a lot of these guys but at one point they were all potential franchise cornerstones,Rashard Lewis

    had 3 good seasons in Seattle,Jermaine O'neal was on the verge of being one of the best PF's when he was in Indy.

    Joe Johnson and Juwan Howard are probably the least deserving of their money,but Joe Johnson is/was nice but

    he's not a franchise player he's a second/third option. Also most contracts are based on potential,all these guys had

    potential to be great some realized it some didn't.
  • MillzOG
    MillzOG OG Members, Moderators Posts: 14,508 Regulator
    Rashard Lewis was never a potential cornerstone, FOH
  • playmaker88
    playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Members Posts: 67,905 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lol 🤬 just been stealing money..

    Elton Brands money was spent on sweaters all that money Amare made and he still cant afford a backiotomy
  • The Lonious Monk
    The Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Members Posts: 26,258 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This list is a little misleading. The writer is using it as a measure of worth. Hence, his comment about Nash not being one of the 25 greatest players ever. Money doesn't work like that though. You're not going to see a lot of 70s, 80s, and even some 90s players on that list because of inflation and the fact that player salaries have steadily increased over the years.

    Look at that list, pretty much everyone was in their prime in the 00s, the very late 90s at the earliest.
  • MC The Rapper
    MC The Rapper Members Posts: 8,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn Kobe overpaid than a muthafucka than had nerve enough to demand a trade . How can you be mad that you

    ain't winning when you half the team's salary cap. Kobe is a great player and all but half the salary cap on one person

    come on
  • playmaker88
    playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Members Posts: 67,905 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn Kobe overpaid than a muthafucka than had nerve enough to demand a trade . How can you be mad that you

    ain't winning when you half the team's salary cap. Kobe is a great player and all but half the salary cap on one person

    come on

    You wrote this in 2006?
  • MC The Rapper
    MC The Rapper Members Posts: 8,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn Kobe overpaid than a muthafucka than had nerve enough to demand a trade . How can you be mad that you

    ain't winning when you half the team's salary cap. Kobe is a great player and all but half the salary cap on one person

    come on

    You wrote this in 2006?

    dubious trades not withstanding
  • Mally_G
    Mally_G Members Posts: 2,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That Jordan figure has to be wrong. Those last two seasons in Chi, he commanded $25 and $50 mil per season. That's $75 mil alone in just two seasons. Then you factor in his salaries from all the previous years, it has to be well over $100 mil.

    All his other money came from endorsements and appearance fees.
  • Matt-
    Matt- stew Members Posts: 21,585 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ptowndonte wrote: »
    Iverson got $32 Million in a trust fund he can't touch until he's like 50 years old

    i know this was talked about. but i'm calling 🤬
  • Chi-Town Bully
    Chi-Town Bully Members Posts: 29,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mally_G wrote: »
    That Jordan figure has to be wrong. Those last two seasons in Chi, he commanded $25 and $50 mil per season. That's $75 mil alone in just two seasons. Then you factor in his salaries from all the previous years, it has to be well over $100 mil.

    All his other money came from endorsements and appearance fees.

    he didn't make $50 mil, he mad $30 and $33mil his last 2 years in Chicago
  • Matt-
    Matt- stew Members Posts: 21,585 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mally_G wrote: »
    That Jordan figure has to be wrong. Those last two seasons in Chi, he commanded $25 and $50 mil per season. That's $75 mil alone in just two seasons. Then you factor in his salaries from all the previous years, it has to be well over $100 mil.

    All his other money came from endorsements and appearance fees.

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  • blackjack2012
    blackjack2012 Members Posts: 4,323 ✭✭✭✭✭
    matt- wrote: »
    ptowndonte wrote: »
    Iverson got $32 Million in a trust fund he can't touch until he's like 50 years old

    i know this was talked about. but i'm calling 🤬

    That's the same 🤬 I said that 🤬 is broke spent all his money on casino's and hookers.
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