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A Comprehensive Analysis Of The NBA’s Richest Players

Kobe Bryant (GQ Magazine)

After analyzing the NBA’s Top 15 Expiring Contracts yesterday, it got me thinking: How many players in the NBA will make over $10 million this season? While the answer to that question is below, I decided to take it one step further. After the jump, you’ll find the NBA’s richest players broken down by position, height, age, NBA titles, NCAA conference and just about any other way you can organize it. Trust me, you’ll be surprised.

Total: 63

Point Guard (6)
Chris Paul – $14,940,153
Deron Williams – $14,940,153
Tony Parker – $13,500,000
Chauncey Billups – $13,150,000
Baron Davis – $13,000,000
Steve Nash – $10,310,938

Shooting Guard (16)
Kobe Bryant – $24,806,250
Michael Redd – $18,300,000
Gilbert Arenas – $17,730,694
Vince Carter – $17,522,375
Joe Johnson – $16,324,500
Jason Richardson – $14,444,443
Dwyane Wade – $14,200,000
Brandon Roy – $13,603,750
Richard Hamilton – $12,500,000
Manu Ginobili – $11,854,584
Monta Ellis – $11,000,000
Jamal Crawford – $10,800,000
Ben Gordon – $10,800,000
Kevin Martin – $10,600,005
Mike Dunleavy – $10,561,984
Ray Allen – $10,000,000

Small Forward (13)
Andrei Kirilenko – $17,823,000
Carmelo Anthony – $17,149,243
LeBron James – $14,500,000
Peja Stojakovic – $14,256,000
Paul Pierce – $13,876,321
Rudy Gay – $13,603,750
Andre Iguodala – $12,345,250
Luol Deng – $11,345,000
Tayshaun Prince – $11,148,760
Danny Granger – $10,973,202
Caron Butler – $10,561,960
Gerald Wallace – $10,500,000
Hedo Turkoglu – $10,215,850

Power Forward (16)
Rashard Lewis – $19,573,711
Tim Duncan – $18,835,381
Kevin Garnett – $18,832,044
Pau Gasol – $17,823,000
Zach Randolph – $17,666,666
Dirk Nowitzki – $17,278,618
Kenyon Martin – $16,545,454
Amar’e Stoudemire – $16,486,611
Elton Brand – $15,959,099
Chris Bosh – $14,500,000
Carlos Boozer – $14,400,000
Antawn Jamison – $13,358,905
Troy Murphy – $11,968,253
Josh Smith – $11,700,000
LaMarcus Aldridge – $11,244,000
David Lee – $10,800,000

Center (12)
Yao Ming – $17,686,100
Dwight Howard – $16,647,180
Andrew Bynum – $13,700,000
Samuel Dalembert – $13,428,129
Al Jefferson – $13,000,000
Eddy Curry – $11,276,863
Tyson Chandler – $12,600,000
Chris Kaman – $11,800,000
Marcus Camby – $11,749,832
Emeka Okafor – $11,495,000
Nene – $11,360,000
Andrew Bogut – $11,000,000

Note: Erick Dampier was not included. He is scheduled to make $13,078,000 this season but will most likely be waived.

Looking at this list, I thought it’d be fun to check out some other metrics:

Eastern Conference: 29
Western Conference: 34

Youngest: Andrew Bynum (22 years old)
Oldest: Marcus Camby (36 years old)

Shortest: Chris Paul (6-0)
Tallest: Yao Ming (7-6)

International: Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Manu Ginobili, Andrei Kirilenko, Peja Stojakovic, Luol Deng, Hedo Turkoglu, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming, Samuel Dalembert, Nene, Andrew Bogut (13)

Straight Out Of High School: Kobe Bryant, Monta Ellis, LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, Kevin Garnett, Amar’e Stoudemire, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Al Jefferson, Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler (12)

Playing In The World Championships: Chauncey Billups, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger, Tyson Chandler, Hedo Turkoglu (6)

NBA Titles: Kobe Bryant (5), Tim Duncan (4), Tony Parker (3), Manu Ginobili (3), Pau Gasol (2), Andrew Bynum (2), Chauncey Billups, Dwyane Wade, Richard Hamilton, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Garnett (13)

A-10: Marcus Camby (1)
ACC: Chris Paul, Vince Carter, Mike Dunleavy, Luol Deng, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Antawn Jamison (9)
Big East: Dwyane Wade, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, Kenyon Martin, Troy Murphy, Samuel Dalembert, Emeka Okafor (11)
Big Ten: Deron Williams, Michael Redd, Jason Richardson, Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph (5)
Big 12: Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, LaMarcus Aldridge (3)
MAC: Chris Kaman (1)
MWC: Danny Granger, Andrew Bogut (2)
Pac-10: Baron Davis, Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Roy, Andre Iguodala (4)
SEC: Joe Johnson, Tayshaun Prince, Gerald Wallace, David Lee (4)
SoCon: Kevin Martin (1)
WCC: Steve Nash (1)

Having trouble picking a school? Consider this:

UConn: Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Ray Allen, Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor (6)
Duke: Mike Dunleavy, Luol Deng, Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer (4)

So what is there to takeaway? Here are five things:

1. For anyone who wants to talk about international parity, there are only 12 foreign-born players on this list.

2. Although the League appears to be run by point guards and swingmen, the high-scoring two guards and 20-10 power forwards are the ones getting paid.

3. If you want to make money, go to school in the Big East (UConn) or ACC (Duke). Sorry Jeremy Lin, but there were no Ivy League schools that made the list.

4. All the point guards are from the Western Conference.

5. The only player that makes more than Rashard Lewis is Kobe. Wow.

What do you think?

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Lucas Shapiro

    Great analysis Aron. I find it amazing that point guards are (relatively) underpaid!

  • Heckler

    Aron–

    If possible, (I’d hate to give you more work; but not really), can you further break this down by agent or sports agency?

    I’d like to see who is representing these 62 players.

  • RapTOr

    I want some of what Larry Bird is smokin…

  • big e

    Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy…nuff said.

  • The Journeyman

    lol wow…

    that was some straight geeky research homie…

    informative but draining i’m sure

  • Drenched

    Peja Stojakovic – $14,256,000 ??? Done lol.

    Great content. Gotta save this page for future debate lol.

    Redd you need to find a cure and “make” that money dude.

    Futhering my reason why Yao is paid more than 1 center who has been to the finals and the other with a championship…because Houston is more interested in what he brings marketing and P.R. wise than championship. Here is to hopes and wishes.

  • Kevin

    I almost threw up my Fruit Loops when I saw that Peja Stojakovic almost makes what Lebron makes and MORE than Wade. Ridiculous.

    Also, Tyson Chandler & Eddie Curry are awful and shouldn’t be making this money. Still pissed that Chandler is on USA team for the Worlds. I guarantee there are 10 tens from one of the good leagues in DC or NY that are way better than he is that we could have taken to the Worlds.

  • Heckler

    @ Aron–

    In addition, can you also give us information on which TEAMS are responsible for giving out these contracts (to equal the salaries)?

    For instance, I think the Detroit Pistons gave the contracts to Chauncey, Rip, Tayshaun and Ben Gordon.

    I think Golden State gave out the contracts for David Lee, Monta Ellis, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy. But I am not certain.

    I think we would all find it very interesting to see which teams (and or GMs) offered the 62 highest (salary) contracts for this season.

  • Roc1980

    Kobe makes $10M+ more than Lebron!

  • http://bt.davka.info/ SparkyJ23

    Rashard Lewis must have some diamond bargaining skills….

  • The Journeyman

    @ Heckler

    No to your request. Google it yourself.

    Thank you,

    Courtesy of Dime’s spokespeople

  • http://www.netshype.blogspot.com netstar

    hahahahahahahaaha
    rashard lewis is the highest paid PF in the game

  • Chise

    Whoever signed Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy to their respective deals should be getting way more hate then their getting lol. Did Isiah work in Golden State for a little bit?

  • Sporty-j

    How the heck does Larry Bird still have a job. I guess Jordan takes a lot of “HEAT” because hes Jordan, but Larry Bird has been messing up that franchise but does not recieve any media bashing because hes the great hope. If you know what i mean…

  • Celts Fan

    @sporty-j – you’re hating just to hate now. First off, Bird didn’t give those awful deals to Murphy or Dunleavy (though he did trade for them, so almost as bad) but you forget that he took over right around the time of the Malace at the Palace in an area that’s super “family friendly.” He was put on task to essentially do what Pritchard did in Portland and get rid of all of the thugs and replace them w/ guys their city wouldn’t be embarrassed by. He drafted Granger and Hibbert and just swung a deal that was basically an expiring contract for a young, skilled PG. He’s not good by any means, but he’s far from terrible too.

  • Celts Fan

    and he’s not “the great hope” he’s one of the best players to ever do it and GMing in his home state where he’s royalty. learn yo history before you come spouting off w/ this racial bs like there’s no difference.

  • ballin

    point guards aren’t underpaid. it’s just that dominant big men win championships and that point guards don’t.

  • laker fan dan

    Shooting Guard – Where giant money goes to die. Arenas, Vince, Redd, Hamilton. DAMN.

  • sweetv0mit

    Good work Aron and yeah the agents would be interesting to know too

  • mules

    good list but the post’s title should be biggest 2010 contracts…not richest players. If you’re gonna do a real list of richest players you have to take years in the league and all of their previous contracts into account…not to mention endorsements, state-tax (since not all states collect) and in Rasheed’s case; fines paid. The Celtics might sweep the top 5 of that list (KG, Shaq, Pierce, Ray-Ray, & the other O’Neal).

  • karizmatic

    The only player that makes more than Rashard Lewis is Kobe? That’s an unspeakable travesty.

  • http://www.opposingviews.com Alex G.

    Aron-

    I had to sign in and give you your props because this is great research. Excellent post, seriously.

  • Chris

    Andrei Kirilenko is missing from the list… FYI.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    @Chris

    You’re totally right! Don’t know how he slipped by. Thanks for pointing it out. It’s been updated with him included now.

  • bullish513

    Point guards are not paid as much because they dont lead there teams to chips…except isaiah and magic…Isaiah the greatest small player ever!

  • james

    i love how like 5 out of the top 6 shooting guards are either injured to an extent that they will never recover their career, or ridiculously overpaid/at a stage in their career where they will never contribute at the level for which they are paid. amazing

  • Big Mike

    Lewis makes more than Howard… Ridiculous!! What’s more ridiculous, is he makes more than anyone except KB24!

  • the cynic

    Shard is the second best player in the NBA!!!

  • yoda

    @9
    kobe has 5 more rings that lbj. and will probably have one more before bron gets his first

  • http://youknow.com Terrance

    I’m sorry but Chris Paul is not the shortest but Ty Lawson is only 5’11 so get the facts straight

  • bojangles

    Saw it pointed out somewhere that current Celts have five players who have made more than 100 million in their career: Shaq, KG, Ray, Pierce, and J O Neal. Harangody and Nate Rob better stay away from that card game with their chump change or they might get Antoine Walkered.

  • Pat

    Rashard Lewis should be ashamed and give back some of the money he stole. Otherwise his contract will be one of the reasons why the magic can’t get the personel they want to win a championship.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    International parity? I’m looking more at the preps-to-pros parity. Imagine all the young guns that went straight to the L looking for a 10 mil contract, and how few made it that big.

  • i0ioooi0i

    i wouldn’t say ‘sorry’ to jeremy lin. i’m pretty sure he’s doing just fine, and will BE just fine after his stint in the League is done.

  • bobby stew

    It makes sense that PG’s are being paid the least. There are alot more 5’10-6’2 people in the world than people that are 6’6 and above. This means that there are more point guards available. Even when I go to the gym I always see a bunch of real good little guards everywhere. But you rarely find a 6’6 dude with game, and if you do he is always 1st pick

  • BBall EyeQ

    @Terrance Ty Lawson is shorter than CP3, and so is his contract for this season. The facts are 10 mil and up my man!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AM

    Rashard Lewis is really overpaid but as a general rule the longer you’ve been in the nba the more you get paid, that’s why VC makes more than Lebron for instance. There are some exception (vet minimum etc…) but the longer you’ve been in the league the more you’re paid (unless you suck )

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    THEY NEED A NEW PAY SCALE, SOME OF THOSE DUDES DO NOT NEED THAT MUCH BREAD, ESPECIALLY ALL THE BUMS FROM DUKE!

  • dlight

    Excellent article except the title. If owners and GM’s can afford to make as many costly mistakes as they do i understand even more why players are taking matters into their own hands. Kobe is that much better overall than LBJ and I’m not a LA fan! His worth to the team is immeasurable. I like Lebron, but he’s maturing hopefully with seasoned ballers around his learning curve will escalate. Riles better be standing closer than the tunnel to keep the posse’ outta earshot. If the

  • Jazz Man

    You Have To Understand That The NBA Has A Cap On What Your Max Could Be Based On How Many Years In The League…Kobe Deserves To Be Where He Is But I Also Think Their Were A Few That Had Good Years And The Owners Were Giving Max Contracts Because They Thought It Would Be A Consistant Thing…Anywho Another Month Until Training Camp And Pre-Season Basketball (Praise The Basketball Gods)

  • http://www.shwholesale.com shwholesale

    Kobe Bryant – $24,806,250
    yes, he deserved it.
    i think LeBron James and Wade can get more high salary. expccially Lebron.but he choose Miami to together BIG Three to win championship.
    Of course they win few championnships then will get more high salary.