The salaries in the NBA are incredibly high.
It is the North American league with the highest salaries, as the combination of incredibly wealthy owners and great TV deals drives player payment through the roof.
With betting being legalized, there is now revenue from top betting sites pouring into the league.
Let’s look at the current NBA players that have the highest annual salaries.
We’ll look ahead to the upcoming season to break down which NBA players will receive the largest annual payments and rank them from the highest annual average to the 15th.
This one may surprise NBA fans, but Devin Booker is set to be tied for the highest salary of any player in the league next year. The Suns’ star shooting guard is set to make $56,056,000. He is also the new cover star for NBA 2K23.
After swinging a trade for Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves look poised to take off next year. To take the next step, they’ll need Towns to deliver, and they’re paying him like a superstar. He’s tied with Booker, earning $56,056,000.
When you are the back-to-back league MVP, you’ve earned your spot on a list like this. Jokic recently signed the largest contract in NBA history, and next year he’ll be earning big money with a salary of $53,998,000.
Stephen Curry is as deserving of a big salary as anyone, as he’s guided a once-floundering franchise to four titles, earning two MVPs along the way. He dominated again this year as any 2021-22 NBA season summary would show. He’s paid like the franchise-altering superstar he is, with a salary next year of $53,838,416.
Bradley Beal has been loyal to the Wizards, and while that loyalty hasn’t been rewarded in wins, it certainly has in money. He recently signed a supermax extension with the team, which will position him to be one of the highest-paid players in the league. He will make $50,203,930.
Embiid is one of the dominant forces in the league for the 76ers. He is a shot-blocking, three-point shooting beast of a player, and the 76ers pay him like what he is: one of the NBA’s best. He will make $48,980,400 next season.
Jimmy Butler has guided the Miami Heat to contender status in the past few years, taking his game up a notch every time the playoffs roll around. He is their lone elite star, and he is one of the highest-paid players in the league. His well-rounded game will earn him $48,798,677 next year.
Most of the conversation around Kevin Durant revolves around where he’ll play next year, as he’s demanded a trade. Wherever he goes, he will continue to be arguably the best scorer in the NBA, and his next team will gladly pay him his $48,554,830 salary.
Giannis could be the single best player in the NBA, and he showed his loyalty by re-upping with the Bucks and leading them to an NBA championship. He is paid a massive annual contract, deservedly so. Giannis makes $45,640,084, and he is an all-around superstar.
Paul George has a silky-smooth game, and after collapsing in the bubble, he has rebuilt his reputation as one of the NBA’s best scorers and an elite wing defender. George is seeking an elusive championship with the Clippers and earns $44,066,367.
Kawhi Leonard has shown his value in the league by winning two finals and two final MVPs. He is a two-way force and a clutch scorer that is one of the league’s best players when healthy. Next year, while he chases a championship, he’ll earn $44,066,288.
Damian Lillard is an elite scorer who has been lighting it up for the Trail Blazers since he entered the league. He is a loyal player, who has consistently re-upped with his squad, and he is poised to earn a $44,066,288 salary while he tries to bring his team back to prominence.
Luka Doncic has become one of the league’s biggest superstars at an extremely young age. He might be the best young player in the NBA, and he is only getting better for the Mavericks. He is going to earn $43,031,940 next year, and he is hoping to earn his first MVP and take the Mavs even deeper into the postseason.
Zach LaVine is known around the league for his spectacular dunks and polished three-point shooting. He recently re-upped with the Chicago Bulls, hoping to continue on last season’s early success. LaVine will make an annual salary of $43,031,940.
Trae Young has established himself as one of the best young guards in the league. He is an absolute marksman from deep, a great passer, and has pushed the Hawks into a promising future. He is one of the highest-paid young players, earning $43,031,940 for next season.
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