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Who Are the Top Ten Highest Paid NBA Stars as of 2021?



Top 10 highest paid NBA stars

The Top 10 highest-paid NBA stars earn figures that will blow your mind. When it comes to the NBA, it pays its players with some of the biggest salary contracts in the whole world. In the 2010s, we have seen some of the biggest contracts ever signed in the NBA that even the likes of Michael Jordan hadn’t received. Besides their luxurious contracts, NBA stars are also endorsed with high-end sports and fashion brands which also adds to their income.

Top 10 highest NBA salaries, endorsements, and net worth in 2021

1.LeBron James

Total Earnings – $85.3 Million
Salary- $31.4 Million
Endorsement: AT&T, Beats, Blaze Pizza, GMC, Nike, PepsiCo, Rimowa, and Walmart.
Total Net Worth – $500 Million

LA Lakers superstar and team leader LeBron James is arguably the best to ever play the game. With the quality that he brings to any team that signs, it is no surprise that he tops this list. He has the highest net worth among all active NBA players.

2. Stephen Curry

Total Earnings – $76.7 Million
Salary- $34.7 Million
Endorsements- Chase, Nissan Motor, Under Armor, Palm, Rakuten
Total Net Worth – $130 Million

The Golden State Warriors 2 time MVP point guard Stephen Curry led his team to win 3 rings in the last 6 years. He is the best shooter the game has ever witnessed. After his recent 4-year $215 million extension, he is the only player in NBA history to get multiple contracts over $200 million.

3. Kevin Durant

Total Earnings – $58 Million
Salary- $25 Million
Endorsements- Google, Alaska Air Group, Nike
Total Net Worth – $170 Million

The Brooklyn Nets have the current best small forward in the league in Kevin Durant. The former Golden State and OKC star was the 2014 MVP and has won 3 championships with Golden State. There’s no doubt that he stands 3rd in this Top 10 list.

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4. James Harden

Total Earnings – $48.3 Million
Salary- $28.3 Million
Endorsements- Adidas, Beats Electronics, BodyArmor, Stance Socks, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance.
Total Net Worth – $145 Million

Former Houston Rockets guard and 2018 MVP James Harden is the best shooting guard in the NBA and top 5 all-time. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2021 which made the Nets the most lethal team in the NBA. His level of play always comes with big money.

5. Russell Westbrook

Total Earnings – $47.5 Million
Salary- $28.5 Million
Endorsements- Nike/Jordan and Subway
Total Net Worth – $160 Million

The former OKC star and 2017 MVP recently got traded to the Lakers. In 2017, he signed a 5-year $207 million extension with OKC which was the biggest NBA contract at that time. He also holds the NBA record for averaging a triple-double for a whole season.

6. Damian Lillard

Total Earnings – $40.2 Million
Salary- $26.2 Million
Endorsements- Panini, Adidas, Hulu
Total Net Worth – $70 Million

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard is one of the best at what he does. He is a Top 10 point guard in the league and will earn $40 million a year till 2024-25 with the Blazers.

7. Blake Griffin

Total Earnings – $35.5 Million
Salary- $29.5 Million
Endorsements-Nike, Kia Motors, AT&T, Subway
Total Net Worth – $110 Million

The formers LA Clippers All-Star signed with Brooklyn Nets in 2021 which is the biggest super team in the NBA. He was acquired from the Detroit Pistons where he didn’t have much success on the stat sheet. As of the 2021-22 season, we can expect Griffin to bloom with his All-Star Nets teammates.

8. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Total Earnings – $35.5 Million
Salary- $22.5 Million
Endorsements- Nike, Hulu, 2K Sports
Total Net Worth – $70 Million

Current NBA Champ and the life of the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo, has already made it among the all-time greats. Besides being a former MVP, he has also won the Defensive Player Of The Year. He recently signed a five-year, $228.2 million extension with the Bucks which is the biggest contract in league history.

9. Carmelo Antony

Total Earnings – $33.2 Million
Salary- $26.2 Million
Endorsements- Jordan Brand, Panini, Foot Locker, Powercoco, Isotonix, and Haute Time.
Total Net Worth – $160 Million

New York Knicks legend recently signed with the LA Lakers to join his friend and now teammate LeBron James. He was the 2012-12 NBA Scoring Champ averaging 28.7 points per game. His total NBA points are 27,370 and his second among active NBA points leaders.

10. Anthony Davis

Total Earnings – $32.7 Million
Salary- $28.3 Million
Endorsements – Nike. Apart from Nike, he also endorses other major brands including Saks Inc., ExxonMobil, Foot Locker, and Red Bull.
Total Net Worth – $60 Million

The LA Lakers center and All-Star is probably a top 2 center in the NBA. At 6’10, he has speed and ball-handling skills that are rarely seen in a center. Along with teammate LeBron James, he led the Lakers to win the 2019-20 NBA championship.

Few other players that earn eye-catching salaries

Other than all the players mentioned above, many other NBA stars have earned quite a lot recently. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, and Mike Conley have all earned more than $25 million in the 2021 season. The stars earned $28.7, $27.7, $29.7, $28.5 million respectively. Paul Millsap earned $31.3 million. Jrue Holiday and Al Horford also earned north of $25 million in 2020.

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