Once again, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is at the top of the NBA's highest-paid players list.
The seven-time All-Star signed a five-year, $201.2 million contract with the Warriors in the 2017 offseason. It was a huge raise from his previous contract that was a four-years, $44 million deal. However, if you consider all that he achieved in the last couple of years of the deal, even that raise would fall short.
In 2015 and 2016, Curry was named league MVP, the second being the only unanimous MVP season in NBA history. Both years, he led the Warriors to the NBA Finals with the first trip ending with a championship, the franchise's first since 1975. Led by his superhuman play, the Warriors set an NBA record with 73 wins in the 2015-16 season.
According to Basketball Reference, Curry is slated to earn over $45 million in the 2021-22 NBA season. Behind him, in a close second on the NBA's highest-paid list, is John Wall, who is in the penultimate year of his four-year, $171 million deal that started in 2019.
Here's a look at the 10 highest-paid players for the 2021-22 season:
|1.||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||$45,780,966|
|2.||John Wall||Houston Rockets||$44,310,840|
|3.||Russell Westbrook||Los Angeles Lakers||$44,211,146|
|4||James Harden||Brooklyn Nets||$43,848,000|
|5||Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||$43,750,000|
|6||LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||$41,180,544|
|7||Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets||$40,918,900|
|T-8||Paul George||LA Clippers||$39,344,970|
|T-8||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||$39,344,970|
|10||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||$37,980,720|
Per Basketball Reference, the average salary in 2020-21 was $7.5 million.
Shortly after free agency began, the NBA revealed the salary cap ($112.4 million) and tax level ($136.6 million) for the 2021-22 season.
This list will be updated once contracts are finalised in 2021 free agency.
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