The Highest-Paid NBA Players for 2021-22

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BetMGM @BETMGM Oct 28, 2021, 4:53 PM

It’s no secret that the best NBA players are some of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Although there are hundreds of talented players out there who are paid very well, a few names in the industry stand out in particular – not only for their skills on the court, but also their business acumen and collaborations with well-known sports brands.While some players might make more than others this year – not least LeBron James, thanks to his many lucrative sponsorships and business deals – we’ve chosen to create this list according to the base salary that the top NBA players will be earning. If you’re interested in online sports betting, it will be in your interest to take note of these top names, as their skills and performance will undoubtedly impact basketball betting odds!

Top-earning NBA players in the 2021-22 season

Without further ado, here is a bit more about some of the highest-paid athletes in the 2021-22 season, based on base salary information available at ESPN.com. 

1. Stephen Curry

Stephen “Steph” Curry is the highest-paid player, at a whopping $45.8 million. The 33-year-old returns to the court after racking up a record number of points per game last season. This run was so successful that Curry signed a four-year extension contract in August for $215 million with the Golden State Warriors, which is a step up from his previous $201.16 million deal in 2017.

2. James Harden

Coming in at second place is James Harden, who will earn $44.3 million this season (tied with John Wall, below.) Harden has made a name for himself with his signature beard and as one of the best shooting guards in NBA history. After playing for the Houston Rockets for many years, Harden now plays for the Brooklyn Nets, after a trade between the two teams last season. 

3. John Wall

John Wall is the joint second-highest-paid player in the league at $44.3 million, despite a hamstring injury putting him out of the game last season. He is also not expected to play in the upcoming season, but will still play a valuable support role for the Houston Rockets. 

4. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a star addition to the LA Lakers team, and comes in at fourth this year with a salary of $44.2 million. Westbrook spent last season delivering powerful plays for the Washington Wizards, but has moved across the country to the West Coast, after a trade between the two teams earlier this year. 

5. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is currently the fifth highest-paid player on the list, at $42 million. After struggling with an Achilles heel injury in the 2019-20 season, Durant returned to the court with some impressive moves, and has recently signed a four-year $198 million contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets.

6. LeBron James

LeBron James is again the sixth highest-paid NBA player this year, coming in at $41.2 million. Thanks to his unparalleled performance and clout on the court, James recently signed a two-year $85 million contract extension with the LA Lakers in December 2020, which assures him 20 years in the NBA.

Rest of the top 10

Hot on the heels of the legendary James is two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose salary of $39.3 million puts him at seventh place. Thanks to his recent five-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, he’ll be earning $228 million during that period, which means he’s expected to make $51.9 million in 2026.

In eighth, ninth and 10th place, we have Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, Paul George from the LA Clippers and Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors. 

Top 25 highest-paid NBA players for the 2020-21 season

Now that we’ve covered the top 10 players, here is the complete list of the top 25 highest-paid NBA players to put things into perspective. All will undoubtedly have a part to play in the upcoming online betting season. Check out who are the ones to watch below.

1. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors $45.8 million
2. James Harden Brooklyn Nets $44.3 million
3. John Wall Houston Rockets $44.3 million
4. Russell Westbrook LA Lakers $44.2 million
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets $42 million
6. LeBron James LA Lakers $41.2 million
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks $39.3 million
8. Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers $39.3 million
9. Paul George LA Clippers $39.3 million
10. Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors $38 million
11. Kemba Walker New York Knicks $36 million
12. Jimmy Butler Miami Heat $36 million
13. Kawhi Leonard LA Clippers $36 million
14. Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers $36 million
15. Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks $35.5 million
16. Anthony Davis LA Lakers $35.4 million
17. Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz $35.3 million
18. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets $35.3 million
19. Bradley Beal Washington Wizards $33.7 million
20. Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors $33 million
21. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers $33 million
22. Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks $32.4 million
23. Devin Booker Phoenix Suns $31.6 million
24. Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves $31.6 million
25. Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks $31.6 million

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