NBA Teams With Highest Payrolls in 2021-2022

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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Jan 12, 2022, 1:06 PM

Which NBA team spent the most money in 2021?

The Golden State Warriors grabbed the top spot for the second straight season as the team with the highest payroll in the NBA with $178.2 million.

The winner of three championships in the last decade is one of the favorites to claim another title this year in the basketball odds, especially with the return of key players, Klay Thompson and James Wiseman, from injuries.

As of Jan. 21, the Warriors’ NBA championship odds are +450. Stephen Curry’s NBA odds of winning MVP are +170.

Which NBA team spent the least money in 2021?

The Oklahoma City Thunder only spent a total of $78.1 million, sitting as the team with the lowest payroll in the ongoing season. The Thunder failed to even break into the $100 million mark.

That’s mainly because of its young roster, with an average age of 22.9, consisting of players on their rookie contracts. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is their only player on a max contract who signed an extension worth $172 million over five years this past offseason.

Which is the average payroll for NBA teams in 2021?

During the 2021-22 season, the average payroll for an NBA team was $135,434,633

NBA Teams With Highest Payrolls in 2021-2022

TEAM TOTAL PAYROLL
Golden State Warriors $178,242,289
Brooklyn Nets $174,283,756
Los Angeles Clippers $167,940,055
Los Angeles Lakers $163,850,938
Utah Jazz $154,707,261
Milwaukee Bucks $153,928,236
Portland Trail Blazers $148,238,075
Boston Celtics $142,524,201
Philadelphia 76ers $142,236,933
Miami Heat $139,555,448
Minnesota Timberwolves $137,123,980
Denver Nuggets $137,123,980
Washington Wizards $135,998,149
Cleveland Cavaliers $135,835,050
Chicago Bulls $135,725,596
Toronto Raptors $134,653,271
Atlanta Hawks $134,222,983
Indiana Pacers $134,013,812
Phoenix Suns $129,813,909
Sacramento Kings $129,764,424
Houston Rockets $127,342,732
Detroit Pistons $125,295,170
San Antonio Spurs $120,320,886
Dallas Mavericks $120,219,547
Orlando Magic $119,945,554
New York Knicks $118,202,331
Charlotte Hornets $115,954,781
New Orleans Pelicans $114,929,039
Memphis Grizzlies $112,867,709
Oklahoma City Thunder $78,178,900

 

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.