top 10 nba money makers

1. LeBron James — $387.3 million

LeBron James yells in celebration during a game in 2021.
LeBron James. 

Age: 37

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Awards: 4x MVP, 4x Finals MVP, 18x All-Star, 18x All-NBA

Career stats: 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists

Current contract: 2 years, $85 million

One thing to know: James signed a two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers this week, which will help push his career earnings over the half billion mark. And with the way James is still playing, it’s not out of the question he signs another big deal after that.

2. Chris Paul — $330.7 million

Chris Paul looks on during an NBA game.
Chris Paul. 

Age: 37

Team: Phoenix Suns

Awards: 12x All-Star, 11x All-NBA

Career stats: 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists

Current contract: 4 years, $120 million

One thing to know: Paul, who took less than the maximum last summer to stay with Phoenix, hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, as he led the NBA in assists last year — his 17th in the league.

3. Kevin Durant — $306.1 million

Kevin Durant looks on during a game.
Kevin Durant. 

Age: 33

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Awards: 1x MVP, 12x All-Star, 10x All-NBA

Career stats: 27.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists

Current contract: 4 years, $194 million

One thing to know: Durant’s $194 million extension, which he signed last summer, kicks in this year, but he has requested a trade from the Nets.

4. Russell Westbrook — $288.5 million

Russell Westbrook looks on during a game.
Russell Westbrook. 

Age: 33

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Awards: 1x MVP, 9x All-Star, 9x All-NBA

Career stats: 22.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists

Current contract: 5 years, $206 million

One thing to know: Westbrook is in the final year of his contract, set to make $44 million this season. His play has declined, however, making his contract an albatross and all but impossible to trade.

5. James Harden — $268.6 million

James Harden looks on while resting his hands on his knees during a game.
James Harden. 

Age: 32

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Awards: 1x MVP, 10x All-Star, 7x All-NBA, Sixth Man of the Year

Career stats: 24.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists

Current contract: 2 years, $68 million

One thing to know: Harden took a significant discount with the 76ers this off-season, perhaps the result of a down year in 2021-22. But it also helped the Sixers built a formidable squad that should compete for a championship next spring.

6. Carmelo Anthony — $262.5 million

Carmelo Anthony yells while on the court in 2022.
Carmelo Anthony. 

Age: 38

Team: Free agent

Awards: 10x All-Star, 8x All-NBA

Career stats: 22.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists

Current contract: n/a

One thing to know: Anthony is just 307 points away from passing Shaquille O’Neal for 10th all time in points.

7. Blake Griffin — $255.7 million

Blake Griffin holds his hands to his chest during a game.
Blake Griffin in 2022. 

Age: 33

Team: Free agent

Awards: 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA

Career stats: 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists

Current contract: n/a

One thing to know: Griffin is only three years removed from an All-NBA season. He has certainly lost a step since, and he fell out of favor with the Nets last year, but he might still have more to offer a contender in a limited role.

8. Stephen Curry — $254.7 million

Stephen Curry looks off and smiles during an NBA Finals game.
Stephen Curry. 

Age: 34

Team: Golden State Warriors

Awards: 2X MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-Star, 8x All-NBA

Career stats: 24.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists

Current contract: 4 years, $215 million

One thing to know: Curry was once underpaid, becoming MVP on a four-year, $44 million contract. Last summer, he became the first player to ever sign a second $200 million deal.

9. Dwight Howard — $245.1 million

Dwight Howard looks on during a game in 2022.
Dwight Howard in 2022. 

Age: 36

Team: Free agent

Awards: 8x All-Star, 8x All-NBA, 3x Defensive Player of the Year, 5x All-Defensive

Career stats: 15.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Current contract: n/a

One thing to know: Howard ranks ninth in all-time earnings, but he has never signed a deal worth over $100 million, a sign of his longevity in the league.

10. Al Horford — $239.1 million

Al Horford flexes during a game in 2022.
Al Horford in 2022. 

Age: 36

Team: Boston Celtics

Awards: 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x All-Defensive

Career stats: 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists

Current contract: 4 years, $109 million

One thing to know: According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Horford has only $14.5 million of his $26.5 million salary guaranteed, but it becomes fully guaranteed if he wins the Finals. The Celtics are currently the betting favorites to win the championship.

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