NBA players are currently the best paid professional athletes in the world. They earn a whole lot of money and with the salary cap expected to increase next year, they will make even more. The following list is made up of the 1o highest-paid NBA players in the 2017/2018 season. Some names on the list might surprise you.
10. DeMar DeRozan, $27,739,975
The TorontoRaptors All-Star guard is in the second season of a 5-year, $139 million deal that includes a player option in 2020.
9. James Harden, $28,299,399
James Harden signed a four-year, $118 million deal in 2016 to stick with the Rockets. This past offseason, the MVP candidate re-upped with Houston for a four-year, $169.3 million partnership that starts in the 2019 season.
8. Mike Conley, $28,530,608
The Grizzlies point guard is in the second season of a five-year, $152.6 million pact. As recently as 2016, Mike Conley was the highest-paid player in the league.
7. Russell Westbrook, $28,530,608
Russell Westbrook is currently in the second year of a three-year, $85.6 million extension he signed in 2016. The Thunder guard scored an extension this summer worth $205 million over five years that goes into effect in the 2019 season.
6. Kyle Lowry, $28,703,704
The Raptors point guard went from making $12 million per year to signing a three-year, $100 million last summer. Kyle Lowry is signed with the Raptors through 2020.
5. Blake Griffin, $29,727,900
The former Rookie of the Year signed a five-year, $171.2 million deal in the offseason with the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin was then traded to the Detroit Pistons in January. He can opt-out of the final year of his deal, worth $39 million, in 2021.
4. Gordon Hayward, $29,727,900
Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $127.8 million deal this offseason to join the Boston Celtics. The former Jazz star suffered a broken ankle in his first game with Boston. He has a $34.1 million player option in 2020.
3. Paul Millsap, $31,269,231
The Nuggets forward is in the first year of a two-year, $61 million deal that includes a team option in 2019 for $30 million.
2. LeBron James, $33,285,709
James is in the second season of a three-year, $99.9 million pact. The Cavaliers star has the right to opt-out of the final year of his contract in the offseason.
1. Stephen Curry, $33,285,709
The two-time MVP signed a massive five-year, $201.2 million extension with the Warriors in the offseason. Curry is signed through the 2022 season.