Basketball player Stephen Curry dribbling the ball while LeBron James plays defense against him
Once again, Steph and LeBron are among the NBA’s most expensive players. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
PLAYERS & TEAM EARNINGS

Highest-paid NBA Players of 2021-22

From LeBron and KD to Steph and Giannis and beyond, Boardroom highlights the top 50 most expensive basketball players of 2022 by total salary.

Who’s the highest-paid player in the NBA? For now, it’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. In a few months, the answer gets more complicated.

Right now, the Greek Freak’s supermax deal is worth $228.2 million, an NBA record for total value. If you’re more into average annual value over the course of a contract, he also leads the league in that metric at $45.64 million per season. For the moment.

Stephen Curry signed a mammoth four-year extension that will take him through the 2025-26 season with Golden State. He’ll earn $48.07 next season, and his salary number only increasing from there. Over the life of the deal, Curry will earn an average of $53.84 million per year — a new record — and $215.35 million total.

For now, however, let’s dive into the full money breakdown for 2021-22, a season in which 50 different players are making at least $20 million.

(And check out Boardroom’s salary roundups for NFL and MLB players, too.)

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Highest-paid NBA Players of 2022 by Total Salary

All salary figures via Spotrac.

1. Warriors PG Stephen Curry: $45,780,966
  • Contract: 5 years, $201,158,790 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $40,231,758
t-2. 76ers PG James Harden: $44,310,840
  • Contract: 4 years, $171,131,520 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $42,782,880
t-2. Rockets PG John Wall: $44,310,840
  • Contract: 4 years, $171,131,520 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $42,782,880
4. Lakers PG Russell Westbrook: $44,211,146
  • Contract: 5 years, $206,794,070 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $41,358,814
5. Nets SF Kevin Durant: $42,018,900
  • Contract: 4 years, $164,255,700
  • Average annual value: $41,063,925
6. Lakers SF LeBron James: $41,180,544
  • Contract: 2 years, $85,655,532
  • Average annual value: $42,827,766
t-7. Bucks PF Giannis Antetokounmpo: $39,344,900
  • Contract: 5 years, $228,200,420 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $45,640,084
t-7. Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard: $39,344,900
  • Contract: 4 years, $176,265,152 (supermax)
  • Average annual value: $44,066,288
t-7. Clippers SF Kawhi Leonard: $39,344,900
  • Contract: 4 years, $176,265,152
  • Average annual value: $44,066,288
t-7. Clippers SG/SF Paul George: $39,344,900
  • Contract: 4 years, $176,265,466
  • Average annual value: $44,066,367
11. Warriors SG Klay Thompson: $37,980,720
  • Contract: 5 years, $189,903,600
  • Average annual value: $37,980,720
12. Heat SG/SF Jimmy Butler: $36,016,200
  • Contract: 4 years, $140,790,600
  • Average annual value: $35,197,650
13. 76ers SF Tobias Harris: $35,995,950
  • Contract: 5 years, $180,000,000
  • Average annual value: $36,000,000
14. Bucks SG/SF Khris Middleton: $35,500,000
  • Contract: 5 years, $177,500,000
  • Average annual value: $35,500,000
15. Lakers PF Anthony Davis: $35,361,360
  • Contract: 5 years, $189,903,600
  • Average annual value: $37,980,720
16. Jazz C Rudy Gobert: $35,344,828
  • Contract: 5 years, $205,000,002
  • Average annual value: $41,000,000
17. Nets PG Kyrie Irving: $35,328,700
  • Contract: 4 years, $136,490,600
  • Average annual value: $34,122,650
18. Wizards SG Bradley Beal: $33,724,200
  • Contract: 2 years, $70,146,336
  • Average annual value: $35,073,168
19. Raptors PF Pascal Siakam: $33,003,936
  • Contract: 4 years, $136,905,216
  • Average annual value: $34,226,304
20. Bucks PG/SG Jrue Holiday: $32,431,333
  • Contract: 4 years, $134,997,333
  • Average annual value: $33,749,333
t-21. Suns SG Devin Booker: $31,650,600
  • Contract: 5 years, $158,253,000
  • Average annual value: $31,650,600
t-21. Timberwolves PF/C Karl-Anthony Towns: $31,650,600
  • Contract: 5 years, $158,253,000
  • Average annual value: $31,650,600
t-23. 76ers C Joel Embiid: $31,579,390
  • Contract: 5 years $147,710,050 (supermax extension begins 2023-24)
  • Average annual value: $29,542,010
t-23. Nuggets C Nikola Jokic: $31,579,390
  • Contract: 5 years, $147,710,050
  • Average annual value: $29,542,010
t-23. Warriors SF Andrew Wiggins: $31,579,390
  • Contract: 5 years, $147,710,050
  • Average annual value: $29,542,010
26. Cavaliers PF Kevin Love: $31,258,256
  • Contract: 4 years, $120,402,172
  • Average annual value: $30,100,543
27. Suns PG Chris Paul: $30,800,000
  • Contract: 4 years, $120,000,000
  • Average annual value: $30,000,000
28. Timerwolves PG/SG D’Angelo Russell: $30,013,500
  • Contract: 4 years, $117,325,500
  • Average annual value: $29,331,375
29. Hornets SF Gordon Hayward: $29,925,000
  • Contract: 4 years, $120,000,000
  • Average annual value: $30,000,000
t-30. Nuggets PG Jamal Murray: $29,467,800
  • Contract: 5 years, $158,253,000
  • Average annual value: $31,650,600
t-30. Pelicans SF Brandon Ingram: $29,467,800
  • Contract: 5 years, $158,253,000
  • Average annual value: $31,650,600
t-32. Celtics SF/PF Jayson Tatum: $28,103,500
  • Contract: 5 years, $163,000,300
  • Average annual value: $32,600,060
t-32. Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell: $28,103,500
  • Contract: 5 years, $163,000,300
  • Average annual value: $32,600,060
t-32. Heat PF/C Bam Adebayo: $28,103,500
  • Contract: 5 years, $163,000,300
  • Average annual value: $32,600,060
t-32. Kings PG De’Aaron Fox: $28,103,500
  • Contract: 5 years, $163,000,300
  • Average annual value: $32,600,060
36. Celtics PF/C Al Horford: $27,000,000
  • Contract: 4 years, $109,000,000
  • Average annual value: $27,250,000
37. Heat PG Kyle Lowry: $26,984,128
  • Contract: 3 years, $85,000,002
  • Average annual value: $28,333,334
38. Bulls SG/SF DeMar DeRozan: $26,000,000
  • Contract: 3 years, $81,900,000
  • Average annual value: $27,300,000
39. Celtics SG/SF Jaylen Brown: $25,312,500
  • Contract: 4 years, $106,333,334
  • Average annual value: $26,583,334
40. Warriors PF/C Draymond Green: $24,026,712
  • Contract: 4 years, $99,666,362
  • Average annual value: $24,916,591
41. Bulls C Nikola Vucevic: $24,000,000
  • Contract: 4 years, $100,000,000
  • Average annual value: $25,000,000
42. Hawks PF John Collins: $23,000,000
  • Contract: 5 years, $125,000,000
  • Average annual value: $25,000,000
43. Pacers PG/SG Malcolm Brogdon: $21,700,000
  • Contract: 4 years, $85,000,000
  • Average annual value: $21,250,000
44. Mavericks SG Tim Hardaway Jr.: $21,306,816
  • Contract: 4 years, $75,000,000
  • Average annual value: $18,750,000
45. Jazz PG Mike Conley Jr.: $21,000,000
  • Contract: 3 years, $68,040,000
  • Average annual value: $22,680,000
46. Magic SG Gary Harris: $20,482,143
  • Contract: 4 years, $84,000,000
  • Average annual value: $21,000,000
47. Hawks PF Danilo Gallinari: $20,475,000
  • Contract: 3 years, $61,425,000
  • Average annual value: $20,475,000
48. Kings SF Harrison Barnes: $20,284,091
  • Contract: 4 years, $85,000,000
  • Average annual value: $21,250,000
49. Pistons PF Jerami Grant: $20,002,500
  • Contract: 3 years, $60,007,500
  • Average annual value: $20,002,500
50. Cavaliers C Jarrett Allen: $20,000,000
  • Contract: 5 years, $100,000,000
  • Average annual value: $20,000,000
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