It’s no secret that some of the major players in the NBA are bringing in salaries that are over the top and insanely high for their efforts to make their teams the top ranked in the nation. Basketball is a big money sport and the top players not only bring in huge annual salaries, most also make millions for on top of that in royalties and endorsements. Here are the 20 richest NBA players for 2019 with the highest salaries, ranked in order.
20. Bradley Beal – Salary: $25,434,263
Bradley Beal is the shooting guard for the Washington Wizards. He signed a contract with the Wizards that gives his a 2019 salary of just a hair under $25.5 million for the season. Bradley shoots right and he goes by a variety of nicknames including Blue Magic, Big Panda and Real Dea.
19. Andrew Wiggins – Salary: $25,467,250
Wiggins is the small forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2017, he signed a four year contract with the team that is valued at $147.71 million. He was the 2014 number one pick and will be at free agent status in 2023.
18. Joel Embiid – Salary: $25.467,250
Joel Embiid plays the center for the Philadelphia 76ers. He signed a 5 year contract with the team valued at $147.71 million. He was a round 1, #3 draft pick in 2014. He will attain free agent status in 2023. His base salary is $25,467,250, tying him with the 20th richest NBA player, and former college teammate, Andrew Wiggins.
17. C.J. McCollum – Salary: $25,759,766
C.J. McCollum is the shooting guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6 ft 3 27 year old from Canton, Ohio was a 2013 #10 draft pick. According to the contract he signed with the Trail Blazers, the Lehigh College alum will bring in $27,556,959 for the 2019-2020 season and $29,354,152 for the 2020-2021 year. McCollum signed a four year contract in 2017, valued at $106.6 million and will be a free agent after the 2020-2021 year.
16. Jrue Holiday – Salary: $26,641,111
Jrue Holiday is a guard with the New Orleans Pelicans. He signed a five year contract with the New Pelicans in 2017. The contract is valued at $131.81 million and it does provide an opt out clause after the 2020-2021 season is over. Included in the contract is an incentive bonus potential of $255,000 more if he plays 67 games and averages 3.15 rebounds.
15. Otto Porter Jr. – Salary: $26,011,913
Otto Porter Jr. is a small forward with the Washington Wizards. He was the 2013 NBA draft third pick, who signed a four year contract with the Wizards valued at $106.52 million. As a condition of the contract, he reserves the right to opt out of the contract he signed with the team after the completion of the 2019-2020 season. He’s the fifteenth highest paid player in the NBA for 2019 and currently has an estimated net worth of more than $13 million.
14. DeMar DeRozan – Salary: $27,739,975
DeMar DeRozan was a shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors. In 2016, he signed a five year contract with the team that was valued at $129 million over the 5 year period of time, but he was traded to the San Antonio spurs where he is paid a base salary of $27,739,975, so close you gotta call it $27.74 million. He has the option of opting out of his contract with the team after completion of the 2019-2020 season.
13. Damian Lillard – Salary: $27.98 million
Damian Lillard is the point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. He signed a five year contract with the Trail Blazers that is valued at $139.89 million, moving him up into the thirteenth position of our highest paid NBA players for the 201-2019 season. Lillard made the agreement back in 2016 as an extension and he will become a free agent on the NBA market after the completion of the 2020-2021 basketball season.
12. Al Horford – Salary: $28,845,433
Al Horford signed a contract with the Boston Celtics in a four year agreement that is valued at $113 million. The contract was signed in 2016 and the center player is entering the final year of the agreement with the Celtics. He will be the second highest paid player on the Boston Celtics team for next year and he is currently the twelfth highest salaried player within the ranks of the NBA. In addition to his contract with Boston, Horford has also made agreements for endorsements for a wide variety of brands which also augment his personal wealth, but for the purposes of our list, his 2018-2019 NBA salary is $28,845,433 and it will get a significant bump for the 2019-2020 year to $30,036,000, which is highly likely to boost him on the list for next year. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019-2020 season in 2019-20. Horford will then be an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2019-20 campaign.
11. Paul Millsap – Salary: $29.23 million
Paul Millsap signed a two year contract with the Denver Nuggets in 2017. The agreement was valued at $61 million with an addition possibility for extending the contract to a value of $90 million if the option for a third season with the Nuggets is agreed upon.
10. Kevin Durant – Salary: $30,000,000
Kevin Durant agreed to the signing of a two year contract with the Golden State Warriors. The agreement is valued at $61.5 million but it did give him the choice of opting out during the off season. It’s worth noting that the New York Knicks had an interest in bringing him on board. The wording of his contract also gives him the privilege of vetoing any trade. The Golden State Forward is the fifth highest paid forward this year in the NBA as well as the second best player on the Warrior’s team and it looks like it’s going to remain that way in terms of pay rank for Golden State when his salary jumps to $31.5 million.
9. Paul George – Salary: $30.6 million
Paul George is the ninth highest paid player in the NBA for 2019. In 2018 he signed a contract with the Oklahoma Thunder that is valued at $137 million for a four year term. This salary for 2019 is $30.6 million which places him in our top ten category. He also has endorsements which are estimated to be worth an extra $8 million on top of that.
8. James Harden – Salary: $30,421,854
James Harden is the point guard for the Houston Rockets. He initially signed a contract extension that is good through the 2019-20 season valued at $118.1 million. He recently signed another extension that is valued at $228 million and will take him through the 2022-2023 season with the Rockets. This contract is somewhat of a historical event because it’s the largest deal in the history of the NBA so far. Although his current contract will net him $30.42 million for the 2019 year, his salary is expected to take a jump all the way up to $37.8 million, topping out at $46.8 million by the expiration of the contract after the 2022-2023 season.
7. Mike Conley – Salary: $30,5 21,115
Mike Conley is the point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies and the seventh highest paid player in the NBA. Conley agreed to a five-year, $153 million max contract with Memphis in 2016, which at the time was the richest deal in NBA history. He can be terminated from his deal in 2020-21, but would receive $22.4 million of his guaranteed $34.5 million salary.
6. Kyle Lowry – Salary: $31,200,000
Kyle Lowry is the point guard for the Toronto Raptors. He is the sixth highest paid player in the NBA organization for 2019. He signed a 3 year contract with the raptors that is valued at $90 million.
5. Gordon Hayward – Salary: $31,214,295
Gordon Hayward is the S forward with the Boston Celtics tam. He signed a four year agreement with the team that is valued at $128 million. Hayward is the highest paid player for the Boston Celtics this year and it’s projected that he’ll maintain that status in the upcoming year. He’s currently the fifth highest player in the NBA.
4. Blake Griffin – Salary: $32.1 million
Blake Griffin is the fourth highest paid player in the NBA for 2019. His salary and bonuses are $32.1 million and he also has endorsements that are estimated at $7 million per year. He signed a five year contract with the L.A. Clippers that is valued at $171 million as an extension. Griffin owns his own production company called Mortal Media and he also has deals struck for sponsorship with Nike and Red Bull.
3. Chris Paul – Salary: $35,654,150
Chris Paul is a point guard with the Houston Rockets. Paul was a 2005 round 1 #4 draft pick. He signed a contract that runs through the 2021-2022 season and is valued at $115,519,446. His salary for 2019 is $35,654,150. It will increase to $38,506,482 for the next year, jumping up to $41,358,814 by the final year. He is currently the third highest paid player in the NBA for 2019, according to Spotrac.
2. Russell Westbrook – Salary: $35,654,150
Russell Westbrook is currently the second highest paid player in the NBA. He is a point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He attended College at the University of California in Los Angeles. He was the 2008 number four draft pick.
1. Stephen Curry – Salary: $37,457,154
The highest paid player in the NBA for 2019 is Stephen Curry. Curry is a point guard for the Golden State Warriors. He signed a contract with the Warriors that will run through the 2021-2020 playing season. Stephen will receive a bump in pay for the 2019-2020 season to $40,231,758. In the 2020-2021 season, his salary will increase again to $43,006,362 and by the end of the contract in the 2021-2022 season he will make an amazing $45,780,966, unless something changes between then and now. The current contract that Curry has with Golden State includes a trade kicker. Stephen Curry is setting all kinds of records this year and it looks like he’s going to repeat it again next year. He’s currently the highest paid player in the NBA as well as the Golden State Warriors and he’s also the highest paid point guard. He’s a phenomenal player and well worth what Golden State is willing to offer to keep him on board with the team. Curry isn’t the richest NBA player of all time because others like LeBron James have the whole endorsement thing going on that has elevated their personal net worth by tens of millions, but Stephen Curry brings in the highest salary of them all in the NBA.