The 10 highest-paid NBA players in 2022 by salary

NBA players earn a hell of a lot of money. LeBron James came second in the 2022 world’s highest-paid athletes list. But what about the salaries of the league's other top players?

NBA contracts are complicated. Giannis Antetokounmpo has the biggest contract in the history of the league, signing a $228.2million supermax deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Stephen Curry, on the other hand, will average $40.2m per year with the Golden State Warriors.

Planet Sport gives you the ten highest salaries in the NBA from the 2021/22 campaign, not including off-court earnings, according to ESPN.

=7) Paul George - Los Angeles Clippers

Three players are tied on $39,344,900 earned through salary in 2022. The first of which is George, who was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round draft picks, and the rights to swap two other first round picks in July 2019.

George will earn $176,265,466 over the course of his four-year contract, which ends in 2025, when he will become an unrestricted free agent if he uses his player option the year prior.

=7) Kawhi Leonard - Los Angeles Clippers

George's Clippers teammate, Leonard, will earn the same money salary-wise and has a near-identical contract.

The two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP has earned his money with his two previous teams, winning a championship for the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs. He is yet to win with the Clips and was injured during the playoffs last year which resulted in him missing the entirety of the 21/22 season.

=7) Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers

The first undoubted leader of their team on this list so far, Lillard has been in Portland since he was drafted in 2012. The six-time All-Star will also earn $39,344,900 for his work this season.

Lillard is one of the best three-point shooters and arguably the most loyal player in the league so it is no surprise that the Trail Blazers tied him down on this mammoth contract.

=7) Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks

Another undisputed team leader, Antetokounmpo signed the biggest contract in NBA history in December 2020 and is the only athlete in Forbes' top ten who is in their 20s.

He paid the franchise back almost instantly by guiding them to their first championship since 1971 and the Greek Freak is far from done as he chases down more rings.

6) LeBron James - Los Angeles Lakers

Second in Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes of the year behind Lionel Messi, LeBron earns nearly double his salary off the court through acting, sponsorships and investments.

The first on the list to earn over $40m salary-wise in 2022, the Lakers superstar will rake in $41,180,544 for his work this season.

5) Kevin Durant - Brooklyn Nets

Durant also featured on Forbes' top ten list alongside LeBron and Giannis; coming in sixth place as he will earn $50m off the field and $42,018,900 on it. Not too shabby.

The Brooklyn Nets forward joined his team in 2019 in a sign-and-trade deal and did not appear at all during the 19/20 season after suffering an Achilles injury in the 2019 Finals.

After running the Bucks very close in the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals, Durant was swept for the first time in his career this season.

4) Russell Westbrook - Los Angeles Lakers

James' teammate, Westbrook, is on a higher salary this year, earning a colossal $44,211,146.

The point guard signed a supermax deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019 and has since played for the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, and now the Lakers.

On top of his $44m salary in 21/22, Westbrook has a player option worth $47m next year.

=2) John Wall - Houston Rockets

It has been a rough couple of years for Wall basketball wise, but not bank account wise. Wall was rewarded with a supermax during his time with the Wizards before being traded to the Rockets for Westbrook in 2020.

The 31-year-old was struggling with a heel injury in 18/19 and ruptured his Achilles tendon when he slipped and fell in his home. He did not play again for the Wizards. He featured 40 times for the Rockets in 20/21 before a hamstring problem ended his season.

Wall sat out the entirety of the 21/22 campaign, but still earned $44,310,840.

=2) James Harden - Philadelphia 76ers

Also on $44,310,840 for the season, Harden was traded to the 76ers in February, leaving the Nets after playing 80 games for Steve Nash's team.

Harden played his best basketball for the Rockets, averaging 29.6 PPG across nine seasons for his former ball club.

1) Steph Curry - Golden State Warriors

The highest on-court earner in the NBA, Curry will be paid $45,780,966 for the season after signing a five year $201,158,790 supermax contract.

The Warriors point guard is one of the best to ever do it and is a hugely influential figure, basically reinventing the NBA into the three-point orientated league it is now.

Curry was fifth on Forbes' list, also earning $47m for his off-field work.

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