5 Highest Paid Basketball Players

When we watch our favorite teams playing, we also forget that a big portion of sports is business. The trading of players, the buying of teams, the endorsement, it’s all business my friends.

The NBA, though not on the same revenue generating level as soccer, is the third sport after the NFL and MLB with high revenue generation in the U.S. This can be attributed to the rise in TV revenue,  international sports marketing and branding.

While many of the all-time greatest basketball players of the past 20 years have received the highest payment of all time, these years also led to some large contracts for some otherwise mediocre players, or players most people would be surprised to learn are being rewarded heavily.

Here is a list of 5 players who have made at least $142 million.

1. Kevin Garnett

With a record breaking $315,372,398, Garnett’s nine seasons have something to show for. He has also earned $28 million per season.

2. Shaquille O’ Neal

Not one to shy away from the spotlight, O’ Neal’s hefty $292,198,327 reflects his highest season salary reaching for $27.7 million a year. O’Neal has also played in 15 all star games, and 4 championships.

3. Kobe Bryant

The total earnings for Bryant add up to $279,738,062. He has played in 16 all star games and won 5 Championships.

4. Tim Duncan

Duncan has won 5 championships and received a neck breaking $224,709,155 in overall earnings . Duncan’s play has also earned him a $22.2 million salary. What’s not to love?

Spurs' Duncan points to the bench during a break in play against the Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

5. Dirk Nowitzki

With 16 seasons under his belt, Nowitzki earnings amount to $187,675,468.  He is followed by Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, all of whom have earned above the $170,000,000 mark.

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