25 Biggest Contracts in the NBA
Some of the people on this list may surprise you, others probably will, a few definitely will. Big money has been circling the NBA in recent years as the organization continues to grow, and everyone involved has had a taste. As the NBA continues to rise and compete against the NFL, the largest contract today has nearly doubled the salary of the largest contract in 2006.
Here are currently the 25 biggest contracts in the NBA by yearly Salary.
25. Andre Drummond
Andre is averaging about 19 points per game on 52% shooting and averages 16 rebounds per game. He’s an animal at 25 years old and is only going to get even better.
24. Anthony Davis
23. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal and John Wall arguably make up a top 3 NBA back-court, yet the team is still struggling to be a contender in the East. Although Beal is still a strong addition at shooting guard, he’s been statistically declining the last two seasons.
22. Joel Embiid
Now recognized as the best center in the league, the Sixers are all in on the process. Joel is averaging nearly 28 ppg 13 rpg & 2 bpg this season.
21. Andrew Wiggins
20. Carmelo Anthony
His career with the Hawks only lasted hours, but he made them count. Unfortunately for Carmelo, since the Hawks buyout, he has signed with the Rockets to then be released after only 10 games. His season is now in complete turmoil as he looks to bounce back or possibly retire.
19. CJ McCollum
18. Jrue Holiday
Jrue is emerging as one of the best guards in the NBA. In 2016, Jrue took time off from Basketball when his pregnant wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Thankfully, both his wife and his daughter are healthy and since have been able to watch Jrue rise in the league.
17. Otto Porter
There’s been a lot faith placed in this young talent. While the Wizards have themselves a forward with plenty of potential, we are still waiting to see Ottos’ game blossom.
16. Chris Bosh
Most of us weren’t even aware that the Miami Heat are still paying Chris Bosh. If Chris didn’t have to endure the career ending blood clots, he would of been a lethal and versatile scorer in today’s NBA.
15. Demar DeRozan
14. Damian Lillard
13. Al Horford
Easily one of the most underrated centers in the NBA, Al Horford was a great addition for the Celtics in 2016. After Kyrie Irving suffered the season ending injury, Al Horford was able to step up and lead the Celtics to Eastern Conference Championship along the side of Bostons’ young talent.
12. Paul Millsap
11. Kevin Durant
After KDs’ recent beef with Draymond, a lot of rumors have been lurking that Kevin Durant is tired of not being the highest paid athlete in the NBA. Kevin might not be opposed to leaving Golden State for the right price. The drama keeps heating up as the season goes on…
10. James Harden
9. Mike Conley Jr.
Most feel that Zack Randolph & Marc Gasol were the power behind the Grizzlies’ success over the last several seasons, but Conley is a top defender at point guard, a career 38% 3pt shooter, and a top scorer on the Grizzlies the last 2 seasons.
8. Paul George
Recognized as one of the most skilled 2 way shooting guards in the league, it shouldn’t be a shock that Paul George made this list. Russell Westbrook sold George on the idea of loyalty in OKC, and the franchise has awarded him for taking the leap of faith.
7. Kyle Lowry
Lowry is now playing along the side of Kawhi Leonard in Toronto and the Raptors are off to great start. Lowry is having himself an MVP caliber season, averaging over 10 assists per game. We’ll see if Kyle Lowry can shake the label of being a notorious playoff choke artist as Toronto looks to make a push into the finals for the first time in Franchise history.
6. Gordon Hayward
Coming off a gruesome leg & ankle injury last season, Hayward now looks to remind us why he’s a top small forward in the NBA in an effort to bring Boston a NBA title with Kyrie Irving.
5. Blake Griffin
Blake has fell off the radar shortly after his trade to Detroit; but this season he’s off to a hot start. Blake is averaging a career high 24.5 ppg and dropped 50 points this season against the Sixers.
(Tie) 2. LeBron James
The bulk of NBA fans would agree that LeBron is the best player in the NBA; therefore he should be cashing the biggest checks. However, that’s not the way NBA business always goes. LeBron is now a Los Angeles Laker going into his 16th season after averaging 27ppg 8.6apg 9rpg on 54% shooting.
(Tie) 2. Chris Paul
Many find it hard to believe that Chris Paul would be paid more than James Harden, but as we saw in last years Western Conference Finals, the Rockets need Paul to finally knock off the Warriors.
(Tie) 2. Russell Westbrook
1. Stephen Curry
Love him or hate him, Curry is the center piece of one the best dynasties in NBA history. He is a 2x NBA MVP, 3x NBA Finals Champion, arguably the greatest shooter ever, and one of the main reasons Kevin Durant signed with Golden State.