The Top 20 Highest-Paid Players in the NBA (2014-15)

Carmelo Anthony And Kobe Bryant, Together Making $46M This Season, Steer Teams With A Combined Record Of 23-83 At The Midpoint Of 2014-15

Carmelo Anthony And Kobe Bryant, Together Making $46M This Season, Steer Teams With A Combined Record Of 23-83 At The Midpoint Of 2014-15

The league-leading Golden State Warriors, 42-9, have just one of the top 20 highest-paid players in the NBA, and that’s only because Amar’e Stoudemire‘s $23.4M dropped off the list after his buyout with the New York Knicks to make room.

The Atlanta Hawks, the second-best team in the league and best Eastern Conference team at 43-11, have none. The first Hawk, Al Horford, comes in at 48th with $12M cannolis. Atlanta’s total 2104-15 payroll is just $58.2M.

Who won the NBA title last season? Oh, the San Antonio Spurs, in the mix again at 34-19. Not one player on the list.

Six of the top nine highest-paid players this season play on losing teams, including the top three: Kobe Bryant (again No. 1, six years in a row), Joe Johnson and Carmelo Anthony. Together, their teams have a W-L record of 44-114. Yikes.

The 21-31 Brooklyn Nets are still paying three of the top-paid.

On top of all that, some of these players, including Bryant, likely Anthony and Paul George, are out for the season. Overall, the 20 highest paid players in the NBA have played in 76 percent of their teams’ games.

What are we paying for, here?

PLAYER 2014-15 SALARY TEAM (REC.)
GAMES PLAYED (GP) TEAM GP % TEAM GP PLAYED
1. Kobe Bryant $23,500,000 Los Angeles Lakers (13-40)
35 53 66%
2. Joe Johnson $23,180,790 Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
50 52 96%
3. Carmelo Anthony $22,458,000 New York Knicks (10-43)
40 53 75%
4. Dwight Howard $21,436,271 Houston Rockets (36-17)
32 53 60%
5. Chris Bosh $20,644,400 Miami Heat (22-30)
44 52 85%
5. LeBron James $20,644,400 Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22)
45 55 82%
7. Chris Paul $20,068,563 Los Angeles Clippers (35-19)
54 54 100%
8. Deron Williams $19,754,465 Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
38 52 73%
9. Rudy Gay $19,317,325 Sacramento Kings (18-34)
48 52 92%
10. Kevin Durant $18,995,624 Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25)
26 53 49%
11. Derrick Rose $18,862,875 Chicago Bulls (34-20)
43 54 80%
12. Blake Griffin $17,674,612 Los Angeles Clippers (35-19)
51 54 94%
13. Zach Randolph $16,500,000 Memphis Grizzlies (39-14)
44 53 83%
14. LaMarcus Aldridge $16,006,000 Portland Trail Blazers (36-17)
47 53 89%
15. Paul George $15,925,680 Indiana Pacers (21-33)
0 54 0%
16. Marc Gasol $15,829,688 Memphis Grizzlies (39-14)
53 53 100%
17. Brook Lopez $15,719,063 Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
42 52 81%
18. Russell Westbrook $15,719,062 Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25)
39 53 74%
18. Kevin Love $15,719,062 Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22)
52 55 95%
20. David Lee $15,012,000 Golden State Warriors (42-9)
27 51 53%
TOTAL 810 1,061 76%

Photo: Jeff Gross, Getty via nydailynews.com

Posted on February 17, 2015, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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