The Top 20 Highest-Paid Players in the NBA (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.
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|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)
|2.||Joe Johnson||$23,180,790||Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
|3.||Carmelo Anthony||$22,458,000||New York Knicks (10-43)
|4.||Dwight Howard||$21,436,271||Houston Rockets (36-17)
|5.||Chris Bosh||$20,644,400||Miami Heat (22-30)
|5.||LeBron James||$20,644,400||Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22)
|7.||Chris Paul||$20,068,563||Los Angeles Clippers (35-19)
|8.||Deron Williams||$19,754,465||Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
|9.||Rudy Gay||$19,317,325||Sacramento Kings (18-34)
|10.||Kevin Durant||$18,995,624||Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25)
|11.||Derrick Rose||$18,862,875||Chicago Bulls (34-20)
|12.||Blake Griffin||$17,674,612||Los Angeles Clippers (35-19)
|13.||Zach Randolph||$16,500,000||Memphis Grizzlies (39-14)
|14.||LaMarcus Aldridge||$16,006,000||Portland Trail Blazers (36-17)
|15.||Paul George||$15,925,680||Indiana Pacers (21-33)
|16.||Marc Gasol||$15,829,688||Memphis Grizzlies (39-14)
|17.||Brook Lopez||$15,719,063||Brooklyn Nets (21-31)
|18.||Russell Westbrook||$15,719,062||Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25)
|18.||Kevin Love||$15,719,062||Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22)
|20.||David Lee||$15,012,000||Golden State Warriors (42-9)
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