NBA’s Top 50 Highest-Paid Players For 2020/21

While many of the NBA’s highest-paid players are on contracts considered maximum-salary deals, the 2020/21 salaries for those players vary significantly depending on when the player signed his contract and how much NBA experience he has. That’s why a player like Stephen Curry will earn nearly $16MM more than Brandon Ingram in ’20/21 despite both stars technically being on max deals.

When a player signs a maximum-salary contract, he doesn’t necessarily earn the NBA max for each season of that contract — he earns the max in year one, then gets a series of identical annual raises. In Curry’s case, his 2020/21 salary actually exceeds this year’s maximum, since his deal started in the summer of 2017 and includes 8% annual raises. The annual cap increases haven’t kept up with those 8% raises.

Listed below, with the help of salary data from Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, are the top 50 highest-paid NBA players for the 2020/21 season. The players on this list don’t necessarily have the contracts with the largest overall value. The list below only considers salaries for ’20/21.

Additionally, we’ve noted players who could potentially increase their earnings via incentives or trade bonuses. We didn’t add those notes for players like Curry who have trade bonuses but are already earning the maximum — their salaries for this season can’t increase beyond their max.

The cutoff for a spot on this year’s top-50 list is a $21.25MM salary, so players like Pacers teammates Victor Oladipo ($21MM) and Malcolm Brogdon ($20.7MM) just missed out.

Here are the NBA’s 50 highest-paid players for the 2020/21 season:

  1. Stephen Curry, Warriors: $43,006,362
  2. Chris Paul, Suns: $41,358,814
    Russell Westbrook, Wizards: $41,358,814
  3. James Harden, Rockets: $41,254,920
    John Wall, Rockets: $41,254,920
  4. Kevin Durant, Nets: $40,108,950
  5. LeBron James, Lakers: $39,219,566
  6. Blake Griffin, Pistons: $36,810,996
  7. Paul George, Clippers: $35,450,412
  8. Klay Thompson, Warriors: $35,361,360
  9. Mike Conley, Jazz: $34,502,132
  10. Jimmy Butler, Heat: $34,379,100
    Kawhi Leonard, Clippers: $34,379,100
    Kemba Walker, Celtics: $34,379,100
  11. Tobias Harris, Sixers: $34,358,850
  12. Kyrie Irving, Nets: $33,460,350 (plus incentives; 15% trade kicker)
  13. Khris Middleton, Bucks: $33,051,724
  14. Anthony Davis, Lakers: $32,742,000
  15. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers: $31,626,953
  16. Kevin Love, Cavaliers: $31,258,256
  17. Pascal Siakam, Raptors: $30,559,200
    Ben Simmons, Sixers: $30,559,200
  18. Kyle Lowry, Raptors: $30,500,000
  19. Steven Adams, Pelicans: $29,592,695
  20. Joel Embiid, Sixers: $29,542,010
    Nikola Jokic, Nuggets: $29,542,010
    Andrew Wiggins, Warriors: $29,542,010
  21. Devin Booker, Suns: $29,467,800
    Kristaps Porzingis, Mavericks: $29,467,800
    Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves: $29,467,800
  22. CJ McCollum, Trail Blazers: $29,354,152
  23. Bradley Beal, Wizards: $28,751,774
    Andre Drummond, Cavaliers: $28,751,774
  24. D’Angelo Russell, Timberwolves: $28,649,250
  25. Gordon Hayward, Hornets: $28,500,000
  26. Otto Porter Jr., Bulls: $28,489,239
  27. DeMar DeRozan, Spurs: $27,739,975
  28. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: $27,528,088
  29. Rudy Gobert, Jazz: $27,525,281 (plus incentives)
  30. Al Horford, Thunder: $27,500,000
  31. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans: $27,285,000
    Jamal Murray, Nuggets: $27,285,000
  32. Nikola Vucevic, Magic: $26,000,000
  33. Jrue Holiday, Pelicans: $25,876,111 (plus incentives)
  34. Buddy Hield, Kings: $24,701,834 (plus incentives)
  35. LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs: $24,000,000 (15% trade kicker)
  36. Jaylen Brown, Celtics: $23,735,118 (plus incentives)
  37. Draymond Green, Warriors: $22,246,956 (15% trade kicker)
  38. Harrison Barnes, Kings: $22,215,909
  39. Fred VanVleet, Raptors: $21,250,000

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