Today’s athletes are arguably no longer like sports players but world celebrities, with high fame and income due to their achievements.
Many ordinary people often think that high income is only owned by soccer players. Because, this sport is the most famous in the world and profitable.
But in fact, this is not the case. There are still many world athletes from other sports circles, who are also able to reap high salaries, one of which is in basketball.
Just like football, basketball today, especially in the NBA, is very thick with the business world, because its popularity is so high that it makes many advertisements and investors enter.
As a result, the club benefited from obtaining financial coffers. In addition, players have also been sprayed by the payment of very high salaries.
In the NBA itself, the name LeBron James, who last season led the LA Lakers to victory, is not the player with the highest salary in the NBA.
James was paid US $ 37,436,858. James was sixth on last season’s earnings list. In fact there are five players whose salaries are higher than LeBron James. Here’s the list:
1. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) – 40.2 million US dollars
Stephen Curry was able to beat LeBron James in three out of four meetings in the NBA Finals. This time Curry is back ahead of LeBron James in terms of income in the 2019/20 season.
Despite being plagued by injuries and playing only five games last season, Curry won $ 40.2 million. That is the highest salary for the 2020 NBA players.
2. Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder) – US $ 38 million
Chris Paul earned a salary of more than 38 million US dollars in the 2019/20 NBA season. This is the basketball basketball player’s first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, after the 35-year-old previously played with the Houston Rockets.
Paul is predicted to get up to 85 million US dollars over the next two seasons. In match records, Paul scored an average of 17.6 points and 6.7 assists in the regular season.
3. Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets) – 38 million US dollars
Like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook is also a versatile player. Westbrook scored three times the average of the most doubles over the entire season.
He also won the 2017 NBA MVP. In his first season with the Houston Rockets, the player averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game, for a fee of over $ 38 million.
4. John Wall (Washington Wizards) – 37.5 million US dollars
In the 2016/17 season, John Wall served the final year of his contract with the Washington Wizards. He is able to score an average of 23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game.
Then, John Wall made a contract extension for four years worth more than 170 million US dollars. Since then, he has played only 73 games, and last season he did not play due to an Achilles injury.
But in fact, John Wall still has a bigger salary than LeBron James.
5. James Harden – 37.2 million US dollars
Just before the NBA was stopped last March, James Harden was the leader in points scoring with 34.4 points per game. In fact, he has the opportunity to become the top scorer in the league in three consecutive seasons.
Last season, Harden’s salary was exactly the same as John Wall’s, 37.2 million US dollars, or only a few hundred thousand different from LeBron James.