Top Highest Paid NBA Players 2016-17 Full List

If someone wants to make money while playing sports, Basketball is one of the best options for him. The top National Basketball Association (NBA) players are among the highest paid athletes in the world. Now here is  the most interesting part about NBA contracts is that they are guaranteed which means a player will get paid  according to the contract even if he does not plays the game due to any reason. So to clarify things for you  here is the list of Top 10 highest paid NBA players, 2016.

1. Kobe Bryant
Earnings:  $59.8 million
On-court:  $27.8 million
Off-court: $32   million
Kobe Bryant is perhaps the one of the best professional basketball player of all time. Without any surprise he is the highest paid NBA player. Bryant’s salary of $27.8 million is $7 million higher than any other player’s. Bryant is a 15-time All-Star, 14-time member of the All-NBA team, has won two Olympic gold medals and has the 2nd place in record for the most points ever scored in a single game by one single player.

2. LeBron James
Earnings:  $57.6 million
On-court:  $17.6 million
Off-court: $40   million
LeBron James, nicknamed “King James”, of the Miami Heat ranks second with annual earnings of $57.6 million. He currently has contracts with Nike, Coca-Cola, Samsung and McDonald’s. His original contract with Nike was  worth nearly $90 million alone.

Top Highest Paid NBA Players 2013-14 Full List

3. Derrick Rose
Earnings:  $32.4 million
On-court:  $16.4 million
Off-court: $16   million
Derrick Rose grabs the third position with earnings of $32.4 million. Rose’s income just reached to its  maximum this season with his five year, $95 million contract extension with the Chicago Bulls and then a new  13-year, $185 million deal with Adidas.

4. Dwyane Wade
Earnings:  $30.2 million
On-court:  $17.2 million
Off-court: $13   million
Wade ranks fourth among the highest-paid players with earnings of $30.2 million. His earnings got a boost when  he signed a shoe deal with China’s Li Ning.

5. Kevin Durant
Earnings: $29.7 million
On-court: $16.7 million
Off-court: $13 million
Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the  National Basketball Association. He is currently in the second year of his five-year, $85 million deal with  Thunder. The major portion of his off-court income comes from Nike.

6. Carmelo Anthony
Earnings:  $28.4 million
On-court:  $19.4 million
Off-court: $9    million
Even after having an immense amount of talent Carmelo Anthony has never been able to win any major  championship. He is a endorser for Nike’s Jordan brand. Anthony holds the record for scoring most points (37)  in U.S. Olympic single game.

7. Amar’e Stoudemire
Earnings:  $27.9 million
On-court:  $19.9 million
Off-court: $8    million
Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks.  Amar’e Stoudemire has launched his own record label, publishes children books and has his own clothing line. This  year the star has been facing trouble due to his knee injury.

8. Dwight Howard
Earnings:  $26.5 million
On-court:  $19.5 million
Off-court: $7    million
He was once a very famous marketing figure but after his separation from Orlando Magic his image has got  damaged. His major sponsor including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have chosen not to sign a new contract with him.  In 2009 he was named among the 10 candidates for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service for his charitable  work. He has also established the Dwight D. Howard Foundation.

9. Chris Paul
Earnings:  $24.8 million
On-court:  $17.8 million
Off-court: $7    million
Paul’s new joining with Los Angeles Clippers has raised his market value. He has now added State Farm to his endorsements that already consists of Nike, Powerade and Upper Deck. Paul was the 2006 Rookie of the Year and  is definitely an rising player.

10. Pau Gasol
Earnings:  $21.5 million
On-court:  $19   million
Off-court: $2.5  million
Lakers’ forward Spanish player Pau Gasol has the 10th rank with his $21.5 million income this season. Since  joining the Lakers he has won 2 back to back NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010. His major endorsement income  comes from Nike and EA Sports.

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