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Friday, July 12, 2024

The Highest-Paid NBA Players in 2024-25

Jayson Tatum is the NBA's highest paid player
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The NBA continues to soar to new heights with a new $140 million salary cap and billion-dollar media rights deal looming. 

Despite the disappointment in viewership from this year’s NBA Finals, the NBA is riding the momentum of soaring sports property values. Team values may hit new highs with the NBA champion Boston Celtics now for sale. 

Jayson Tatum takes the top spot as the highest-paid NBA player, set to earn $62.8 million in AAV.

Tatum’s new deal is worth $314 million over five years. The contract includes performance incentives, such as being voted to the All-NBA team.

His Boston teammate Jaylen Brown is second, earning $57 million in AAV. Brown signed a five-year extension last summer worth $303.7 million. He’s helped reward the Celtics immediately by winning his first NBA title and earning NBA Finals MVP.

Third is 2023 NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic. He’s earning $55.2 million annually after signing a five-year deal in 2022. Jokic is set to earn $62.8 million in the last year of his contract in 2028 to total $276.1 million.

Devin Booker of the Suns and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Wolves both earn $55.1 million in AAV to tie for fourth. 

Booker signed his $220.44 million deal in 2022, a year after taking Phoenix to the franchise’s third NBA Finals. He’s earned $166.5 million over his nine-year career.

Towns became Minnesota’s most expensive player after signing a four-year deal that will net him a total of $220.44 million. He’s set to earn over $20 million more each year than he did on his rookie extension. 

Stephen Curry sits in fifth, earning $53.8 million annually. He signed a max contract extension in 2021 that will see him earn $215.35 million over four years.

The Celtics, Wolves, Suns, and Sixers all feature two players among the top 10 highest-paid NBA players.

The same teams minus the Celtics also feature three players on the list, the only teams to do so. Collectively, their stars are set to earn $445.81 million this year.

Ranking The NBA’s Highest-Paid Players in 2024

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid NBA players. The list was compiled with data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: July 11, 2024
RankPlayerTeamAverage Annual Value2024-25 Cap Hit
1Jayson TatumBoston Celtics$62.8 million$34.8 million
2Jaylen BrownBoston Celtics$57 million$49.2 million
3Nikola JokicDenver Nuggets$55.2 million$51.4 million
T-4Devin BookerPhoenix Suns$55.1 million$49.2 million
T-4Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves$55.1 million$49.2 million
6Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors$53.8 million$55.76 million
7Joel EmbiidPhiladelphia 76ers$53.3 million$51.4 million
8Paul GeorgePhiladelphia 76ers$52.89 million$49.2 million
9LeBron JamesLos Angeles Lakers$50.67 million$49.9 million
10Bradley BealPhoenix Suns$50.2 million$50.2 million
11Donovan MitchellCleveland Cavaliers$50.1 million$35.4 million
12Kawhi LeonardLos Angeles Clippers$49.8 million$49.2 million
T-13Anthony EdwardsMinnesota Timberwolves$48.9 million$42.2 million
T-13Tyrese HaliburtonIndiana Pacers$48.9 million$42.2 million
15Jimmy ButlerMiami Heat$48.79 million$48.79 million
16Kevin DurantPhoenix Suns$48.55 million$51.2 million
17Pascal SiakamIndiana Pacers$47.376 million$42.3 million
18Domantas SabonisSacremento Kings$46.5 million$40.5 million
19Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks$45.64 million$48.79 million
20Damian LillardMilwaukee Bucks$44 million$48.79 million
T-21Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks$43 million$43 million
T-21Trae YoungAtlanta Hawks$43 million$43 million
T-21Zach LaVineChicago Bulls$43 million$43 million
24Fred VanVleetHouston Rockets$42.8 million$42.8 million
25OG AnunobyNew York Knicks$42.5 million$36.6 million
26Rudy GobertMinnesota Timberwolves$41 million$43.8 million
T-27LaMelo BallCharlotte Hornets$40.7 million$35.147 million
T-27Tyrese MaxeyPhiladelphia 76ers$40.7 million$35.147 million

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