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Sunday, May 26, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid NBA Centers

  • Reigning MVPs Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are first and second on list.
  • Both Jokic and Embiid make over $53 million annually.
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Two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic takes the crown as the highest-paid NBA center making over $55 million per year. In 2022, Jokic signed a five-year, $276.12 million contract extension to remain with the Nuggets.

Following just behind Jokic is 2023 NBA MVP Joel Embiid, who signed a four-year, $213.28 million contract extension with the 76ers in 2021 allowing him to make just over $53 million annually.

With a drop off of over $10 million, Rudy Gobert takes the third position making $41 million per year. Gobert signed a five-year, $205 million contract with the Jazz in 2020 before being traded to the Timberwolves in 2022.

Fourth on the list is the Lakers’ superstar Anthony Davis at $37.98 million and rounding out the top five is Deandre Ayton at $33.23 million. Ayton was involved in a blockbuster trade this past offseason sending him from the Suns to the Trail Blazers.

The Highest-Paid Centers 

Here is the full list of the 25 highest-paid NBA centers by average salary. The list was compiled using data from Spotrac.

  • Updated: April 18, 2024
  • Will be updated again: June 30, 2024
RankPlayerTeamCompensation
1Nikola JokicDenver Nuggets$55.22 million
2 Joel EmbiidPhiladelphia 76ers$53.32 million
3 Rudy GobertMinnesota Timberwolves$41 million
4Anthony DavisLos Angeles Lakers$37.98 million
5 Deandre AytonPortland Trail Blazers$33.23 million
6Bam AdebayoMiami Heat$32.6 million
7 Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves$31.65 million
8Brook LopezMilwaukee Bucks$24 million
9Clint CapelaAtlanta Hawks$22.94 million
10 Myles TurnerIndiana Pacers$20.45 million
11Nikola VucevicChicago Bulls$20 million
11Jarrett AllenCleveland Cavaliers$20 million
13Jakob PoeltlToronto Raptors$19.5 million
14Jusuf NurkicPhoenix Suns$17.5 million
15 Jonas ValanciunasNew Orleans Pelicans$15.06 million
16Mitchell RobinsonNew York Knicks$15 million
17Naz ReidMinnesota Timberwolves$13.98 million
18Victor WembanyamaSan Antonio Spurs$13.79 million
19Daniel GaffordDallas Mavericks$13.39 million
20Steven AdamsHouston Rockets$12.6 million
21 Wendell Carter Jr.Orlando Magic$12.5 million
22 Robert Williams IIIPortland Trail Blazers$12 million
23Richaun HolmesWashington Wizards$11.63 million
24Chet HolmgrenOklahoma City Thunder$11.22 million
25Ivica ZubacLos Angeles Clippers$10.93 million
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