10 Most Outrageous NBA Salaries
For whatever reason, we, as a society, have deemed athletes as the most deserving of wealth. Sure, there are people out there who are teaching our kids, curing diseases, and feeding the hungry, but can they dunk like Jordan? Exactly.
Here are 10 basketball players who make more money in one year than you can ever hope to make in your sad, non-athletic lifetime.
#10. Blake Griffin
He might only be number 10 on our list, but Blake Griffin was the number one draft pick when his pro career started back in 2009. After spending most of his rookie year on the bench due to a broken knee cap, Griffin has been burning up the court since his return, earning $24.7 million last year. In addition to his $17.7 million salary from the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin earned an extra $7 million in endorsement deals for hawking brands like Subway, Powerbar, Kia Motors and Nike, who even made him battle it out with Marvin the Martian, Space Jam style.
#9. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard has had a tumultuous last few years in the NBA; not only has he suffered from numerous injuries, but he’s been criticized for some less than professional behavior (like stating that he hoped to be traded from the Orlando Magic and insinuating that the team was strong arming him to stay) which has hurt his image and lost him a number of endorsement deals.
Despite all that, he still made the list with $25.5 million in earnings last year between his salary from the Houston Rockets and an endorsement deal from Adidas. Now that his image is on the mend, expect him to be making even more in years to come.
#8. Chris Paul
Chris Paul isn’t just wealthy; he’s one busy, hardworking guy. When he’s not serving as the current president of the National Basketball Players Association, Paul is busy earning $20.1 million from the Los Angeles Clippers and endorsing brands like Foot Locker, State Farm, and Nike’s Jordan to the tune of $6 million a year. How does he spend his fortune and his downtime you ask? We like to think that he and his pal Kendrick Lamar splurge on relaxing spa days complete with couples mani/pedis.