Since surpassing Jordan in 2017–18, Stephen Curry has held the title of highest paid NBA player in the NBA every season. In 2023–2024, he will achieve a further milestone when he becomes the first player to ever earn more than $50 million in a single season.
With a one-year, $33.1 million deal with the Bulls in 1997–98 season, Michael Jordan set the record for the highest single-season pay in NBA history. Then came Stephen Curry in 2017-18, who broker Jordan’s record.
Salaries in the NBA had been rising steadily for decades. Does Stephen Curry still tops the list of highest paid NPB players for 2022-23. Let’s find out.
List of Highest Paid NBA Players For 2022-23 Season
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: $48,070,014
2. Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers: $47,063,478
3. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: $44,474,988
4. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards: $43,279,250
5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: $42,969,845
6. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,568
T-7. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: $42,492,492
T-7. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: $42,492,492
T-7. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers: $42,492,492
10. John Wall, free agent (from Houston Rockets): $40,866,760
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: $40,600,080
12. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz: $38,172,414
13. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers: $37,980,720
14. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: $37,948,276
15. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat: $37,653,300
16. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers: $37,633,050
T-17. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks: $36,600,000
T-17. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: $36,600,000
19. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets: $36,503,300
T-20. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors: $35,448,672
T-20. Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets: $35,448,672
T-22. Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards: $33,833,400
T-22. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: $33,833,400
T-22. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: $33,833,400
T-25. Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors: $33,616,770
T-25. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: $33,616,770
27. C.J. McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans: $33,333,333
28. Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks: $32,544,000
29. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: $32,478,838
T-30. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans: $31,650,600
T-30. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets: $31,650,600
So, Warriors NBA star Stephen Curry with $48.1 million in the 2022-23 season, again makes him the league’s highest earner for the sixth straight season.
But, ever wondered how NBA Makes Money to pay these players such huge amount. NBA makes money primarily through television, merchandising, sponsorships, and tickets. The NBA revenue for the 2021-22 season went over $10 billion and basketball-related income reached $8.9 billion. Still revenues are about half those of the highest-grossing sports league in the world, the National Football League (NFL).