20 Highest-Paid Players in the NBA

The NBA tournament champion is still being decided, but we can already pinpoint the league's winners in another area: salary.

According to DraftExpress.com, the league's 20 highest-paid players all have contracts worth more than $15 million per year. To draw a quick comparison, according to the most recent data from the Labor Department's Occupational Employment Statistics, the average salary in the U.S. is $44,410 ($21.35/hour), meaning it would take the average person more than 558 years to earn the annual salary of the league's highest-paid player, Kobe Bryant.

Here's a countdown of the NBA's winning salaries:





20. Chris Paul

Team:New Orleans Hornets

Salary: $15,202,590







19. Deron Williams

Team:New Jersey Nets

Salary: $15,202,590







18. Dwight Howard

Team:Orlando Magic

Salary: $15,779,912







17. Elton Brand

Team:Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $15,959,099







16. Joe Johnson

Team:Atlanta Hawks

Salary: $16,324,500







15. Amare Stoudemire

Team:New York Knicks

Salary: $16,486,611







14. Kenyon Martin

Team:Denver Nuggets

Salary: $16,545,454







13. Carmelo Anthony

Team:New York Knicks

Salary: $17,149,243







12. Dirk Nowitzki

Team:Dallas Mavericks

Salary: $17,278,618







11. Zach Randolph

Team:Memphis Grizzlies

Salary: $17,333,333







10. Vince Carter

Team:Phoenix Suns

Salary: $17,522,375







9. Yao Ming

Team:Houston Rockets

Salary: $17,686,100







8. Gilbert Arenas

Team:Orlando Magic

Salary: $17,730,694







7. Andrei Kirilenko

Team:Utah Jazz

Salary: $17,823,000







6. Pau Gasol

Team:Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $17,823,000







5. Michael Redd

Team:Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $18,300,000







4. Tim Duncan

Team:San Antonio Spurs

Salary: $18,700,000







3. Kevin Garnett

Team:Boston Celtics

Salary: $18,866,934







2. Rashard Lewis

Team:Washington Wizards

Salary: $19,573,711







1. Kobe Bryant

Team:Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $24,806,250


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