Stephen Curry has a great perspective on having a smaller salary than 81 other NBA players

Stephen Curry is not paid like one of the top players in the NBA. However, Curry has a great perspective on that status and it comes from his father, former NBA player Dell Curry.

Curry, the two-time reigning NBA MVP, is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million extension he signed with the Warriors in 2012. His salary this season — $12.1 million — ranks just 82nd among all NBA players and fourth on his own team.

While the contract has been a steal for the Warriors, it was actually considered risky for Golden State at the time. Curry was considered a gifted shooter, but he had been plagued with ankle injuries, and had not yet developed into an MVP-caliber player.

In a recent interview with Tim Kawakami of The Mercury News, Curry was asked how he dealt with playing with lesser players who make a lot more money. Curry said he keeps things in perspective by leaning on some advice his father once gave him.

"One thing my pops always told me is you never count another man's money," Curry told Kawakami. "It's what you've got and how you take care of it. And if I'm complaining about $44 million over four years, then I've got other issues in my life."

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Gonzaga's Micah Downs (L) battle Davidson's Stephen Curry for a loose ball during the first half of their first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game in Raleigh, North Carolina March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier (UNITED STATES)
Davidson Wildcats' Stephen Curry celebrates after a three-pointer against the Wisconsin Badgers during second half of their NCAA men's Midwest Regional basketball game in Detroit March 28, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Players attending the 2009 NBA Draft pose on stage with NBA Commissioner David Stern before the start of the Draft in New York, June 25, 2009. From left are Jordan Hill, Stephen Curry, Stern, Hasheem Thabeet (back C) Ricky Rubio and Blake Griffin. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Stephen Curry of the U.S. gestures while biting on his mouth guard during a friendly basketball game against Greece ahead of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Athens August 25, 2010. The FIBA World Championship will take place in Turkey from August 28 to September 12. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry holds the trophy after winning the skills challenge event during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland, California December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (R) wait for a rebound in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves to the basket against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Heat defeated the Warriors 111-110. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Team Curry legend Dell Curry (left) and Team Curry guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30, right) celebrate during the 2015 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30, right) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks (0) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 126-121 to win the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates during the 2015 NBA All Star Three Point Contest competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) talks to guard Stephen Curry (30, right) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hoists the MVP trophy before game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in front of forward Draymond Green (23) after making a three-point basket during the first quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with the western conference championship trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) during the third quarter of game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) poses with the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: National Basketball Asssociation MVP Stephen Curry (3rd R) laughs as U.S. President Barack Obama jokes during his remarks at an event for the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room on February 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama welcomed the Warriors to the White House to congratulate the team on their championshhip season. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors prepares to hit the 'Keep Pounding' drum for the Carolina Panthers prior to Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jun 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first half in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) speaks to the media after game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 115-101. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
October 21, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after Curry made a three-point basket during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) flexes against the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Curry added that even at the time he signed the deal, he knew he was taking less than other players, but he wasn't going to regret the decision.

"I remember sitting in a hotel, at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, right before our opening night game against the Suns and sitting with Bob Myers and coach (Mark) Jackson and signing that contract ... My perspective was, 'Man, I'll be able to take care of my family with this. Blessed to be able to know I'll be playing at least in the NBA for four years and see where it goes from there.' But I literally told myself in that hotel room that day, knowing what the max was I think at the time was probably, 56 or 58 [million], somewhere in there, I think Eric Gordon and guys like that were getting that money, I was, 'You can't think 20-20 hindsight, go back and worry about what other guys are making.'"

While Curry is making $12.1 million at a time when former teammate Harrison Barnes is making nearly twice that ($22.1 million) with the Dallas Mavericks, Curry's situation will soon be rectified.

If Curry re-signs with the Warriors this summer as expected, he will be eligible for a five-year, $207.4 million contract, the largest in NBA history. His salary next season would jump to $35.7 million and would reach approximately $48 million in the final season.

When that happens, you can be certain that other players will be counting Curry's money.

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