The Oklahoma City Thunder top the 2017 list of the highest-paid sports teams in the world

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the new highest-paid sports team in the world, with players making an average of $9.3 million during the 2017-18 season.

This is according to the annual "Global Sports Salaries Survey," published by Sporting Intelligence. The study looks at the first-team pay for 348 teams across seven different sports in 18 different leagues around the world.

Last year's highest-paid team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell to No. 2 this year. Paris Saint-Germain, in France's Ligue 1, topped the list in 2015. They are fifth this year. In other major North American sports leagues, the Detroit Tigers (No. 22 overall) are the highest-paid Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Raiders (No. 108 overall) are the highest-paid NFL team, and Washington Capitals (No. 71 overall) are the highest-paid NHL team.

Of the 25 highest-paid teams in the world, 19 are from the NBA. 

Here are the highest-paid teams in the world based on average salary for their players.

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25. Los Angeles Lakers — $6.81 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Brook Lopez ($22.6 million)

2016 rank: 31

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

24. Manchester City — $6.81 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

Highest-paid player: Yaya Toure ($13.2 million)

2016 rank: 9

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

23. Manchester United — $6.81 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

Highest-paid player: Paul Pogba ($22.6 million)

2016 rank: 4

(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

22. Detroit Tigers — $6.93 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera ($30.0 million)

2016 rank: 28

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

21. Denver Nuggets — $6.97 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Paul Millsap ($30.8 million)

2016 rank: 46

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

20. Memphis Grizzlies — $7.26 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Mike Conley ($28.5 million)

2016 rank: 7

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

19. Utah Jazz — $7.34 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Rudy Gobert ($21.2 million)

2016 rank: 39

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

18. Washington Wizards — $7.35 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Otto Porter ($24.8 million)

2016 rank: 15

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

17. Minnesota Timberwolves — $7.42 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Jeff Teague ($19.0 million)

2016 rank: 49

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

16. San Antonio Spurs — $7.55 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: LaMarcus Aldridge ($21.5 million)

2016 rank: 12

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

15. Milwaukee Bucks — $7.64 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($22.5 million)

2016 rank: 23

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

14. Houston Rockets — $7.78 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: James Harden ($28.3 million)

2016 rank: 29

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

13. Boston Celtics — $7.84 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Gordon Hayward ($29.7 million)

2016 rank: 32

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12. Detroit Pistons — $7.85 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Andre Drummond ($23.8 million)

2016 rank: 17

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

11. Toronto Raptors — $7.85 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Kyle Lowry ($28.7 million)

2016 rank: 11

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. New Orleans Pelicans — $7.88 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Jrue Holiday ($24.9 million)

2016 rank: 25

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

9. Real Madrid — $8.09 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: La Liga

Highest-paid player: Cristiano Ronaldo ($24.3 million)

2016 rank: 19

(Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)

8. Los Angeles Clippers — $8.33 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Blake Griffin ($29.5 million)

2016 rank: 3

(Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)

7. Portland Trail Blazers — $8.36 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Damian Lillard ($26.2 million)

2016 rank: 6

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

6. Charlotte Hornets — $8.38 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Dwight Howard ($23.5 million)

2016 rank: 21

(Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

5. Paris Saint-Germain — $8.41 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: Ligue 1

Highest-paid player: Neymar ($37.2 million)

2016 rank: 35

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4. Barcelona — $8.58 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: La Liga

Highest-paid player: Lionel Messi ($34.7 million)

2016 rank: 5

(Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

3. Golden State Warriors — $8.94 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Stephen Curry ($34.7 million)

2016 rank: 20

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

2. Cleveland Cavaliers — $9.00 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: LeBron James ($33.3 million)

2016 rank: 1

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

1. Oklahoma City Thunder — $9.30 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Russell Westbrook ($28.5 million)

2016 rank: 33

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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