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The 25 highest-paid NBA players of all time

The NBA may still be behind the NFL and Major League Baseball in terms of generating revenue, but thanks to skyrocketing TV contracts and smaller rosters, an NBA career can be quite lucrative.

This is especially true for the athletes who played a large chunk of their careers between the late 1990s and the 2011 lockout.

While many of the all-time greats of the past 20 years are among the highest paid of all time, these years also led to some large contracts for players who are not among the all-time greats.

Here is a look at the 25 players who have made at least $158 million, according to data collected from Spotrac and Basketball-Reference:

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25. Rasheed Wallace -- $158,110,581

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 4
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo By Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images)

24. Chris Paul -- $158,226,325

Seasons: 12
Highest single-season salary: $22.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 9
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Tyson Chandler -- $158,586,645

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 1
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

22. Vince Carter -- $159,087,631

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $18.3 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

21. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $161,628,892

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.4 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

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

20. Tracy McGrady -- $162,978,278

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

19. Elton Brand -- $164,901,096

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

18. Jermaine O'Neal -- $168,794,021

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $23 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

17. Zach Randolph -- $172,597,245

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $17.8 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

16. Dwyane Wade -- $176,115,934

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 12
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

15. Chris Webber -- $178,230,697

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $19.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 5
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

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

14. Pau Gasol -- $182,999,615

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $19.3 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $18.8 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12. Dwight Howard -- $186,735,761

Seasons: 13
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

11. Chris Bosh -- $186,936,512

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.7 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 11
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Jason Kidd -- $187,675,468

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $21.4 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Paul Pierce -- $194,035,952

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $19.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

8. LeBron James -- $200,607,292

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $31.0 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

7. Carmelo Anthony -- $201,120,659

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $24.6 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

6. Joe Johnson -- $203,542,249

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $24.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

5. Tim Duncan -- $238,262,300

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $22.2 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

4. Dirk Nowitzki -- $241,646,362

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

3. Shaquille O'Neal -- $286,344,668

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $27.7 million
Championships: 4
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 8

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Kobe Bryant -- $323,312,307

Seasons: 20
Highest single-season salary: $30.5 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 18
NBA First-team All-NBA: 11

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

1. Kevin Garnett -- $326,362,956

Seasons: 21
Highest single-season salary: $28 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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