Nba Player Salaries

NBA player salaries are usually a fair indicator of how talented a basketball player is. There are however, very glaring exceptions. NBA superstars from the mid-90s and prior to that made very little compared to the basketball stars of today. The great Michael Jordan for instance only made less than $4 million during the 1995-96 season. Even mediocre players get the chance to earn the big bucks. A few hoopsters are awarded hefty NBA player salaries based on their potential but have miserably failed on the hardwood floor.

  1. Kobe Bryant. Although he picked up his only Most Valuable Player Award during the 2007-08 NBA season, many pundits believe that he has been the top dog in the league for several years. His five NBA championships has been the yardstick of his brilliance. Although the Los Angeles Lakers were swept by a determined Dallas Mavericks team in 2011, very few can dare count out Bryant. For his efforts, he was the leader during the 2010-11 season pocketing $25,806,250 before taxes.

  2. Yao Ming. The NBA has seen its share of beanpoles. Former players Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan both stood at an imposing 7' 7”. However, although they were as tall as “Chairman” Yao, they lacked the skills and mobility of the Chinese superstar. When healthy, Yao Ming was not just one of the top centers in the league, he was one of best players. Sadly, behemoths such as Yao tend to be prone to injuries. He developed as stress fracture late 2010 and had to sit out the rest of the season. Because of so many nagging injuries, he officially called it quits on July 20, 2011. He did pick up $17,686,000, 8th in the offical list of NBA players salaries, during his final year. A tidy sum considering he played only five games.

  3. Luke Walton. True, this Los Angeles Laker only picked up a mere $5,260,000 during the 2010-11 NBA season. That kind of money won't even land him among the top 20 in NBA players salaries. However, considering his pathetic 1.7 points per game average and paltry .328 field goal percentage paying the man that much cash is a travesty. Some say he provides good effort and hustle for the team. That's all well and good but while effort and hustle is always good, its not worth a whopping $5 million a year.

  4. Vince Carter. Forget Dominique Wilkins or Michael Jordan. Vince Carter may go down in history as the greatest dunker of all time. Dubbed as “Half Man, Half Amazing”, Carter wowed audiences worldwide as he ruled the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with a variety of seemingly impossible dunks. That same year, playing in the US squad that competed in the Olympics, he leaped over a towering 7' 2” French player for a vicious dunk. Nowadays, although he is still a capable double-digit scorer, Carter no longer has the same explosion and speed he once had. Age may have caught up with this superstar but he still earned $17,300,000 during the 2010-11 NBA season.

  5. LeBron James. Perhaps the most polarizing figure in all of sports, “King” James drew the ire of many, for his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami. There he joined Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to form a talented triumvirate that was supposed to win an NBA championship and start a dynasty. Too bad the Dallas Mavericks had other plans and shot the daylights out of the Miami Heat, taking the finals 4-2. James may have been dejected after failing once more to pick up a championship but he did earn $14,500,000 during the NBA 2010-11 season. Good enough to rank among the top NBA players salaries.   

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