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Here are your top-10 NBA highest-paid players for 2012-13

Aug 21, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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The NBA salaries are basically set for next season, minus a few tweaks for late pickups and drops. While there are a few good players still out there as free agents, said players are discovering right now the market is pretty dry. I hope they all like the veteran minimum.

So who is going to make the most money next year? Glad you asked. The fine folks at Hoopsworld (Eric Pincus in particular) have that salary info handy and compiled this list.

1. Kobe Bryant (Lakers) $27,849,149
2. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) $20,907,128
3. Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) $20,463,024
4. Amare Stoudemire (Knicks) $19,948,799
5. Joe Johnson (Nets) $19,752,645
6. Dwight Howard (Lakers) $19,536,360
7. Pau Gasol (Lakers) $19,000,000
8. Chris Paul (Clippers) $17,779,458
9 (T). Chris Bosh (Heat) $17,545,000
9 (T). LeBron James (Heat) $17,545,000
(Bonus) 11.Dwyane Wade (Heat) $17,182,000

A few thoughts on the list:

• Unlike recent years, there are no massive duds on the list (Gilbert Arenas, Rashard Lewis type contracts). You can thank the new CBA’s amnesty provision for that. But just wait, there will be future bad contracts handed out to make these lists. Be patient.

• Kobe will make nearly $7 million more than anyone in the league in salary.

• There are three Lakers in the top 10, three Heat (if you count Wade at No. 11), and a couple of Knicks. But sure, small market competitive balance is alive and well.

• I think it needs to be repeated: When you talk about oversized NBA contracts, these are not the guys to point at. (If you want to say as a society we overvalue entertainers and undervalue teachers and firemen and librarians, etc., then by all means go ahead. But that is not the debate at hand.) Kobe is paid handsomely but what he generates for the Lakers in terms of ticket sales (and with that beer sales, parking, etc.), sponsorships, television rights revenue and so on vastly outweighs what he gets paid. Same with basically everyone on this Top-10 list. What hurts is more the upper middle class of the NBA — Jose Calderon making $10.5 million, Hedo Turkoglu making north of $11 million. Those are the kins of salaries that hurt teams bottom lines.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    lol @ carmelo #3. does not belong

    • drunkenjunk - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Joe Johnson certainly isn’t deserving.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Depends. If we judge using MSG stock prices and how they increased after the Melo trade, he’s worth every dime.

  2. fanz928 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Stfu Carmelo deserves the money he was the only good player. Lin is gone but he not that good at least not 25 mil good Tyson does not score Amar has issues and Raymond Felton? He went from having some value to no value and a bum

    • angulocarlos1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      LMFAO! Carmelo is worth the money? 😀 OMG dude that is hilarious! In all seriousness, he is worthless, a pure shooter/all about me, as long as I get my 30/throw everyone under the bus type player who makes no one around him better.

  3. blaksteele - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Wow, Joe Johnson more $$$ than LeBron, Dwight, & CP3 – 3 of the top 5 players in basketball. Just wow.

    • LPad - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      well LeBron took less than max money and switched teams (if he stayed put he would be making about the same amount if not more). CP3 and Dwight will probably make more when they sign their new contracts if they stay put. That’s how you make max money in the NBA stay put hope you’re the best player on your team.

      • bougin89 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Yep, Lebron would be making about 2.2 million more this year if he had taken the max amount.

    • andydelabra - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      LeBron cant be top paid do you forget he plays with D-Wade and Bosh? He had to take a pay cut in order to play in Miami

  4. 93warchant - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Joe Johnson really? this Guy is a no.2 and some teams no.3 player. 17 point a game, playoff disappearing …. this guy can’t carry any team and he’s making 20 mil cmon man.

    • passerby23 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      $20 million is certainly way too high for Johnson. I remember a few years ago when Atlanta had the decision to make whether to retain him or not. They way overpaid, which has stopped their progression as a team. I think he’s worth $11-12 million.

      I think Stoudemire’s $20 million is way too much as well – even after coming off those really good Phoenix years when he got that contract.

  5. florida727 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Maybe it’s a bad comparison when discussing athletes being overpaid, but Jordan “only” had two years (’96-’97 when he made $30 million, and ’97-’98 when he made $33 million) that would have put him on this list. His next highest year was (again) “only” $4 million (twice). Of course, overall, he made more than $90 million in salary, and dwarfed that in endorsement income.

  6. wjmoffatt - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Kobe Bryant’s contract is the most ridiculous one on this list. Sure Joe Johnson’s is bad but is Kobe worth that much more than him? Is Kobe worth 10 million more than Lebron? His contract is half of the teams salary.

    • tsi431 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      You must be new to the NBA, welcome.

      Lebron James took a huge pay cut to play with the Heat in order to join Wade and Bosh. If he stayed in Cleveland he would of had a max contract equal to Kobe.

      In fact, before the new CBA was drawn up this year. Kobe’s contract was a great deal for the Lakers, but new tax rules came with the new CBA. The Lakers still make out great on the contract in the end, but not as well as they were under the old CBA.

      • bougin89 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Lebron would be making roughly 2.2 million more had he taken the max. Even in the “old” CB agreement Lebron at this point in his career could not make close to 27 million this year.

        Put the brakes on criticizing others until you have a better understanding of the previous and current CBA’s.

    • eugenesaxe - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Kobe brings in more than enough to pay his own salary, on-court performance is only part of it.

    • dunkenstein1 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      The Lakers’ total team salary is $99,981,237. For Kobe to be making half the team’s salary he would have to be making just under $50 million.

  7. knightrider1755 - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Where’s Deron Williams?

    • rjlink1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Scheduled to make 5 grand less than D Wade

  8. jason9696 - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Kobe has to make more with that gold digger wife he has.

  9. donrwells3 - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Johnson and Stoude are definitely not deserving of that kind of money.

  10. mojosmagic - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    The CAP is a joke. The Lakers have 3 guys in the top 10 totaling 68m?

    • tubal22 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      What cap?

      • manchestermiracle - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        What cap? It’s that thing that truly competitive teams go above in order to win. It’s that thing that causes another thing called a luxury tax to kick in that results in a pool of money (millions and millions of dollars) that small-market teams (and others under the cap) get to share. Then the owners of those teams put it in their pockets, don’t spend it on players, and then fans of those teams whine that they can’t compete. That cap. What crap.

  11. nobandwagonridersallowed - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Those 3 Laker salaries don’t make the Heats Big 3 salary look all that bad now. So when are we going to hear how the Lakers are gonna have a difficult time putting quality players around those 3 with them commanding so much of the cap? Does anybody know what, Nash is making this year? Damn, I can’t wait for this season to start!!!

    Btw, I’m not a Knicks or Carmelo fan, but he most certainly deserves to be on this list… Dude can literally score from anywhere & over anybody; He needs help though. Not the pretenders they’ve been putting around him.

    • rjlink1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Nash=8.9 mil this upcoming season

    • eugenesaxe - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      They were well over the cap when they got Nash for draft picks. They were over the cap when they traded Bynum for howard’s larger contract.
      Where there’s a will, and a stupid small-market team willing to be stupid in LAs favor, there’s a way.

  12. dmaq1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    if this were a Top 4 list.. two Knicks would round it out. LOL

    both of those contracts are bad.. Anthony’s is necessary though.

  13. lakerluver - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Kobe earns every penny he gets from the LAKERS!! Without him the franchise would have five less titles and the Buss family’s fortune probably wouldn’t be nearly as vast. The decision to let Shaq go and keep Kobe was obviously the right one.

  14. thenmoveback - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Shaq was the main guy for the first 3 championships not kobe.

  15. lakerluver - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Yep, Shaq was the main guy. No argument there. However, that’s not my point. Shaq needed Kobe just like MJ needed Pippen, like Magic needed Kareem. My point is Kobe is worth every cent the Buss family is paying him. Dr. Buss and Jim are brilliant owners and business men. If they didn’t think Kobe was worth that amount of money to the franchise they wouldn’t have agreed to give it to him.

  16. jengibre23 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    The thunder better find the money for KD cus I’m pretty sure he would want to be on this list. He’s only the greatest scorer we’ve seen since jordan.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      They got KD locked down for awhile.

      When his next contract comes up, with like 5 scoring titles to his name….yeah, expect him to do very well.

  17. malcom1985 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    The only thing this list proves to me is that I should have had my ass on a basketball court as a kid. Even the terrible players in the NBA will make a few million in their time in the NBA. I bust my hump through college to get a piece of paper and I won’t even make what these guys do in 6 months throughout my entire life. How depressing.

  18. paulhargis53 - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I see lakersuckers unabashed love of large black men is still running strong! Dude, you have an unhealthy fanaticism. It’s frightening how personal you take any criticism of the Lakers.
    I called you Gil Renard(DeNiro in The Fan) at one time. Honestly, you make him look tame in comparison.

    For a man in his late 30s to be tied up in a team so much that it affects there everyday life is quite sad.
    Please seek help for your obsessive behavior. You’re heading down a road that is going to have a sad and tragic ending.

    • loungefly74 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      PaulHargis53 said, “…unabashed love of large black men is still running strong!”…

      not only are you a complete idiot…but an idiot racist as well? why would you say something like that? dude, your posts/rants are at a new level of asshatery. sorry…i cant sugar-coat this…you are a loser…a loser in life. go away, man. just go away…

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Funny how you try to trash someone for being a fan, and call them obsessed, yet you are always replying to his comments. The pot is calling the kettle black. And speaking of black, your first sentence is pretty racist, asshole. Looks like you’ve already reached the end of your own sad-and-tragic-ending road.

  19. omniusprime - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Just too much money for too little in real importance. Pro sports athletes are the most overpaid fools on the planet, except for hedge fund managers who don’t pay enough in income taxes. Pro sports pay was far more realistic before free agency back in the 60’s, athletes were upper middle class and were kind of regular guys. Now all we have are grossly overpaid, overhyped prima donnas who don’t deserve or earn the money they get paid.

  20. Myster.Keepinit - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Bosh needs to step it up on the court, getting paid all that money

  21. realnumeroten - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    some of them do not deserve that pay.

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