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Kevin Garnett has made more in NBA salary than anyone. Ever.

Aug 27, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Reuters

Kevin Garnett took a pay cut to come back to the Boston Celtics this year. It’s three years, $34 million. We’d all like a pay cut like that.

But it was still enough — with his new contract Kevin Garnett passes Shaquille O’Neal as highest career earner in NBA history.

WarriorsWorld tweeted out a new list updated with current NBA contracts, and here is the top 10:

1. Kevin Garnett $328,562,398
2. Shaquille O’Neal $292, 198, 327
3. Kobe Bryant $279,738,062
4. Tim Duncan $224,709,155
5. Dirk Nowitzki $204,063,985
6. Joe Johnson $198,647,490
7. Jason Kidd $193,855,468
8. Ray Allen $181,127,360
9. Chris Webber $178,230,218
10. Paul Pierce $169,486,218

If you rolled your eyes at those guys, at least they care all great players, but No. 12 on the list is Jermaine O’Neal. LeBron is 24th, but he has a couple big contracts ahead of him.

What about Michael Jordan? He’s 87th at $90 million. But his endorsement money (to this day) would vault him way, way up the list.

  1. blaksteele - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Joe Johnson, wow. Everyone is a HOFer except him.

    • chicagosports2014 - May 30, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      KG came to the NBA fresh out of high school he got old money. He was the best high school player ever to me, but Ronni Fields mite could’ve also had the crown too, he was unstoppable. FARRAGUT HIGH SCHOOL IN CHICAGO, IL.

  2. darthsat - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Reminded me of this post from 3 months ago that detailed how lucky KG was in signing those contracts at the right times.

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/06/just-a-reminder-kevin-garnett-is-lucky-made-a-lot-of-money/

  3. eflem80 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Joe effing Johnson……SMH

    • stayhigh_247 - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      I hear you but…in all fairness to Joe Johnson never had the teams any of these other guys had. Add Shaq or KG to any one of those Phoenix or Hawk teams (in their primes) and Joe would have a ring or two by now.. I would make the same argument for C Webb, but they had good teams in Sactown, but they kept running into Timmy or Shaq in the playoffs..

      • nodaclu - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        And Tim Donaghy. Just sayin’…

  4. romoscollarbone - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Didn’t Jordan get paid 30mil on his last one year contract with the bulls? Guys of his era made less.

  5. proballerslounge - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    http://proballerslounge.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/the-consistency-of-the-truth/

    Man that’s a lot of money

  6. kvh59 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    How the hell do you figure 9 out of 10 are hall of famers? Top five for sure and Ray Allen probably for the 3 point records but after that no way. Nice players but no way hall of fame worthy. honestly this list just shows how ridiculous these sports contracts have gotten.

    • bougin89 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Jason Kidd is a first ballot HOF’er and Paul Pierce gets in as well. Ray Allen and Chris Webber will probably both make it as well. The Pro Basketball HOF doesn’t have the high standards to get in that the NFL and MLB HOF’s have. But regardless at least 2 out of the 4 guys I mentioned will definitely get in.

  7. jason9696 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I admit I don’t follow the NBA that closely. But I do know who a lot of the players. But I can honestly say I have no idea who Joe Johnson is. He must have a very good agent.

  8. ben1332 - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Why would anyone want to take a roughly 50% pay cut?
    It would not be a cut of any sort for most of us to make $34,000,000 in 3 years.

  9. bozosforall - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Overpaid for sure.

  10. sffan75 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    If Brook Lopez stays with the Nets, he might end up on this list someday.

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