It’s no secret that NBA stars can make a lot of money. As the league salary cap continues to increase each year, the potential for lucrative wages increases. In fact, 20 players had salaries north of $ 30 million last season, and even the role players could do well. The average salary for an NBA player in 2019-20 was more than $ 6.9 million, with the minimum hovering at just over $ 2.9 million.
Even with these huge numbers right now, there are still a lot of guys who have won a surprisingly large sum throughout their playing days. Some of the names on this list are removed, while others are still playing, which their gives a chance to win even more. But one thing connects them all: they made a ton of money on the ground.
Chris Bosh – $ 239,063,022
Chris Bosh tops this list as the top 10 players in NBA history. He spent the first half of his career with the Toronto Raptors before teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami. The “Big Three” made four consecutive NBA finals, winning two titles along the way.
Bosh officially retired last year, although he hasn’t played a match since 2016. Although the 11-star player has certainly had a decorated career, his relative brevity makes his career gains a surprise . Bosh played 13 seasons before recurrent blood clotting put an end to his playing days, but still raised almost $ 240 million.
Paul Millsap – $ 181,245,742
When you think of flash and excitement, the name of Paul Millsap is probably not the first that comes to mind. After all, the 14-year-old veteran went to Louisiana Tech, a college that’s not exactly known for its basketball prowess. And he was taken 47th in the 2006 NBA Draft, a selection in the middle of the second round that would generally not turn a lot of heads. Although not usually in the spotlight, Millsap has had an impressive career.
He was part of the second All-Rookie team in 2006, the start of an always solid presence on the field. After seven seasons in Utah, he joined the Atlanta Hawks, that’s when things really took off. He played his four games with the stars over the next four years, scoring high and bouncing with the Hawks. His solid game won him a $ 90 million Denver Nuggets contract in 2017. This deal expires after this season, so Millsap will be looking for another big contract as he nears the end of his career.
Mike Conley, Jr. – $ 173,617,830
When it comes to career awards, Mike Conley’s trophy shelf is pretty bare. He was part of the second defensive team in the NBA in 2013, but this is his only award in the league. He’s a great teammate, however – he won the NBA sportsmanship award three times and won last year’s teammate of the year award – and that can pay the bills just as well as ‘a solid game.
Conley was awarded a $ 153 million five-year extension from the Grizzlies in 2016. At the time, it was the biggest contract in NBA history. He was traded to Utah Jazz this offseason and will exceed $ 200 million before the end of his contract. Although his numbers went down, he was still part of the team. And here’s a fun fact: Conley never received a technical foul.
Gilbert Arenas – $ 163,475,636
Nicknamed “Agent Zero”, Gilbert Arenas had some fantastic seasons in the mid-2000s. He made three consecutive All-Star teams from 2005 to 2007, winning two All-NBA Third Team awards and an All-NBA wink Second Team. He tore up his ACL the following season, playing in just 13 games. Nevertheless, the Wizards rewarded him with a $ 111 million contract over six years.
This contract turned out to be heavy, because the following year, Arenas introduced discharged firearms in the locker rooms of the Verizon Center of the Wizards and was suspended by the league. Arenas has only played 121 more regular season games over five seasons after winning his contract extension. He was traded to Orlando Magic along the way and eventually became the first player released under the league’s amnesty clause. In total, he only spent 11 seasons in the NBA.
Juwan howard – $ 151,465,633
Juwan Howard has only made more than $ 20 million a year once in his career, but he is a prime example of the power of longevity in the NBA. The former Fab Five star spent his first seven seasons with the Washington Bullets / Wizards, then made his way into the league, stopping in Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte, Portland and Miami.
Although his career has spanned almost 20 years, Howard has only formed one star team. He has also won two championships in his last two seasons, setting the stage for a lucrative career.
J. J. Redick – $ 104,253,015
Until 2017, the most J.J. Redick had done in a single season was a shade under $ 7.4 million. But NBA teams crave good shooters, and Redick is one of the best. He has hit at least 42% on a three-point range in five of the past six seasons, including 47.5% leading the league in 2015-16.
As a result, by the end of his current contract next year, Redick – who has been in the NBA since 2006 – will have made more than half of his career gains in the past four seasons.
Erick Dampier – $ 97,963,871
Erick Dampier has never been on an All-Star or All-NBA team. He never won a championship either, although he played for Dallas and Miami the year before they won their titles in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He never even averaged more than 12.3 points per game in one season, scoring only two figures by scoring twice in 16 seasons.
None of this, however, because Dampier has always had a great NBA career, financially. His salary increased every year from 1996 to 2004, then again from 2005 to 2010. Add it all up and he made $ 100 million despite the fact that he was not close to a star.