The 25-Highest-Paid NBA Players Of All Time

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The NBA may still be the third sport in the U.S. behind the NFL and MLB, but thanks to rising TV revenue and smaller rosters, an NBA career can be very lucrative.

This is especially true for the players who played a large chunk of their careers between the late 1990s and the 2011 NBA 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 very large contracts for some otherwise mediocre players.

On the next few pages we’ll take a look at the 25 players who have made at least $US142 million in their career.

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title=”#25 Grant Hill — $US142,854,650″
content=”Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US16.9 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 1″
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title=”#24 Dikembe Mutombo — $US143,666,581″
content=”Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US16.1 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 8

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#23 Alonzo Mourning — $US143,906,333″
content=”Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US20.6 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 1″
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title=”#22 Baron Davis — $US147,692,983″
content=”Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US16.4 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#21 Joe Johnson — $US150,571,837″
content=”Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US21.5 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#20 Rashard Lewis — $US155,332,815″
content=”Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US21.1 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#19 Pau Gasol — $US156,574,396″
content=”Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US19.3 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 4

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#18 Gilbert Arenas — $US163,061,257″
content=”Seasons: 11

Highest single-season salary: $US22.3 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 3

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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permalink=”17-elton-brand–165338631-9″
title=”#17 Elton Brand — $US165,338,631″
content=”Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US17.1 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#16 Stephon Marbury ― $US151,115,945″
content=”Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $US20.8 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#15 Juwan Howard ― $US151,465,633″
content=”Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US20.6 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 1

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#14 Allen Iverson ― $US154,494,445″
content=”Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $US20.8 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 11

NBA First-team All-NBA: 3″
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title=”#13 Rasheed Wallace ― $US158,110,581″
content=”Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US17.0 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 4

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#12 Vince Carter ― $US161,663,315″
content=”Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US18.3 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 8

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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title=”#11 Tracy McGrady ― $US162,978,278″
content=”Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US23.2 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 2″
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permalink=”10-jermaine-oneal–168794021-16″
title=”#10 Jermaine O’Neal ― $US168,794,021″
content=”Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US23.0 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 6

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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permalink=”9-chris-webber–178230697-17″
title=”#9 Chris Webber ― $US178,230,697″
content=”Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $US19.1 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 5

NBA First-team All-NBA: 1″
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permalink=”8-ray-allen–184356410-18″
title=”#8 Ray Allen ― $US184,356,410″
content=”Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US18.8 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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permalink=”7-paul-pierce–184819552-19″
title=”#7 Paul Pierce ― $US184,819,552″
content=”Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US19.8 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0″
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caption=”Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets”
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permalink=”6-jason-kidd–187675468-20″
title=”#6 Jason Kidd ― $US187,675,468″
content=”Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US21.4 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 5″
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permalink=”5-dirk-nowitzki–204063985-21″
title=”#5 Dirk Nowitzki ― $US204,063,985″
content=”Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $US22.7 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 12

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4″
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permalink=”4-tim-duncan–224709155-22″
title=”#4 Tim Duncan ― $US224,709,155″
content=”Seasons: 17

Highest single-season salary: $US22.2 million

Championships: 4

All-Star Games: 14

NBA First-team All-NBA: 10″
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permalink=”3-kobe-bryant–279738062-23″
title=”#3 Kobe Bryant ― $US279,738,062″
content=”Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $US30.5 million

Championships: 5

All-Star Games: 16

NBA First-team All-NBA: 11″
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permalink=”2-shaquille-oneal–292198327-24″
title=”#2 Shaquille O’Neal ― $US292,198,327″
content=”Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US27.7 million

Championships: 4

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 8″
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permalink=”1-kevin-garnett–315372398-25″
title=”#1 Kevin Garnett ― $US315,372,398″
content=”Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $US28.0 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4″
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title=”Now check out the clothes these players spend their money on.”
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The Best And Worst Dressed Players In The NBA


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