The Oklahoma City Thunder top the 2017 list of the highest-paid sports teams in the world

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the new highest-paid sports team in the world, with players making an average of $US9.3 million during the 2017-18 season.

This is according to the annual “Global Sports Salaries Survey,”published by Sporting Intelligence. The study looks at the first-team pay for 348 teams across seven different sports in 18 different leagues around the world.

Last year’s highest-paid team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, fell to No. 2 this year. Paris Saint-Germain, in France’s Ligue 1, topped the list in 2015. They are fifth this year. In other major North American sports leagues, the Detroit Tigers (No. 22 overall) are the highest-paid Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Raiders (No. 108 overall) are the highest-paid NFL team, and Washington Capitals (No. 71 overall) are the highest-paid NHL team.

Of the 25 highest-paid teams in the world, 19 are from the NBA.

Here are the highest-paid teams in the world based on average salary for their players.


25. Los Angeles Lakers — $US6.81 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Brook Lopez ($US22.6 million)

2016 rank: 31


24. Manchester City — $US6.81 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

Highest-paid player: Yaya Toure ($US13.2 million)

2016 rank: 9


23.Manchester United — $US6.81 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Soccer

League: English Premier League

Highest-paid player: Paul Pogba ($US22.6 million)

2016 rank: 4


22. Detroit Tigers — $US6.93 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Baseball

League: Major League Baseball

Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera ($US30.0 million)

2016 rank: 28


21. Denver Nuggets — $US6.97 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Paul Millsap ($US30.8 million)

2016 rank: 46


20. Memphis Grizzlies — $US7.26 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Mike Conley ($US28.5 million)

2016 rank: 7


19. Utah Jazz — $US7.34 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Rudy Gobert ($US21.2 million)

2016 rank: 39


18. Washington Wizards — $US7.35 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Otto Porter ($US24.8 million)

2016 rank: 15


17. Minnesota Timberwolves — $US7.42 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Jeff Teague ($US19.0 million)

2016 rank: 49


16. San Antonio Spurs — $US7.55 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: LaMarcus Aldridge ($US21.5 million)

2016 rank: 12


15. Milwaukee Bucks — $US7.64 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($US22.5 million)

2016 rank: 23


14. Houston Rockets — $US7.78 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: James Harden ($US28.3 million)

2016 rank: 29


13. Boston Celtics — $US7.84 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Gordon Hayward ($US29.7 million)

2016 rank: 32


12. Detroit Pistons — $US7.85 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Andre Drummond ($US23.8 million)

2016 rank: 17


11. Toronto Raptors — $US7.85 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Kyle Lowry ($US28.7 million)

2016 rank: 11


10. New Orleans Pelicans — $US7.88 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Jrue Holiday ($US24.9 million)

2016 rank: 25


9. Real Madrid — $US8.09 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: La Liga

Highest-paid player: Cristiano Ronaldo ($US24.3 million)

2016 rank: 19


8. Los Angeles Clippers — $US8.33 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Blake Griffin ($US29.5 million)

2016 rank: 3


7. Portland Trail Blazers — $US8.36 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Damian Lillard ($US26.2 million)

2016 rank: 6


6. Charlotte Hornets — $US8.38 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Dwight Howard ($US23.5 million)

2016 rank: 21


5. Paris Saint-Germain — $US8.41 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Soccer

League: Ligue 1

Highest-paid player: Neymar ($US37.2 million)

2016 rank: 35


4. Barcelona — $US8.58 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Soccer

League: La Liga

Highest-paid player: Lionel Messi ($US34.7 million)

2016 rank: 5


3. Golden State Warriors — $US8.94 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Stephen Curry ($US34.7 million)

2016 rank: 20


2. Cleveland Cavaliers — $US9.00 million (average pay per player)

Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: LeBron James ($US33.3 million)

2016 rank: 1


1. Oklahoma City Thunder — $US9.30 million (average pay per player)

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Sport: Basketball

League: National Basketball Association

Highest-paid player: Russell Westbrook ($US28.5 million)

2016 rank: 33


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