The highest-paid players in NBA history

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With the explosion of the NBA salary cap as well as inflation, current player salaries are astronomical and blow player salaries from two decades ago out of the water.

The only players who can even remotely keep up with the highest-paid men of today are the likes of Kobe BryantKevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal, three of the NBA’s biggest stars of all time.

Of course, LeBron James is the league’s highest-paid player, trailed by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

LeBron James

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Guaranteed earnings: $532,119,451

Career earnings so far: $390,511,090 in 19 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $443,664,916

Highest salary so far: $44,474,988 in 2022-23 (4th in the NBA)

Kevin Durant

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Guaranteed earnings: $511,827,650

Career earnings so far: $314,170,742 in 14 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $347,434,496

Highest salary so far: $44,119,845 in 2022-23 (5th in the NBA)

Stephen Curry

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Guaranteed earnings: $473,212,714

Career earnings so far: $257,859,052 in 13 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $278,342,938

Highest salary so far: $48,070,014 in 2022-22 (1st in the NBA)

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

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Guaranteed earnings: $451,772,802

Career earnings so far: $193,078,511 in 10 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $206,875,088

Highest salary so far: $42,492,492 in 2022-23 (8th in the NBA)

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal celebrates after a play
Bradley Beal celebrates after a play

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Guaranteed earnings: $430,567,673

Career earnings so far: $179,548,023 in 10 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $193,029,189

Highest salary so far: $43,279,250 in 2022-23 (6th in the NBA)

Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Guaranteed earnings: $420,726,481

Career earnings so far: $117,688,678 in seven seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $123,456,815

Highest salary so far: $33,047,803 in 2022-23 (31st in the NBA)

Karl-Anthony Towns

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Guaranteed earnings: $408,197,035

Career earnings so far: $114,123,435 in seven seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $120,209,429

Highest salary so far: $33,833,400 in 2022-23 (24th in the NBA)

Devin Booker

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Guaranteed earnings: $392,390,165

Career earnings so far: $98,316,565 in seven seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $102,642,272

Highest salary so far: $33,833,400 in 2022-23 (24th in the NBA)

Joel Embiid

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Guaranteed earnings: $375,980,446

Career earnings so far: $133,819,676 in six seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $141,869,612

Highest salary so far: $33,616,770 in 2022-23 (28th in the NBA)

Chris Paul

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Guaranteed earnings: $375,177,385

Career earnings so far: $330,977,385 in 17 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $371,124,954

Highest salary so far: $41,358,814 in 2020-21 (2nd in the NBA)

Jimmy Butler

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Guaranteed earnings: $365,096,659

Career earnings so far: $181,047,328 in 11 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $193,887,245

Highest salary so far: $37,653,300 in 2022-23 (15th in the NBA)

Paul George

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Guaranteed earnings: $355,882,613

Career earnings so far: $218,962,361 in 12 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $236,282,926

Highest salary so far: $42,492,568 in 2022-23 (7th in the NBA)

Kevin Garnett

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Career earnings: $343,862,398 in 21 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $472,836,569

Highest salary: $28,000,000 in 2003-04 (1st in the NBA)

James Harden

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Guaranteed earnings: $340,679,833

Career earnings so far: $272,039,833 in 13 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $296,033,621

Highest salary so far: $44,310,840 in 2021-22 (2nd in the NBA)

Russell Westbrook

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Guaranteed earnings: $338,819,811

Career earnings so far: $291,756,333 in 14 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $318,863,283

Highest salary so far: $47,063,478 in 2022-23 (3rd in the NBA)

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Guaranteed earnings: $336,815,560

Career earnings so far: $147,960,040 in nine seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $156,563,071

Highest salary so far: $42,492,492 in 2022-23 (8th in the NBA)

Kobe Bryant

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Career earnings: $328,237,108 in 20 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $424,544,682

Highest salary: $30,453,000 in 2013-14 (1st in the NBA)

Anthony Davis

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Guaranteed earnings: $311,521,148

Career earnings so far: $189,720,908 in 10 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $204,120,829

Highest salary so far: $37,980,720 in 2022-23 (14th in the NBA)

Rudy Gobert

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Guaranteed earnings: $307,003,368

Career earnings so far: $138,348,195 in nine seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $146,287,225

Highest salary so far: $38,172,414 in 2022-23 (12th in the NBA)

Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Guaranteed earnings: $302,806,997

Career earnings so far: $87,647,297 in eight seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $92,627,782

Highest salary so far: $37,096,500 in 2022-23 (17th in the NBA)

Jrue Holiday

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Guaranteed earnings: $296,690,965

Career earnings so far: $188,214,724 in 13 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $204,049,796

Highest salary so far: $33,665,040 in 2022-23 (27th in the NBA)

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard handling the ball
Kawhi Leonard handling the ball

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Guaranteed earnings: $295,311,514

Career earnings so far: $191,133,262 in 10 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $204,808,679

Highest salary so far: $42,492,492 in 2022-23 (8th in the NBA)

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal, Finals MVP, 2001
Shaquille O'Neal, Finals MVP, 2001

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Career earnings: $292,198,327 in 19 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $434,241,762

Highest salary: $27,696,430 in 2004-05 (1st in the NBA)

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat
Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat

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Guaranteed earnings: $275,157,919

Career earnings so far: $217,142,045 in 16 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $237,535,254

Highest salary so far: $33,296,296 in 2019-20 (9th in the NBA)

Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets
Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets

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Guaranteed earnings: $270,922,778

Career earnings so far: $209,347,778 in 12 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $226,960,324

Highest salary so far: $32,700,690 in 2019-20 (16th in the NBA)

Klay Thompson

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Guaranteed earnings: $269,552,761

Career earnings so far: $185,733,241 in nine seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $199,130,367

Highest salary so far: $40,600,080 in 2022-23 (11th in the NBA)

Kevin Love

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Guaranteed earnings: $266,912,642

Career earnings so far: $237,969,812 in 14 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $261,793,179

Highest salary so far: $31,258,256 in 2020-21 (20th in the NBA)

Mike Conley

Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley, Utah Jazz

Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Guaranteed earnings: $266,541,596

Career earnings so far: $229,541,596 in 15 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $252,905,648

Highest salary so far: $34,502,132 in 2020-21 (10th in the NBA)

DeMar DeRozan

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Guaranteed earnings: $258,605,770

Career earnings so far: $202,705,770 in 13 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $221,008,321

Highest salary so far: $27,739,975 in 2017-18 (10th in the NBA)

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin, Brooklyn Nets
Blake Griffin, Brooklyn Nets

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Guaranteed earnings: $258,432,713

Career earnings so far: $258,432,713 in 12 seasons

Adjusted to inflation: $283,499,024

Highest salary so far: $34,449,964 in 2019-20 (8th in the NBA)

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