NBA Team Payrolls 2021: From the Knicks ($92M) to the Warriors ($173M)

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After being one of just four teams to pay a luxury tax last season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Oklahoma City Thunder decreased their payroll this offseason to become one of the smallest in the league.

With a payroll of $95.6 million, the only team that is spending less than the Thunder is the New York Knicks, who are on the books for $92 million according to Basketball Reference.

Al Horford is the only Thunder player who is paid more than $13 million this season.

Here’s a look at every NBA team’s salary figure and their top five earners. This is accurate as of Jan. 21 and will change as trades are made or free agents are signed.

The salary cap for the 2020-21 season is $109.1 million and the luxury tax is $132.6 million

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30. New York Knicks: $92,029,122

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Julius Randle: $18,900,000 RJ Barrett: $8,231,760 Frank Ntilikina: $6,176,578 Alec Burks: $6,000,000 Elfrid Payton: $5,760,000

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: $95,608,803

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Al Horford: $27,500,000 Trevor Ariza: $12,800,000 George Hill: $9,590,602 Darius Miller: $7,000,000 Justin Jackson: $5,029,650

28. Sacramento Kings: $108,660,500

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Buddy Hield: $24,431,818 Harrison Barnes: $22,215,909 Cory Joseph: $12,600,000 Marvin Bagley III: $8,963,640 De'Aaron Fox: $8,099,627

27. Atlanta Hawks: $115,248,809

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Danilo Gallinari: $19,500,000 Bogdan Bogdanović: $18,000,000 Clint Capela: $16,000,000 Tony Snell: $12,178,571 Rajon Rondo: $7,500,000

26. Boston Celtics: $117,111,401

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Kemba Walker: $34,379,100 Jaylen Brown: $22,991,071 Marcus Smart: $13,446,428 Jayson Tatum: $9,897,120 Tristan Thompson: $9,258,000

25. Detroit Pistons: $119,744,920

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Blake Griffin: $36,595,996 Jerami Grant: $19,047,619 Delon Wright: $9,000,000 Mason Plumlee: $8,000,000 Derrick Rose: $7,682,927

24. Charlotte Hornets: $121,989,128

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Gordon Hayward: $28,500,000.00 Terry Rozier: $18,900,000.00 Cody Zeller: $15,415,730.00 LaMelo Ball: $7,839,960.00 Malik Monk: $5,345,687.00

23. Chicago Bulls: $124,006,443

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Otto Porter: $28,489,239 Zach LaVine: $19,500,000 Thaddeus Young: $13,545,000 Tomáš Satoranský: $10,000,000 Cristiano Felício: $7,529,020

22. Miami Heat: $124,604,440

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Jimmy Butler: $34,379,100 Goran Dragić: $18,000,000 Andre Iguodala: $15,000,000 Kelly Olynyk: $12,198,243 Meyers Leonard: $9,756,098

21. Indiana Pacers: $125,450,042

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Malcolm Brogdon: $20,700,000 Myles Turner: $18,000,000 Domantas Sabonis: $17,187,500 Caris LeVert: $16,203,704 T.J. Warren: $11,750,000

20. Denver Nuggets: $125,885,711

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Jamal Murray: $29,250,000 Nikola Jokić: $28,542,009 Gary Harris: $19,160,714 Will Barton: $13,920,000 Paul Millsap: $10,000,000

19. Dallas Mavericks: $126,463,122

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Kristaps Porziņģis: $29,467,800 Tim Hardaway Jr.: $18,975,000 James Johnson: $16,047,100 Josh Richardson: $10,800,000 Dwight Powell: $10,185,185

18. Phoenix Suns: $126,497,770

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Chris Paul: $41,358,814 Devin Booker: $29,430,000 Deandre Ayton: $10,018,200 Jae Crowder: $9,258,000 Dario Šarić: $8,333,333

17. Toronto Raptors: $127,094,566

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Kyle Lowry: $30,000,000 Pascal Siakam: $29,000,000 Fred VanVleet: $21,250,000 Norman Powell: $10,865,952 Aron Baynes: $6,975,610

16. Memphis Grizzlies: $128,519,246

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Gorgui Dieng: $17,287,640 Jonas Valančiūnas: $15,000,000 Justise Winslow: $13,000,000 Dillon Brooks: $11,400,000 Kyle Anderson: $9,505,100

15. Washington Wizards: $128,912,684

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Russell Westbrook $41,358,814 Bradley Beal $28,751,775 Dāvis Bertāns $13,793,103 Thomas Bryant $8,333,333 Robin Lopez $7,300,000

14. Minnesota Timberwolves: $129,527,263

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Karl-Anthony Towns $29,430,000 D'Angelo Russell $28,649,250 Ricky Rubio $17,000,000 Malik Beasley $13,325,895 Anthony Edwards $9,757,440

13. Houston Rockets: $129,591,612

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John Wall: $41,254,920 Victor Oladipo: $21,000,000 Eric Gordon: $16,869,276 Christian Wood: $13,015,874 Dante Exum: $9,600,000

12. New Orleans Pelicans: $130,424,855

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Steven Adams: $27,528,090 Brandon Ingram: $27,285,000 Eric Bledsoe: $16,875,000 J.J. Redick: $13,013,700 Lonzo Ball: $11,003,782

11. Portland Trail Blazers: $130,873,030

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Damian Lillard: $31,626,953 CJ McCollum: $29,354,152 Robert Covington: $12,138,345 Jusuf Nurkić: $12,000,000 Rodney Hood: $10,047,450

10. San Antonio Spurs: $130,914,100

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DeMar DeRozan: $27,739,975 LaMarcus Aldridge: $24,000,000 Dejounte Murray: $14,285,714 Rudy Gay: $14,000,000 Patty Mills: $13,285,714

9. Utah Jazz: $131,587,967

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Mike Conley: $34,504,132 Rudy Gobert: $26,525,281 Bojan Bogdanović: $17,850,000 Jordan Clarkson: $11,500,000 Joe Ingles: $10,863,637

8. Cleveland Cavliers: $132,336,162

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Kevin Love: $31,300,000 Andre Drummond: $28,751,775 Taurean Prince: $13,942,308 Larry Nance Jr.: $11,709,091 Cedi Osman: $8,750,000

7. Orlando Magic: $134,880,631

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Nikola Vučević: $26,000,000 Aaron Gordon: $18,136,364 Evan Fournier: $17,000,000 Terrence Ross: $13,500,000 Markelle Fultz: $12,288,697

6. Los Angeles Lakers: $135,459,639

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LeBron James: $39,219,565 Anthony Davis: $32,742,000 Dennis Schroder: $15,500,000 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: $12,073,020 Montrezl Harrell: $9,258,000

5. Milwaukee Bucks: $138,278,086

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Khris Middleton: $33,051,724 Giannis Antetokounmpo: $27,528,090 Jrue Holiday: $26,131,111 Brook Lopez: $12,697,675 D.J. Augustin: $6,666,667

4. Los Angeles Clippers: $140,044,613

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Paul George: $35,450,412 Kawhi Leonard: $34,379,100 Marcus Morris: $14,883,721 Patrick Beverley: $13,333,333 Serge Ibaka: $9,258,000

3. Philadelphia 76ers: $142,842,260

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Tobias Harris: $33,517,241 Joel Embiid: $29,542,010 Ben Simmons: $29,250,000 Danny Green: $15,365,854 Seth Curry: $7,813,953

2. Brooklyn Nets: $162,802,437

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James Harden: $40,824,000 Kevin Durant: $39,058,950 Kyrie Irving: $33,329,100 Joe Harris: $16,071,429 Spencer Dinwiddie: $11,454,048

1. Golden State Warriors: $173,524,090

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Stephen Curry: $43,006,362 Klay Thompson: $35,361,360 Andrew Wiggins: $29,542,010 Draymond Green: $22,246,956 Kelly Oubre Jr.: $14,375,000