Top 50 NBA salaries for the 2021-22 season

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The NBA is a star-driven league.

Since the emergence of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan as superstars in the 1980s, the NBA has grown massively in popularity — thanks in large part to the successful marketing of its standout players.

To be sure, those p

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layers are paid handsomely. More than 100 NBA players will earn a salary of more than $10 million this season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden and LeBron James are among a handful of players who will earn more than $40 million this season.

With all that in mind, Rookie Wire presents the top 50 salaries in the NBA for the 2021-22 season below.

[Source: HoopsHype salary database]

50. Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Team: Indiana Pacers

Salary: $21,700,000

49. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
Julius Randle

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: New York Knicks

Salary: $21,780,000

48. John Collins

John Collins
John Collins

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Team: Atlanta Hawks

Salary: $23,000,000

47. Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Sacramento Kings

Salary: $23,073,234

46. Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic

(Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Chicago Bulls

Salary: $24,000,000

45. Draymond Green

Draymond Green
Draymond Green

(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Team: Golden State Warriors

Salary: $24,026,712

44. DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Chicago Bulls

Salary: $26,000,000

43. Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown

(Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Boston Celtics

Salary: $26,758,928

42. Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry

(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Miami Heat

Salary: $26,984,128

41. Al Horford

Al Horford
Al Horford

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Team: Boston Celtics

Salary: $27,000,000

37 (tie). Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Team: Miami Heat

Salary: $28,103,500

37 (tie). De'Aaron Fox

De'Aaron Fox
De'Aaron Fox

(Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Sacramento Kings

Salary: $28,103,500

37 (tie). Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Team: Utah Jazz

Salary: $28,103,500

37 (tie). Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum

(Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Boston Celtics

Salary: $28,103,500

35 (tie). Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram

(Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Salary: $29,467,800

35 (tie). Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray

(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Denver Nuggets

Salary: $29,467,800

34. Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward

(Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Charlotte Hornets

Salary: $29,925,000

33. D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell
D'Angelo Russell

(Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Salary: $30,013,500

32. Chris Paul

Chris Paul
Chris Paul

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Phoenix Suns

Salary: $30,800,000

31. CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum

(Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Salary: $30,864,198

30. Kevin Love

Kevin Love
Kevin Love

(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: $31,258,256

27 (tie). Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid

(Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $31,579,390

27 (tie). Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Team: Denver Nuggets

Salary: $31,579,390

27 (tie). Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins

(Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Golden State Warriors

Salary: $31,579,390

24 (tie). Devin Booker

Devin Booker
Devin Booker

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Phoenix Suns

Salary: $31,650,600

24 (tie). Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Salary: $31,650,600

24 (tie). Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns

(Sarah Stier/Pool Photo via AP)

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Salary: $31,650,600

23. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin

(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $32,405,817

Note: Griffin will be paid $29,764,126 this season by his previous team, the Detroit Pistons, and $2,641,691 by the Nets, according to Spotrac.

22. Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday

(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $32,431,333

20 (tie). Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Team: Toronto Raptors

Salary: $33,003,936

20 (tie). Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons

(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $33,003,936

Note: The figure above is Simmons’ contracted salary for 2021-22. It does not take into account lost earnings or fines based on his sitting out games.

19. Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Team: Washington Wizards

Salary: $33,724,200

18. Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Utah Jazz

Salary: $34,844,000

17. Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker

(Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: New York Knicks

Salary: $34,967,442

16. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $35,053,700

Note: The figure above is Irving’s contracted salary for 2021-22. It does not take into account lost earnings based on his COVID-19 vaccination status.

15. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis

(Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $35,361,360

14. Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton
Khris Middleton

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $35,500,000

13. Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Salary: $35,995,950

12. Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Team: Miami Heat

Salary: $36,016,200

11. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Golden State Warriors

Salary: $37,980,720

8 (tie). Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo

(Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Salary: $39,344,900

8 (tie). Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard Clippers
Kawhi Leonard Clippers

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Salary: $39,344,900

8 (tie). Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard

(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Salary: $39,344,900

7. Paul George

Paul George
Paul George

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Salary: $39,344,970

6. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $40,918,900

5. LeBron James

LeBron James
LeBron James

(Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $41,180,544

4. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

(Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Salary: $44,211,146

2 (tie). James Harden

James Harden
James Harden

(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Salary: $44,310,840

2 (tie). John Wall

John Wall
John Wall

(Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Houston Rockets

Salary: $44,310,840

1. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Team: Golden State Warriors

Salary: $45,780,966

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