The 25 highest-paid NBA players of all time

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The NBA may still be behind the NFL and Major League Baseball in terms of generating revenue, but thanks to skyrocketing TV contracts and smaller rosters, an NBA career can be quite lucrative.

This is especially true for the athletes who played a large chunk of their careers between the late 1990s and the 2011 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 large contracts for players who are not among the all-time greats.

Here is a look at the 25 players who have made at least $158 million, according to data collected from Spotrac and Basketball-Reference:

 

25. Rasheed Wallace ― $158,110,581

25. Rasheed Wallace ― $158,110,581

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $17 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 4

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

24. Chris Paul ― $158,226,325

24. Chris Paul ― $158,226,325

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Seasons: 12

Highest single-season salary: $22.9 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 9

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

 

23. Tyson Chandler ― $158,586,645

23. Tyson Chandler ― $158,586,645

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 1

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

22. Vince Carter ― $159,087,631

22. Vince Carter ― $159,087,631

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $18.3 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 8

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

21. Amar’e Stoudemire ― $161,628,892

Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.4 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 6

NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

 

20. Tracy McGrady ― $162,978,278

20. Tracy McGrady ― $162,978,278

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

 

19. Elton Brand — $164,901,096

19. Elton Brand — $164,901,096

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $17.1 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

18. Jermaine O’Neal ― $168,794,021

18. Jermaine O'Neal ― $168,794,021

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Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $23 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 6

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

17. Zach Randolph ― $172,597,245

17. Zach Randolph ― $172,597,245

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $17.8 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 2

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

16. Dwyane Wade ― $176,115,934

16. Dwyane Wade ― $176,115,934

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million

Championships: 3

All-Star Games: 12

NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

 

15. Chris Webber ― $178,230,697

15. Chris Webber ― $178,230,697

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Seasons: 15

Highest single-season salary: $19.1 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 5

NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

 

14. Pau Gasol — $182,999,615

14. Pau Gasol — $182,999,615

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $19.3 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 6

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

13. Ray Allen ― $184,356,410

13. Ray Allen ― $184,356,410

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Seasons: 18

Highest single-season salary: $18.8 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

12. Dwight Howard — $186,735,761

12. Dwight Howard — $186,735,761

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Seasons: 13

Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 8

NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

 

11. Chris Bosh — $186,936,512

11. Chris Bosh — $186,936,512

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $23.7 million

Championships: 2

All-Star Games: 11

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

10. Jason Kidd ― $187,675,468

10. Jason Kidd ― $187,675,468

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $21.4 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

 

9. Paul Pierce ― $194,035,952

9. Paul Pierce ― $194,035,952

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $19.8 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

8. LeBron James ― $200,607,292

8. LeBron James ― $200,607,292

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $31.0 million

Championships: 3

All-Star Games: 13

NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

 

7. Carmelo Anthony ― $201,120,659

7. Carmelo Anthony ― $201,120,659

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Seasons: 14

Highest single-season salary: $24.6 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 10

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

6. Joe Johnson — $203,542,249

6. Joe Johnson — $203,542,249

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Seasons: 16

Highest single-season salary: $24.9 million

Championships: 0

All-Star Games: 7

NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

 

5. Tim Duncan ― $238,262,300

5. Tim Duncan ― $238,262,300

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $22.2 million

Championships: 5

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

 

4. Dirk Nowitzki ― $241,646,362

4. Dirk Nowitzki ― $241,646,362

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Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 13

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

 

3. Shaquille O’Neal ― $286,344,668

Seasons: 19

Highest single-season salary: $27.7 million

Championships: 4

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 8

 

2. Kobe Bryant ― $323,312,307

2. Kobe Bryant ― $323,312,307

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Seasons: 20

Highest single-season salary: $30.5 million

Championships: 5

All-Star Games: 18

NBA First-team All-NBA: 11

 

1. Kevin Garnett ― $326,362,956

1. Kevin Garnett ― $326,362,956

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Seasons: 21

Highest single-season salary: $28 million

Championships: 1

All-Star Games: 15

NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

By: Cork Gaines

c/o Business Insider

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