NBA Players Making the Most Money During the 2017-18 Season

As many of you know by now, the salaries of NBA players seem to be getting out of hand. As more revenue comes in and the salary cap increases, teams are able to lure players in with contracts contained exorbitant amounts of guaranteed money. It’s to the point where it feels like a historically heavy deal is signed on a monthly basis.

In hopes of keeping you up to date on the most expensive NBA players, we’ve put together this list of the highest salaries in the league in 2017-18. These ballers will be bringing in the big bucks in the coming months, with even more massive contracts set to be signed when the salary cap inevitably rises next offseason.

FYI: Ties are broken based on guaranteed money throughout the life of the contract.

All contract details courtesy of Basketball Reference.

20. Anthony Davis/Andre Drummond
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2017-18 Salary: $23,775,506

Since they have the exact same 2017-18 salary, same guaranteed money and same total money over the remainder of their contracts, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are tied here at No. 20. Either way, they’re both well worth the money for their respective teams. Drummond will be looking for a bounce-back season with the Detroit Pistons, while Davis figures to watch his star rise even further as one of the NBA’s most dynamic big men.

19. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
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2017-18 Salary: $23,775,506

John Wall may get most of the credit for the Washington Wizards‘ success, but they wouldn’t be an Eastern Conference contender without Bradley Beal. The scoring machine at the 2 spot has been a revelation for D.C. since arriving as the 2012 third-overall pick. As long as he can replicate his numbers from a season ago, he’ll be well worth the $23.7 million in 2017-18.

18. C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
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2017-18 Salary: $23,962,573

One of the NBA’s most active players, C.J. McCollum earns every dollar the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to pay him with his relentless motor and tenacity. Plus, he’s a spectacular shooter who perfectly compliments Damian Lillard in the Blazers’ starting lineup. Just heading into his prime, McCollum figures to take another step forward in his development during the 2017-18 campaign.

17. Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
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2017-18 Salary: $24,599,495

Realistically, Chris Paul should be making more money right now. Instead of testing the open market and landing himself one final long-term deal, he opted in and was traded to the Houston Rockets. Still, the veteran point guard is raking in plenty of dough this season as the new running mate to James Harden. Paul may be getting up there in age, but he’s still one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league.

16. Otto Porter, Washington Wizards
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2017-18 Salary: $24,773,250

Otto Porter Jr. decided to have his breakout season at just the right time. In a contract 2016-17 season, the former first-round pick emerged as one of the most exciting young wing scorers in the NBA. That resulted in a massive new contract from the Wizards, who will be expecting even bigger and better things from Porter in 2017-18.

15. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
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2017-18 Salary: $25,000,000

Kevin Durant most have loved the sweet taste of winning the 2018 NBA Finals, because he took a significant pay cut to stick with the Golden State Warriors for another year. It was a bold move, but one that proved he’s read to compete for another title — even if it means making a small financial sacrifice. As long as Durant is willing to accept less money to stay in the Bay Area, the Warriors will be among the NBA’s elite.

14. Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
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2017-18 Salary: $25,686,667

Honestly, it’s a bit shocking to see Jrue Holiday this high on the list of loaded NBA players. While a quality starter and proven playmaker, the Pelicans’ starting point guard isn’t exactly a superstar. He’s routinely hurt, which has limited his effectiveness over the years. I understand the New Orleans Pelicans wanted to make sure he stuck around, but $25+ million is too much for Holiday.

13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
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2017-18 Salary: $26,153,057

The leader of the Trail Blazers is bringing in big bucks in 2017-18, and for good reason. One of the league’s top point guard talents, Lillard will be looking to put together another outstanding campaign in the coming months. Between his absurd scoring skills, ability to set up teammates and tenacity on defense, Lillard should have little trouble making it worth every penny for Portland brass.

12. Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder
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2017-18 Salary: $26,243,760

The Oklahoma City Thunder got a good one with the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks. While he’s costing them a pretty penny in 2017-18, he’s well worth the price of admission. Carmelo brings another unstoppable scoring threat to the Thunder lineup, teaming with Russell Westbrook and Paul George to form one of the most fearsome Big 3’s in recent memory.

11. Al Horford, Boston Celtics
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2017-18 Salary: $27,734,405

Personally, I don’t think Al Horford quite lived up to the billing of a max-contract player during his first year with the Boston Celtics. Whether or not that’s truly the case, he’s still a key piece to this franchise’s pursuit of an NBA Finals berth in 2017-18. Even if he does primarily play the 5 spot, look for Horford to own the boards and provide Kyrie Irving an exciting option to feed down low.

10. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
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2017-18 Salary: $27,739,975

The Toronto Raptors‘ slashing guard has certainly earned his keep over the years. Although not an elite shooter by any means, DeMar DeRozan uses his ridiculous athleticism and handles to get to the rim with ease. Not only is he one piece of one of the NBA’s most expensive backcourts, but he’s one of the top 2 guards throughout the league. Well worth the $27.7 million in 2017-18.

9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
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2017-18 Salary: $28,299,399

Harden may have fallen short of winning the 2016-17 NBA MVP award, but his bank account hasn’t been hurting since emerging as the star of the show with the Rockets. He’s asserted himself as one of the league’s most unstoppable scorers, using his quickness and dead-eye accuracy to put up big point totals. With Paul now in town, look for him to unlock a new level of his game.

8. Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
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2017-18 Salary: $28,530,608

In all honesty, this one kind of blows me away. When I think of elite point guards, Mike Conley isn’t exactly the first name to come to mind. Still, he’s set to make absurd amounts of money heading into 2017-18. I don’t deny that Conley is an electric playmaker for the Memphis Grizzlies, but I also don’t believe he quite deserves to be the No. 8 highest paid player in the NBA this season.

7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
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2017-18 Salary: $28,530,608

The reigning MVP comes in at No. 7, but that’ll change next year. After signing the supermax contract extension with the Thunder recently, Westbrook now owns one of the most lucrative contracts in NBA history. Unfortunately, that massive payday doesn’t kick in until next season. Still, he’s making plenty as he heads into a year where his supporting cast makes Oklahoma City a legitimate threat to knock off the Warriors.

6. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
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2017-18 Salary: $28,703,704

Honestly, I wouldn’t have expected Kyle Lowry to be this high on the list based solely on talent. Don’t get me wrong — he’s a great point guard for the Raptors. I don’t, however, think he’s one of the Top 10 players in the NBA. Still, he’s the fearless leader for Toronto who has more than earned the serious dough he’s scheduled to earn in 2017-18.

5. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
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2017-18 Salary: $29,512,900

With CP3 now out of the picture, it’s Blake Griffin‘s time to be the star for the Los Angeles Clippers. That is, if he can stay healthy and play like the elite talent he is. While the Clippers may have undergone a huge rebuild this offseason, Griffin’s presence in the paint should give them a good shot at staying relatively competitive in the tough Western Conference.

4. Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics
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2017-18 Salary: $29,727,900

This offseason was a great one for Gordon Hayward. He became the proud owner of a nearly-$30 million salary, was reunited with his former college coach, and is now the centerpiece for an outstanding Celtics team. Teamed with a couple of other stars and some exciting young prospects, Hayward should enjoy more success than he ever did with the Utah Jazz.

3. Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
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2017-18 Salary: $31,269,231

Another beneficiary of the latest max contract bump, Paul Millsap‘s 11 seasons helped him land the third-highest salary in 2017-18. It’s a small price to pay for one of the most well-rounded, underappreciated bigs in the NBA, though. While he often gets overlooked as a star, there’s no denying his presence could make the Denver Nuggets legitimate contenders this season.

2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
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2017-18 Salary: $33,285,709

LeBron James may be the greatest player in the game right now, but he is not the highest paid. That’s okay, though. The generational talent has made more than his fair share of money, and figures to keep doing so no matter where he’s playing in 2018-19. Either way, James still has a few more years of elite production before his star begins to fade.

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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2017-18 Salary: $34,682,550

Does it come as a surprise to anyone that Stephen Curry, the two-time MVP and one of the most likable NBA players, is the highest-paid player in the league? He’s been the catalyst for this Warriors team, helping lead them to three straight Finals appearances. With Golden State looking better than ever, I’d expect Curry to win another ring or two before his salary cripples the Warriors financially.