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12-03-2009, 01:14 AM
Found an interesting article on HoopsWorld.com. Check it out guys.

By: Jason Fleming

The first section is the highest paid players in the league overall. After that we take a look at the highest paid players per position.

(All numbers in millions, rounded to the nearest $100,000.)

Highest Paid Overall
1 Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers - $23.0
2 Jermaine O'Neal, Miami HEAT - $23.0
3 Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets - $22.5
4 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs $22.2
5 Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland Cavaliers $21.0
6 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks - $19.8
7 Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics - $19.8
8 Ray Allen, Boston Celtics - $18.8
9 Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic - $18.0
10 Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks - $17.0

That's not a bad list of talent there overall. Sure, it might be on the wrong side of 30 and there are some serious injury concerns, but for the most part these players are still effective NBA players. Plus, I count three guaranteed Hall of Famers (Bryant, Duncan, Shaq), three more with a great case (Nowitzki, Pierce, Allen), plus two others who at one time were very dominant (Jermaine and McGrady). No one batted an eye when those eight signed their deals.

Lewis and Redd? Both very good players, but very few would consider them top-ten talents who should be rewarded that way.

Highest Paid Point Guard
1 Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards - $16.2
2 Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets - $13.5
3 Deron Williams, Utah Jazz - $13.5

Highest Paid Shooting Guard
1 Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers - $23.0
2 Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets - $22.5
3 Ray Allen, Boston Celtics - $18.8

Highest Paid Small Forward
1 Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics - $19.8
2 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers - $15.8
3 Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets $15.8

Highest Paid Power Forward
1 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs $22.2
2 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks - $19.8
3 Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic - $18.0

Highest Paid Center
1 Jermaine O'Neal, Miami HEAT - $23.0
2 Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland Cavaliers $21.0
3 Yao Ming, Houston Rockets - $16.4

So what stands out the most here? Here's a hint look at the second and third-highest for each position. Do you see one glaring difference? Yep, point guards as a whole seem to be the lowest compensated position in the NBA. Does anyone else find that just a little bit odd?

It's interesting if you stretch these lists out to 10 players the point guard position is the first to reach under $10 million and it's at the nine spot with Jason Terry ($9.6 million).

On the flip side is the power forward position, where they 10th-highest paid player (Denver's Kenyon Martin) still makes $15.6 million.

Now for a little bit of fun let's look at the highest paid duos and trios.

Highest Paid Duo
1 L.A. Lakers (Bryant, Gasol) - $39.5
2 Houston (McGrady, Yao) - $38.9
3 - Miami (Jermaine, Wade) $38.8
4 Boston (Pierce, Allen) - $38.6
5 Cleveland (Shaq, LeBron) - $36.8

This list shouldn't be too surprising. The Lakers, Rockets, HEAT, and Cavaliers all have a top-five paid player, and the Celtics have two in the top 10.

Highest Paid Trio
1 Boston (Pierce, Allen, Garnett) - $55.0
2 - L.A. Lakers (Bryant, Gasol, Bynum) - $52.0
3 San Antonio (Duncan, Jefferson, Parker) - $49.0
4 Orlando (Lewis, Carter, Howard) - $48.5
5 Cleveland (Shaq, LeBron, Zydrunas Ilgauskas) - $48.3

Again, none of these teams should be a surprise, given they each have at least one top-10 highest paid player plus a couple more that all make over $11.4 million (that would be Cleveland reserve center Zydrunas Ilgauskas).

It's interesting to note that while only three of the teams on the duo list (Lakers, Celtics, and Cavs) are top-tier teams, all five of the teams on the trios list are considered among the best in the league. Is that a coincidence? Or a requirement for winning?


IDB Josh M
12-03-2009, 01:58 AM
Lebron at 15 milion?! Cleveland has ZERO excuse not to surround him with expensive talent. *ahem*

12-03-2009, 02:29 AM
PG's should stop making their teammates better, consider it a strike until they get paid what they deserve.

12-03-2009, 03:39 AM
Kobe is not the highest paid player in the league, it's McGrady. Unless there's something I don't know or, hoopshype is wrong. I've heard commentators mention McGrady as the highest paid player as well.