Top 10 Paid NBA Players For The 2012-2013 Season
According to NBC Sports, here is a look at the salaries of the top 10 highest paid players in the NBA for the upcoming season.
1. Kobe Bryant (Lakers) $27,849,149
2. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) $20,907,128
3. Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) $20,463,024
4. Amare Stoudemire (Knicks) $19,948,799
5. Joe Johnson (Nets) $19,752,645
6. Dwight Howard (Lakers) $19,536,360
7. Pau Gasol (Lakers) $19,000,000
8. Chris Paul (Clippers) $17,779,458
9 (T). Chris Bosh (Heat) $17,545,000
9 (T). LeBron James (Heat) $17,545,000
(Bonus) 11. Dwyane Wade (Heat) $17,182,000
At the age of 34, Kobe Bryant is still the highest paid player in the league by a country mile with a nearly $7 million gap between the number two spot. I’m sure Kobe Bryant would claim that he warrants this amount due to the global star status he has obtained over the years. Of course, Kobe is paid handsomely but what he generates for the Lakers in terms of ticket sales (and with that refreshments, parking, etc.), sponsorships, television rights revenue and so on vastly outweighs what he gets paid.
There will always be the argument that entertainers are overvalued and we as a society need to balance this out but in terms of revenue these are the guys that bring in the big bucks for their respective teams. With that being said, who doesn’t deserve to be a top ten paid NBA player?
In my opinion the best players deserve the most money but some of the best players in the league aren’t even on this list. Players like the 2011 MVP Derrick Rose and three time scoring champ Kevin Durant spring to mind. They seem to play basketball for the love of the sport. Rather than striving for a pay cheque or fame they are spurred on by the desire to win.
I feel that the NBA should have more balance. Two teams, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, have three of their starting five in the list. Arguably the three biggest cities in America in Los Angeles, Miami and New York have eight out of the eleven players on the list.
If only salary equalled production… If that were the case, the New York Knicks would be in title contention and the Los Angeles Lakers would be working on their 6th title this upcoming season.
Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)