The process of hiring a coach or manager is very different from hiring a player. Coaches are hired based on wins or ability to produce wins (sometimes the ability to build teams even if they are losing). However, there are many variables in hiring and paying players. While skill and stats generally guarantee the most money, so can a player’s ability to draw in a crowd, fit into a specific role for the team, the timing of their contract, and many others.
This year in the NBA, after a multi-billion dollar TV deal, salaries for 2016-2017 and beyond will be extremely high compared to previous seasons. Players who were able to take advantage of this new deal round out this list, so seeing guys like Stephen Curry aren’t here (or Lebron James isn’t No. 1) might come as a surprise.
In any case, here are the players who will earn the most money (salary) in the 2016-2017 NBA season:
Mike Conley Jr.
Conley is the son of triple jump Olympic gold and silver medalist Mike Conley Mr. Conley has played for the Memphis Grizzlies since he was selected fourth in the 2007 NBA draft. The veteran point guard recently signed the richest contract in history of the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies for a value of 153 million dollars. This lucrative contract will see him earn an average annual salary of $ 30,521,115. In 2016-2017, Conley will earn a base salary of $ 26,540,100.
Born on August 26, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, James Harden is the starting forward / guard for the Houston Rockets. He began his career playing for Arizona State and was named All-American Player of the Year in 2009. In that same year, Harden was selected with the third overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team he helped reach the NBA Finals. in 2012 and was named the NBA’s sixth man of the year. Harden’s contract ended in 2012 after negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder fell through, and he moved to the Houston Rockets. He is considered one of the most dangerous and skilled NBA players in the league (although his defense is terrible). Harden’s base salary in 2016-2017 is $ 26,540,100 and following the recent 4-year contract with the Houston Rockets of $ 118,103,446 he will guarantee an average salary of $ 29,525,862.
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso was born on June 3, 1986 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Horford just signed a deal to play for the Boston Celtics. He is the son of former NBA player Tito Horford. He began his career at Grand Ledge High School and in 2004. During college at the University of Florida he became the fourth player to score 1,000 career points.
The Atlanta Hawks selected Al Horford with the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. After 9 years in the league, Horford now earns a base salary of $ 26,540,100. His current 4-year contract with the Boston Celtics is worth $ 113,326,228 and will guarantee him an average salary of $ 28,331,557. .
Carmelo Kyam Anthony currently plays forward for the New York Knicks. He was born on May 29, 1984 in New York. Carmelo entered the 2003 NBA draft after his freshman season at Syracuse and was selected with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. During his time at Denve, Carmelo led the team to the playoffs between 2004 and 2010 every year (but they never got very far). During this time the team had two division titles. Anthony has been named an NBA All-Team six times and an All-Star nine times. On February 22, 2011, Carmelo moved to the New York Knicks and in 2013 led the Knicks to their first win in a playoff series since 2000. Carmelo will earn a base salary of $ 24,559,380 in 2016-2017. He currently has a contract with the New York Knicks worth $ 124,064,681.
Durant is now a Golden State Warrior despite having spent his last nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is a prolific scorer and an excellent defender. He’s been an All-Star every year, but a title has eluded him since he joined the league. People say that’s why he left Oklahoma. We will not go into that. His 2-year contract with Golden State is worth $ 54,274,505, Durant is set to earn a base salary of $ 26,540,100. He is estimated to have a net worth of $ 120 million.
James is one of the most successful NBA players in history and perhaps the greatest forward of all time. He has won three NBA championships in 2012, 2013 and 2016 and also won the player awards …