We used a data center of information to review the annual lists of the highest paid NBA players in the modern era of league history: from the 1984-85 season, the beginning of the wage limit era, through 2016-2017. By clicking on the ‘Top’ section you can access the most paid players of each season in the NBA with details of the salary and the equipment in which they ended in each course, with the exception of the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons To the lack of reliable data.

 

Campaign Player Team Wage Top

 

2016-17 LeBron James Cleveland $ 30,963,450 Top-50
2015-16 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 25,000,000 Top-50
2014-15 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 23,500,000 Top-50
2013-14 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 30,453,805 Top-50
2012-13 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 30,453,805 Top-50
2011-12 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 25,244,493 Top-50
2010-11 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 24,806,250 Top-50
2009-10 Kobe Bryant LA Lakers $ 23,034,375 Top-50
2008-09 Kevin Garnett Boston $ 24,751,934 Top-10
2007-08 Kevin Garnett Boston $ 23,751,934 Top-10
2006-07 Kevin Garnett Minnesota $ 21,000,000 Top-10
2005-06 Shaquille O’Neal Miami $ 20,000,000 Top-10
2004-05 Shaquille O’Neal Miami $ 29,464,000 Top-15
2003-04 Kevin Garnett Minnesota $ 28,000,000 Top-10
2002-03 Kevin Garnett Minnesota $ 25,200,000 Top-10
2001-02 Kevin Garnett Minnesota $ 22,400,000 Top-10
2000-01 Kevin Garnett Minnesota $ 19,600,000 Top-10
1999-00 Shaquille O’Neal LA Lakers $ 17,142,000 Top-10
1998-98 Patrick Ewing New York $ 18,500,000 Top-10
1997-98 Michael Jordan Chicago $ 33,140,000 Top-10
1996-97 Michael Jordan Chicago $ 30,140,000 Top-10
1995-96 Patrick Ewing New York $ 18,724,000 Top-10
1994-95 David Robinson San Antonio $ 7,300,000 Top-10
1993-94 David Robinson San Antonio $ 5,740,000 Top-10
1992-93 David Robinson San Antonio $ 5,720,000 Top-10
1991-92 Larry Bird Boston $ 7,070,000 Top-10
1990-91 Patrick Ewing New York $ 4,250,000 Top 10
1989-90 Patrick Ewing New York $ 3,250,000
1988-89 Patrick Ewing New York $ 2,750,000 Top-10
1987-88 Patrick Ewing New York $ 2,750,000 Top-10
1986-87 Magic Johnson LA Lakers $ 2,500,000 *
1985-86 Magic Johnson LA Lakers $ 2,500,000 Top 10
1984-85 Magic Johnson LA Lakers $ 2,500,000 Top-10

 

Data obtained from ESPN, Spotrac, Basketball-Reference and other sources such as the file of Patricia Bender. The NBA does not make public the wages of the players. Magic Johnson’s salary in the 1986-87 season is estimated as there are no reliable data available for that season.

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