NBA salaries are based on market value, and, for the most part, are relative. A weak free agent class typically over values certain players (re: Rashard Lewis). Similarly, longevity increases max contract value, thus explaining why LeBron James can be ranked behind players like Joe Johnson. So when you read the following list – big shoutout to @warriorsworld on this – which chronicles the top 25 career NBA salaries, don’t look at it as a barometer of the greatest players. Rather, see it as the ultimate expression of the NBA as a business, in which certain players have taken advantage of their situation to cash in as much as possible.
(Note: active contracts are factored in.)
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25. Steve Nash – $146,736,620
He may have racked up two MVPs and held the title of the NBAs best point guard for a number of years, but Steve Nash is not one of the 25 greatest players ever. Still, the money feels well deserved for Nash, especially when he toiled in Phoenix despite their anti-winning salary cap ways without complaint.