Basketball may just be a game for most of us, but for the people who have become so talented to make a career out of it; the sky really seems to be the limit when it comes to salaries. Whether you believe it or not, NBA superstars are some of the highest paid athletes today. In fact, two of the ten highest paid athletes of 2014 are basketball players—LeBron James and Kobe Braynt. But who has the top five player salaries in the NBA for 2014-2015?
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Unless you have been hiding under a rock over the past few decades, Kobe Bryant should not be an unfamiliar name to you. The famous shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most talented and decorated players today, which is why it isn’t surprising that he is on top of the list with a $23,500,000 salary for 2014-2015. Aside from his amazing plays and advertisements, Bryant is the second player who has been paid more than $30,000,000 over the past twelve years and has been the highest paid NBA player since 2009.
Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks)
Amar’e Stoudemire takes the second place on this list with a value of $23,410,988 this year. Since his NBA career began in 2002, Stoudemire has only been on two teams—Phoenix Suns (2002-2010) and New York Knicks (2010-present). Last year, Stoudemire was also part of the top five highest paid players with $21,679,893 on third following Dirk Nowitzki who is no longer one of the highest paid NBA players this year. Stoudemire has consistently been one of the top ten highest paid players since 2011.
Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets)
Sitting on the third spot is the shooting guard and small forward Joe Marcus Johnson. He currently has a value …