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NBA Salaries – Food for Thought

1. Stephen Curry, PG Golden State Warriors $34,382,550
The median household income in Oakland was $68,000 in 2016.
It will take nearly 10 years for the average household in Oakland to earn what Curry makes in 1 week.

2 LeBron James, SF Cleveland Cavaliers $33,285,709
The median household income in Cleveland was $27,551 in 2016.
It will take 23 years for the average household in Cleveland to earn what Lebron makes in 1 week.

3 Paul Millsap, PF Denver Nuggets $31,269,231
The median household income in Denver was $61,105 in 2016.
It will take nearly 10 years for the average household in Denver to earn what Millsap makes in 1 week.

4 Gordon Hayward, SF Boston Celtics $29,727,900
It will take 9 years for the average household in Boston to earn what Hayward makes in 1 week.
The median household income in Boston was $63,621 in 2016.

5 Blake Griffin, PF LA Clippers $29,512,900
It will take 10 ½ years for the average household in Los Angeles to earn what Griffin makes in 1 week.
The median household income in Los Angeles was $54,432 in 2016.

In 1999 the highest paid player was Shaquille O’Neal at $17,142,000.
In 2005 Shaquille O’Neal was the highest paid player at $20,000,000.
In 2010 Kobe Bryant was the highest paid player at $23,034,375.
In 2015 Kobe Bryant was the highest paid player at $25,000,000.
56 players make $17 million or more this season.
37 players make $20 million or more this season.
24 players make $23 million or more this season.
15 players make $25 million or more this season.

Median income source: U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey

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