NBA contracts have always remained a hot topic of discussion in sports media and between fans alike. NBA contracts in recent years have taken a significant bump in recent years, to an extent where Steph Curry recently became the only player to have signed back-to-back $200 million-plus deals.
Top five contracts in the NBA right now
From LeBron James to Kevin Durant, the top echelon of NBA stars comes among the richest athletes in the world bracket. Their NBA contract is a major part of their earnings, and on that note, let's look at the five biggest contracts in the NBA currently.
#5 - Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz - $205 million
Three-time Defensive Player of the Winner Rudy Gobert signed a five year, $205 million contract with the Utah Jazz, which will keep him with the championship contenders till 2026. The French international recently earned a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will now be looking to win the NBA championship with the Utah Jazz in the forthcoming season.
Purely known for his defense in the paint and shot-blocking skills, Gobert being on number five will come as a shock to a lot of fans.
#4 - Russell Westbrook, LA Lakers - $206 million
Russell Westbrook originally signed a five year, $206 million extension with the OKC Thunder, but since then has played for three different teams in the last three years. After a year with each of the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook will return to his hometown team, the LA Lakers, to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Westbrook had a productive season with the Washington Wizards, averaging a staggering 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for them. His athleticism remains intact, and with the exception of jump shooting and perimeter defense, there is perhaps no chink in his armor.
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#3 - Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks - $207 million
Luka Doncic etched his name into the history books by signing the biggest rookie extension in NBA history. He will make $207 million over the next five years, establishing himself as one of the highest-paid stars in the league at the tender age of 22.
Doncic displayed MVP level form and consistency during the 2020-21 NBA season, putting up 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game for the Dallas Mavericks. He crashed out of the first round of the playoffs with a loss to the LA Clippers for the second consecutive time, and will now look to come back stronger this year.
#2 - Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors - $215 million
Like Doncic, Steph Curry made history as well, becoming the first player ever to sign two back-to-back $200 million-plus extensions. Curry has been loyal to the Golden State Warriors since they drafted him, and the management has rewarded his service with another blockbuster contract.
Stephen Curry is coming off an MVP year in which went toe-to-toe with Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic for the Maurice Podoloff trophy. Jokic eventually won the coveted prize, but the fact that Curry had a stellar season after coming back from a wrist injury is commendable.
#1 - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks - $228 million
2021 NBA championship and Finals MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo also holds the biggest contract in the league. After months of speculation, Antetokounmpo signed an extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020, pledging his future to the franchise that drafted him.
The front office reacted by going all out and acquiring players like Jrue Holiday and PJ Tucker, who eventually helped Antetokounmpo and the Bucks lift the trophy this year. Giannis Antetokounmpo already has one of the most enviable resumes in the NBA at just 26 years of age, and can follow Curry into becoming the second player to sign back-to-back $200 million plus extensions.
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