Highest Paid NBA Players 2011










NBA’s 10 highest paid players 2010-2011:

10 No. 1 Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

$24.8 million

Bryant is the NBA's top-paid player for the first time this season. The $83.5 million, three-year extension he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in April assures he will stay on top through the 2013-14 season.

9 No. 2 Rashard Lewis

Orlando Magic

$20.5 million

Lewis signed a $118 million, six-year deal as a free agent in 2007 after nine seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Lewis has seen his scoring average decline three straight years.

8 No. 3 Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics

$18.8 million

Garnett's massive $126 million contract signed during his third season in the league was a major reason behind the NBA lockout that shortened the 1998-99 season. The Big Ticket was the league's highest-paid player for three straight years until Tracy McGrady took the title last season.

7 No. 4 Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

$18.7 million

Duncan can make a strong case as the greatest power forward to ever play the game with four titles, two MVP awards and nine selections to the All-NBA first team. His current contract with the Spurs expires after next season.

6 No. 5 Michael Redd

Milwaukee Bucks

$18.3 million

The Bucks' sharpshooter has seen his last two seasons cut short by serious knee injuries. Redd's salary is likely to take a major haircut when his six-year, $90 million deal expires after this season.

5 No. 6 (tie) Pau Gasol

Los Angeles Lakers

$17.8 million

Gasol and Bryant are both under contract with the Lakers through the 2013-14 season. Gasol signed an extension during last season that added three years and $60 million to his existing deal.

4 No. 6 (tie) Andrei Kirilenko

Utah Jazz

$17.8 million

Kirilenko is nicknamed AK-47 for his initials and number with the Jazz (he was also born in Russia, home to the famous assault rifle). He fills up a stat sheet with rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, but his production hasn't matched the $86 million deal he signed in 2004.

3 No. 8 Gilbert Arenas

Washington Wizards

$17.7 million

Injuries and a suspension for bringing guns into the locker room forced Agent Zero to miss 80% of his team's games since signing a $111 million deal in 2008. His contract with three-plus years left on it might be the most impossible to trade in the league.

2 No. 9 Yao Ming

Houston Rockets

$17.7 million

Yao is one of the best centers in the game when healthy, but he was sidelined all of last season with a broken foot. Yao is in the final year of his contract with the Rockets and will have to prove he is healthy to command another big ticket contract.

1 No. 10 Zach Randolph

Memphis Grizzlies

$17.3 million

Randolph has had a checkered NBA career and never lived up to the $84 million, six-year deal he signed in 2004. He had his most success last season when he made his first All-Star team and led the Grizzlies to a 16-game improvement in the win column.

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