Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Top 10 Highest Paid Basketball Players in 2013

Top 10 Highly Paid Basketball PlayersBasketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sport in the world today. It originated in North America, and is among the top three most popular games in America, along with Baseball and Soccer. And Basketball players account for some of the most popular Olympic athletes. Basketball players earn almost as much as Baseball players in America, with the top players from both sports among the highest earning athletes in the world. People like to follow them, and to learn more about them. Well, here’s a list of some of the 10 highest paid basketball players in the world for your benefit :)

10. LeBron James

  • Salary: $17,545,000
  • Team: Miami Heat
  • Age: 28
  • Position: Small Forward
LeBron James
LeBron James or nicknamed ‘King James’ is a nine-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a one-time NBA scoring champion. He also got the NBA First Team honours seven times and the NBA All-Defensive First Team selection five times. The three times selected Ohio Mr. Basketball led his team to victory in the 2012 season and got awarded the NBA Finals MVP.

9. Chris Bosh

  • Salary: $17,545,000
  • Team: Miami heat
  • Age: 29
  • Position: Center-Forward
Chris Bosh
The ‘Mr. Basketball’ of his high-school Chris Bosh is an eight-time NBA All-Star, a one time NBA All-Rookie First Team selection and a one-time NBA Shooting Stars Champion. He also got proclaimed as the Texas Mr. Basketball once.

8. Chris Paul

  • Salary: $17,779,458
  • Team: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Age: 28
  • Position: Point Guard
Chris Paul
The professional American Chris is a six-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA First Team selection, one-time All-Star Game MVP and a three-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection. He also earned two Olympic Gold medals to his name.

7. Pau Gasol

  • Salary: $19,000,000
  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Age: 32
  • Position: Power Forward
Pau Gasol
Pau, originally a rugby player who later switched to basketball is a four-time NBA All Star, a one-time NBA Rookie of the Year and a one-time NBA All-Rookie First Team selection. He also recently received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

6. Dwight Howard

  • Salary: $19,536,360 
  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Age: 27
  • Position: Center-Forward
Dwight Howard
Dwight is considered among the top players in the NBA for achieving all the six NBA All Star selections and three Defensive Player of the Year awards. He is a five-time NBA Rebounding Leader, two-times NBA Block Leader and a four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection.

5. Joe Johnson

  • Salary: $19,752,645
  • Team: Brooklyn Nets
  • Age: 31
  • Position: Shooting Guard
Joe Johnson
Joe is a six-time NBA All Star and also got named once the Arkansas Mr. Basketball. He also got the All NBA Third Team selection once and the NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors once.

4. Amar’e Stoudemire

  • Salary: $19,948,799
  • Team: New York Knicks
  • Age: 30
  • Position: Power Forward
Amar’e Stoudemire
In the ten years of his career, Amar’e received six NBA All Star, one NBA Rookie of the Year, one All NBA First Team and four All NBA Second Team selection awards. He also got the NBA Rookie Challenge MVP, NBA All Rookie First Team and a Florida Mr. Basketball title.

3. Carmelo Anthony

  • Salary: $20,463,024
  • Team: New York Knicks
  • Age: 29
  • Position: Small Forward
Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo or nicknamed ‘Melo’ is a six-time NBA All-Star and a one-time NBA Scoring Champion. He also received the NCAA Most Valuable Player award. Melo received two Olympic Gold and one Bronze medal.

2. Dirk Nowitzki

  • Salary: $20,907,128
  • Team: Dallas Mavericks
  • Age: 34
  • Position: Power Forward
Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki, the 7-footer from Germany is a four time All-NBA first team selection, an eleven-time NBA All Star, a one-time NBA Most Valuable Player and the top scorer of his team. He also received the NBA Finals MVP award in the 10-11 season for playing an effective role in making the Mavericks get their first NBA Championship title.

1. Kobe Bryant

  • Salary: $27,849,149
  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Age: 34
  • Position: Shooting Guard
Kobe Bryant
Bryant received fifteen All Star, four All Star MVP and one NBA Most Valuable Player award. He also won two NBA scoring champions title and has been a first-team All-NBA selection four times. Due to effective defensive strategies, he also received the NMA’s All Defensive First Team award eight times. By scoring a total of 81 points in a game, Bryant now stands as the second highest scorer in a single game.
Do you like this top 10 list? Would you like to see more of your favourite players up here? Do leave us with your feedback in the comments section below. Cheers

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