Stephen Curry: The super cheap MVP

Stephen Curry: The super cheap MVP

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Stephen Curry: The super cheap MVP

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When Stephen Curry signed his contract extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2012, it looked like a reasonable deal for both sides. A pretty good player with star potential, but also constant ankle problems landing a four-year, $44 million deal? Sounded about right.

That was in 2012, though. Given his recent play, Curry’s contract has to be considered one of the biggest bargains in the NBA lately. The MVP of the the 2014-15 made less money than 61 NBA players last season and was actually just the fourth highest-paid of his team.

Take a look at the graphic above and the table below to see how he stacks up financially with previous NBA MVPs.

 SEASON MVP SALARY TEAMMATES WITH HIGHER SALARIES NBA PLAYERS WITH HIGHER SALARIES
1990-91 Michael Jordan $2,500,000 0 7
1991-92 Michael Jordan $3,250,000 0 4
1992-93 Charles Barkley $2,420,000 0 28
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon $3,170,000 0 19
1994-95 David Robinson $7,300,000 0 1
1995-96 Michael Jordan $3,850,000 0 31
1996-97 Karl Malone $4,657,000 1 32
1997-98 Michael Jordan $33,140,000 0 0
1998-99 Karl Malone $6,142,000 0 37
1999-00 Shaquille O’Neal $17,142,858 0 0
2000-01 Allen Iverson $10,130,000 0 22
2001-02 Tim Duncan $10,865,250 0 29
2002-03 Tim Duncan $12,072,500 0 25
2003-04 Kevin Garnett $28,000,000 0 0
2004-05 Steve Nash $8,750,000 1 49
2005-06 Steve Nash $9,625,000 1 46
2006-07 Dirk Nowitzki $15,101,625 1 13
2007-08 Kobe Bryant $19,490,625 0 4
2008-09 LeBron James $14,410,581 1 26
2009-10 LeBron James $15,779,912 1 20
2010-11 Derrick Rose $5,546,160 2 126
2011-12 LeBron James $16,022,500 0 17
2012-13 LeBron James $17,545,000 0 9
2013-14 Kevin Durant $18,773,176 0 11
2014-15 Stephen Curry $10,629,213 3 61

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