Salary: $14,000,000, 70th in the NFL
Comparable NBA salary: Taj Gibson’s $14,000,000, 88th in the NBA
Hopkins has been one of the NFL’s most consistent receivers in recent years and he’s taken his game to the next level now that the Houston Texans have a talented quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Last season, Hopkins ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,572), second in receiving yards per game (98.3), third in receptions (115) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (11). He made his third Pro Bowl and was named to his third All-Pro team. Keep in mind, when Hopkins signed his current contract in 2017, it was a record-setting deal since $49 million over five years was the most guaranteed money ever given to a wide receiver in NFL history. Hopkins’ NBA comparison is Gibson, who has put together a solid career as a scrappy power forward. However, he’s a role player who’s averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. Based on their production, Hopkins and Gibson shouldn’t be bringing home the same guaranteed salary. Hopkins is earning less than Marvin Williams ($14,087,500), Luol Deng ($14,354,067) and Brandon Knight ($14,631,250).