The highest-paid players from each country in NBA history

The highest-paid players from each country in NBA history

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The highest-paid players from each country in NBA history

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With how much money is going to player salaries at the moment, records are being set seemingly every season for his biggest contract by total money or the highest single-year salary.

We decided to take a look at the financial boon for NBA players in another manner, by determining who are the highest-paid players from each country.

No surprise for the American NBA player with the most money earned, as it’sย LeBron James, who passedย Kevin Garnett for the distinction last season. China’s is pretty easy to guess, too, asย Yao Ming was an All-Star every year of his career and was paid as such.

Below, check out the full list of the highest-paid NBA players from each country (including this season’s salaries).

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States: LeBron James

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Career earnings: $390,511,090 in 19 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $423,075,248
Highest salary: $41,180,544 in 2021-22 (5th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Kevin Garnett ($343,862,398 in 21 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina: Manu Ginobili

Career earnings: $129,539,615 in 16 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $152,176,993
Highest salary: $14,107,492 in 2012-13 (27th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Luis Scola ($47,153,438 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Andrew Bogut

Career earnings: $118,591,363 in 14 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $135,224,207
Highest salary: $14,200,000 in 2013-14 (31st in the NBA)
Runner-up: Ben Simmons ($90,183,585 in five seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas: Buddy Hield

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Career earnings: $63,905,424 in six seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $64,462,723
Highest salary: $24,931,817 in 2020-21 (46th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Deandre Ayton ($40,389,910 in four seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia: Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf Nurkic attempts a dunk

Career earnings: $56,473,304 in eight seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $57,386,914
Highest salary: $12,888,889 in 2020-21 (95th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Mirza Teletovic ($46,687,150 in six seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil: Nenรช

Career earnings: $132,775,609 in 17 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $153,760,318
Highest salary: $13,000,000 in 2011-12 (34th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Anderson Varejao ($85,474,644 in 14 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon: Joel Embiid

Career earnings: $134,074,306 in six seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $136,227,558
Highest salary: $31,579,390 in 2021-22 (27th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Pascal Siakam ($69,968,576 in six seasons)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada: Steve Nash

Career earnings: $146,936,620 in 18 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $184,964,183
Highest salary: $13,125,000 in 2009-10 (33rd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Andrew Wiggins ($138,943,522 in eight seasons)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China: Yao Ming

Yao Ming vs. Shaquille O'Neal

Career earnings: $93,390,336 in eight seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $115,897,334
Highest salary: $17,686,100 in 2010-11 (9th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Yi Jianlian ($14,085,936 in five seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic

Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz

Career earnings: $84,826,530 in eight seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $86,520,101
Highest salary: $17,850,000 in 2020-21 (61st in the NBA)
Runner-up: Toni Kukoc ($61,488,033 in 13 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic: Tomas Satoransky

Tomas Satoransky, Chicago Bulls

Career earnings: $39,000,000 in six seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $39,493,830
Highest salary: $10,000,000 in 2019-20 (118th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Jan Vesely ($9,884,880 in three seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic: Al Horford

Career earnings: $243,228,232 in 15 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $257,197,019
Highest salary: $28,928,710 in 2018-19 (13th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Charlie Villanueva ($51,577,806 in 11 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Democratic Republic of the Congo: Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo

Career earnings: $143,666,581 in 18 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $215,326,561
Highest salary: $16,105,264 in 2002-03 (8th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Bismack Biyombo ($87,424,093 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France: Tony Parker

Career earnings: $168,282,460 in 18 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $193,278,833
Highest salary: $15,453,126 in 2017-18 (73rd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Nicolas Batum ($168,137,820 in 14 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia: Zaza Pachulia

Career earnings: $60,356,464 in 16 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $69,621,844
Highest salary: $5,248,750 in 2012-13 (132nd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Nikoloz Tskitishvili ($8,907,528 in four seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany: Dirk Nowitzki

Career earnings: $255,371,800 in 21 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $306,162,830
Highest salary: $25,000,000 in 2016-17 (8th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Dennis Schroeder ($75,670,502 in nine seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain: Luol Deng

Career earnings: $163,520,376 in 15 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $181,429,872
Highest salary: $17,190,000 in 2017-18 (57th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Ben Gordon ($84,617,019 in 11 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Career earnings: $147,960,040 in nine seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $150,566,608
Highest salary: $39,344,900 in 2021-22 (2nd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Kosta Koufos ($47,778,792 in 11 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel: Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi, Memphis Grizzlies

Career earnings: $18,320,477 in 10 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $20,042,218
Highest salary: $2,963,814 in 2016-17 (267th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Deni Avdija ($9,162,000 in one season)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy: Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks

Career earnings: $177,685,814 in 13 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $186,999,694
Highest salary: $22,615,559 in 2019-20 (48th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Andrea Bargnani ($73,156,908 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan: Rui Hachimura

Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

Career earnings: $14,078,160 in four seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $14,107,018
Highest salary: $4,916,160 in 2021-22 (219th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Yuta Watanabe ($894,814 in three XX seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

Career earnings: $107,053,494 in six seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $108,229,397
Highest salary: $31,650,600 in 2021-22 (24th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Andris Biedrins ($62,208,776 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania: Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Miami Heat

Career earnings: $125,423,723 in 13 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $170,248,603
Highest salary: $13,500,000 in 2003-04 (8th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Jonas Valanciunas ($106,621,946 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico: Eduardo Najera

Career earnings: $36,882,819 in 12 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $47,217,723
Highest salary: $4,952,380 in 2007-08 (151st in the NBA)
Runner-up: Gustavo Ayon ($4,567,500 in three seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro: Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls

Career earnings: $134,209,237 in 11 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $137,933,217
Highest salary: $26,000,000 in 2020-21 (44th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Nikola Pekovic ($73,143,600 in six seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands: Rik Smits (Since 1990)

Rik Smits

Career earnings: $42,950,000 in 12 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $70,837,550
Highest salary: $12,250,000 in 1999-00 (11th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Dan Gadzuric ($37,609,158 in 10 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria: Hakeem Olajuwon (Since 1990)

Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

Career earnings: $102,998,594 in 18 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $164,109,279
Highest salary: $16,700,000 in 2000-01 (5th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Al-Farouq Aminu ($72,110,464 in 11 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Marcin Gortat

Career earnings: $95,091,880 in 12 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $103,853,264
Highest salary: $13,565,218 in 2018-19 (91st in the NBA)
Runner-up: Cezary Trybanski ($4,800,000 in two seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Rico: Jose Juan Barea

Career earnings: $46,505,958 in 14 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $50,767,935
Highest salary: $4,687,000 in 2013-14 (154th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Carlos Arroyo ($20,209,555 in nine seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia: Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets

Career earnings: $107,735,998 in 13 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $130,977,732
Highest salary: $17,823,000 in 2010-11 (6th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Timofey Mozgov ($82,132,279 in eight seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal: Gorgui Dieng

Gorgui Dieng, Atlanta Hawks

Career earnings: $73,689,390 in nine seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $75,421,689
Highest salary: $16,587,688 in 2020-21 (71st in the NBA)
Runner-up: DeSagana Diop ($47,024,084 in 12 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia: Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Career earnings: $118,223,162 in seven seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $119,263,835
Highest salary: $31,579,390 in 2021-22 (27th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Predrag Stojakovic ($97,956,720 in 13 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic, Toronto Raptors

Career earnings: $152,558,250 in 13 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $159,923,337
Highest salary: $19,440,000 in 2021-22 (60th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Radoslav Nesterovic ($51,102,151 in 12 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ South Sudan: Manute Bol (Since 1990)

Manute Bol, Golden State Warriors

Career earnings: $5,150,000 in 10 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $9,681,772
Highest salary: $1,650,000 in 1992-93 (92nd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Bol Bol ($4,298,960 in three seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain: Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

Career earnings: $219,784,441 in 18 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $254,950,452
Highest salary: $19,285,850 in 2013-14 (8th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Marc Gasol ($185,786,591 in 13 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey: Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter, Boston Celtics

Career earnings: $102,454,224 in 11 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $108,498,127
Highest salary: $18,622,514 in 2018-19 (56th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Hidayet Turkoglu ($85,208,250 in 15 seasons)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine: Vitaly Potapenko

Vitaly Potapenko, Seattle SuperSonics

Career earnings: $40,637,644 in 11 seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $58,083,170
Highest salary: $6,191,250 in 2004-05 (87th in the NBA)
Runner-up: Alex Len ($36,173,628 in nine seasons)

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez

Greivis Vasquez

Career earnings: $22,838,814 in seven seasons
Adjusted to inflation: $24,912,017
Highest salary: $6,600,000 in 2015-16 (122nd in the NBA)
Runner-up: Carl Herrera ($10,887,500 in eight seasons)

Rest of countries

Bruno Fernando, Boston Celtics

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ดAngola: Bruno Fernando ($4,700,602)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌAntigua and Barbuda: Julius Hodge ($2,383,560)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชBelgium: Didier Ilunga-Mbenga ($10,673,747)
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelize: Milt Palacio ($4,955,069)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒDominica: Garth Joseph ($316,969)
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt: Abdel Nader ($7,917,045)
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ชEstonia: Martin Muursepp ($1,839,320)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎFinland: Lauri Markkanen ($36,080,577)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆGabon: Chris Silva ($3,654,077)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญGhana: Ben Bentil ($281,968)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณGuinea: Mamadi Diakite ($629,341)
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGuyana: Rawle Marshall ($1,062,971)

Olden Polynice

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡นHaiti: Olden Polynice ($20,490,000)
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บHungary: Kornel David ($988,941)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทIran: Hamed Haddadi ($7,600,000)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชIreland: Marty Conlon ($4,381,088)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐNorth Macedonia: Pero Antic ($2,450,000)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑMali: Cheick Diallo ($5,079,887)

Steven Adams, Memphis Grizzlies

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟNew Zealand: Steven Adams ($128,833,175)
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆPanama: Gary Forbes ($3,473,604)
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡นPortugal: Neemias Queta ($462,629)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดRomania: Gheorghe Muresan ($8,848,500)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐSlovakia: Richard Petruska ($205,000)
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทSouth Korea: Ha Seung-Jin ($1,386,299)
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จSaint Vincent and the Grenadines: Adonal Foyle ($63,361,840)
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชSweden: Jonas Jerebko ($35,385,264)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญSwitzerland: Clint Capela ($75,355,792)
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟTanzania: Hasheem Thabeet ($16,464,960)
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นTrinidad and Tobago: Johnny Hamilton ($925,258)
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia: Salah Mejri ($4,969,307)
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พUruguay: Esteban Batista ($1,062,971)

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