The median salaries in the NBA through the years

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The median salaries in the NBA through the years

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The median salaries in the NBA through the years

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Average NBA salaries have skyrocketed over the past decade, let alone in the last 30 years.

For proof, consider that in 1990-91, the NBA’s highest-paid player, Patrick Ewing, earned $4.3 million. This season, the highest-paid player, Stephen Curry, makes $45.8 million.

The median salary, as in the middle salary between the highest- and lowest-paid players in the league, has grown too, although nowhere near to the same extent. That’s mostly because more guys play in the NBA in recent years because of G League call ups and two-way contracts, which gives us way more players with low salaries.

Below, check out the median salaries since 1990-91.

1990-91: Alexander Volkov

Alexander Volkov

Rick Stewart /Allsport

Salary: $650,000

1991-92: Nick Anderson

Andy Lyons /Allsport

Salary: $750,000

1992-93: Duane Ferrell

Allsport /Allsport

Salary: $825,000

1993-94: Nick Van Exel

Salary: $1,100,000

1994-94: Jayson Williams

Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

Salary: $1,100,000

1995-96: Terrell Brandon

Doug Pensinger /Allsport

Salary: $1,155,000

1996-97: Sam Cassell

Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT

Salary: $1,235,000

1997-98: Gary Trent

Photo by PAUL BUCK / AFP

Salary: $1,329,009

1998-99: Jason Williams

Doug Pensinger /Allsport

Salary: $1,460,000

1999-00: Lorenzo Williams

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Salary: $1,540,000

2000-01: Steve Kerr

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Salary: $2,200,000

2001-02: Larry Hughes

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Salary: $2,343,635

2002-03: Dajuan Wagner

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Salary: $2,298,840

2003-04: Chris Wilcox

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Salary: $2,066,760

2004-05: Antonio Daniels

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Salary: $2,200,000

2005-06: Eddie Griffin

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Salary: $2,500,000

2006-07: Andre Iguodala

Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Salary: $2,201,640

2007-08: Andris Biedrins

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Salary: $2,636,696

2008-09: Danilo Gallinari

Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

Salary: $2,873,520

2009-10: JJ Redick

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Salary: $2,839,408

2010-11: Nick Young

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Salary: $2,630,503

2011-12: DeShawn Stevenson

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Salary: $2,500,000

2012-13: Kemba Walker

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Salary: $2,532,960

2013-14: Chauncey Billups

Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Salary: $2,500,000

2014-15: Reggie Jackson

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Salary: $2,325,680

2015-16: Trey Burke

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Salary: $2,658,240

2016-17: Dion Waiters

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Salary: $2,898,000

2017-18: Dario Saric

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Salary: $2,422,560

2018-19: DJ Wilson

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Salary: $2,534,280

2019-20: John Collins

Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Salary: $2,686,560

2020-21: Goga Bitadze

Photo by Lauren Bacho/Getty Images

Salary: $2,957,520

2021-22: Victor Oladipo

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $2,389,641

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