Before Anthony Davis closes the deal with the Pelicans to earn $145 million over five years, 23 contracts of  $100 million or more had already been signed in the NBA. All were not necessarily well inspired.

 

Contracts over $100 million
Total and yearly average – $ millions

Players Team Year Total Lenght Average
Anthony Davis N. Orleans

2015

145 million

5 years

29m/yr

Kobe Bryant LA Lakers

2004

136 million

7 years

19,5m/yr

Jermaine O’Neal Indiana

2003

126,6 million

7 years

18,1m/yr

Kevin Garnett Minnesota

1999

126 million

6 years

21m/yr

Rashard Lewis Orlando

2007

126 million

6 years

21m/yr

Carmelo Anthony New York

2014

124,1 million

5 years

24,8m/yr

Joe Johnson Atlanta

2010

123,7 million

6 years

20,6m/yr

Chris Webber Sacramento

2001

122,7 million

7 years

17,5m/yr

Tim Duncan San Antonio

2003

122 million

7 years

17,4m/yr

Shaquille O’Neal LA Lakers

1996

120 million

7 years

17,1m/yr

Chris Bosh Miami

2014

118 million

5 years

23,6m/yr

Gilbert Arenas Washington

2008

111 million

6 years

18,5m/yr

Chris Bosh Miami

2010

109,8 million

6 years

18,3m/yr

LeBron James Miami

2010

109,8 million

6 years

18,3m/yr

Chris Paul LA Clippers

2013

107,3 million

5 years

21,5m/yr

Dwyane Wade Miami

2010

107,2 million

6 years

17,9m/yr

Shawn Kemp Cleveland

1997

107 million

7 years

15,3m/yr

Juwan Howard Washington

1996

105,4 million

7 years

15,1m/yr

Alonzo Mourning Miami

1996

105 million

7 years

15m/yr

Jason Kidd New Jersey

2003

103,6 million

6 years

17,3m/yr

Michael Finley Dallas

2001

102,3 million

7 years

14,6m/yr

Allan Houston New York

2001

100 million

6 years

16,7m/yr

Kevin Garnett Minnesota

2004

100 million

5 years

20m/yr

Shaquille O’Neal Miami

2005

100 million

5 years

20m/yr

The initial contract will not even be among the thirty largest in the history of sports. Nevertheless, it will be the most impressive among the NBA. With a total of $145 million, he’ll surpass Kobe Bryant’s contract in 2004, of 9 million dollars, at a time when it was still possible to engage in six or seven years against today’s five years.

But with an average of 29 million per season, Pelicans forward/center remains below the 30 million that only the Lakers star and Michael Jordan had exceeded.  Kobe Bryant made $30.5 million this season, which still invoices $871,000 dollars per match actually $783,000 since he was injured more than half of the season. Jordan, first sports billionaire in history, had made $33.14 million during the sixth season as the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998.

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