Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: Which Nets Star Makes More Money?

There are several great duos in the NBA. But Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving might be the most skilled.

Durant is almost seven feet tall but dribbles like a guard and shoots as well as anyone. Irving, on the other hand, has the best handles in the NBA and not only has a great jumper but can also a finish inside.

So, of those two superstars, who makes more money? Here’s a look at both of their salaries.

Kyrie Irving makes $34.1 million per year

Kyrie Irving took his talents from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 when he signed a four-year, $136.5 million deal.

On average, that’s $34.1 million per year. However, he brought in $29.7 million in 2019-20 before making $33.7 million in 2020-21. Irving was also supposed to make $35.32 million in 2021-22 before having to decide whether to pick up a player option worth $36.9 million in 2022-23.

Of course, some of those numbers might not be accurate. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted player salaries in 2019-20 (although the compensation listed above is likely close). Irving also lost money in 2021-22 while sitting out home games in Brooklyn due to his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

For comparison’s sake, though, Irving was supposed to earn $34.1 million per year when he initially signed his contract.

So, what about Kevin Durant?

Kevin Durant is the higher-paid Brooklyn Nets player

As expected, Kevin Durant is the higher-paid player of the two Nets stars, which is understandable given that he is a two-time Finals MVP and four-time scoring champ. He also won league MVP in 2013-14. Kyrie Irving is great and has earned numerous All-Star and All-NBA selections, but KD is just on another level.

How much does Durant make?

The Texas product left the Golden State Warriors and went to the Nets via sign-and-trade in 2019. His contract was worth $164 million over four years, which averages out to $41 million per season. However, he declined his fourth-year player option and signed an extension during the 2021 offseason. His new deal – which begins in 2022-23 – is worth $198 million over four years.

Durant made more than $38 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21 (the former might not be 100% accurate due to the pandemic). He has also raked in over $40 million this season but will earn even more than that throughout each of the next four years, including a whopping $53.28 million in 2025-26.

So, what are both of their total career earnings? Here are the estimated numbers.

  • Kevin Durant: $306.17 million
  • Kyrie Irving: $194.01 million

He may make less, but Irving is still well off.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant: comparing their respective net worths

Brooklyn Nets stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in 2019.
Kyrie Irving (from left) and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets during a game against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 1, 2019. | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Since Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have both made so much on the court, how much are they worth, especially considering they have also made boatloads outside of basketball?

Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Durant is worth a whopping $200 million. Irving, on the other hand, has an estimated net worth of $90 million.

It’s fair to point out that while Durant has been a more accomplished player than Irving, he has also been in the league since 2007. Irving entered it in 2011. KD has simply had more time to make his millions than Kyrie.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aren’t short on skill. They are two of the greatest basketball players alive. But they aren’t short on cash, either.

Contract numbers courtesy of Spotrac

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