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Stephen Curry Leads the Top 5 Highest-Paid Point Guards in the NBA in 2019-20

The top four players on this list are not only the highest-paid point guards in the NBA, but also the four highest-paid players in the league at any position. Stephen Curry will earn the highest salary in the NBA this season at $40,231,758. The three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA MVP is certainly deserving of his salary; how do the other players in the top five stack up?

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: $40,231,758 in 2019-20

For four seasons from 2013-14 through 2016-17, Steph Curry was among the most underpaid players in basketball. Averaging $11 million per season over the course of a four-year, $44 million contract, Curry won the NBA MVP Award twice (in 2015 and 2016) and led the Warriors to a championship in 2014-15.

The six-time NBA All-Star got the payday he deserved at the end of that deal when he signed a five-year, $201.2 million supermax contract that kicked in at the start of the 2017-18 season. Curry will earn $43 million next year and $45.8 million in the final season of this mega-deal in 2021-22.

2. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder: $38,506,482 in 2019-20

Chris Paul hopes to have a career resurgence in Oklahoma City
Chris Paul hopes to have a career resurgence in Oklahoma City | Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Despite the fact that he missed over 20 games for the second straight season in 2017-18 and had his lowest assist total (7.9 per game) since his rookie season, Chris Paul was given a massive four-year, $159.8 million deal before the start of the 2018-19 season. Paul’s decline continued last year as he once again played only 58 games and scored a career-low 15.6 points per game.

Chris Paul’s contract is one of the worst in the NBA, but Houston got bailed out of it thanks to Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti deciding to honor Russell Westbrook’s request to be traded to the Rockets. Now Paul and his massive deal are toiling away in Oklahoma City.

2. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets: $38,506,482 in 2019-20

The Houston Rockets received a considerable upgrade for Chris Paul, turning the exact same cap hit into Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is four years younger than Paul and has remarkably averaged a triple-double in each of his last three seasons with 10.6 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 26.8 points per game over that stretch.

Russell Westbrook has always put up excellent stats, but his style has failed to translate to success in the postseason. The same is true for his new teammate and good friend James Harden. Only time will tell if these two can combine to become a legitimate NBA title contender.

4. John Wall, Washington Wizards: $38,199,000 in 2019-20

John Wall has had trouble staying on the court for the Wizards
John Wall has had trouble staying on the court for the Wizards | Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Back on July 21, 2017, John Wall signed a five-year, $207 million extension with the Washington Wizards. Since then, Wall has been ravaged by injuries; he played on 41 games in 2017-18, 32 games in 2018-19, and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury. With four years still remaining on his deal after this one, the Wizards can only hope that John Wall is able to recover and return to his previous form in 2020-21.

5. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: $34,996,296 in 2019-20

Kyle Lowry is in the final year of a three-year, $100 million deal that he signed before the 2017-18 season. This offseason, he was signed to a one-year, $30 million extension that will keep him with the Raptors through the end of the 2020-21 season. Lowry’s scoring dipped to 14.2 points per game last season (his lowest scoring total since 2012-13), but the veteran point guard did record a career-high in assists with 8.7 per game and help bring Toronto its first NBA championship.