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Paper Trails: The Highest Career Earners in NBA HIstory

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Shaq Diesel has finally run out of gas. Luckily, short of pulling an Antoine Walker, the newly deemed Big 401k is set for several lives to come.  In a now classic bit, Chris Rock quipped “Shaq is rich.  The white man who signs his checks…is wealthy.” Maybe its just me, but I gotta think that distinction dissolves somewhere around the quarter-billion mark.  This is a guy who made more in his NBA career than Jordan, Bird, Kareem, Wilt and Russell combined.  And that’s not even counting all that Shaq Fu paper. 

Other than teammate Kevin Garnett, Shaq is in another stratosphere when it comes to career NBA earnings.  Kobe might have an extra ring, but the Shaqtus has an extra $70 million.  Seriously.  Shaquille O'Neal has made 70 million dollars more than the third highest paid athlete in the history of the NBA.  Anyway, with all this talk of money, it seemed like a pretty good excuse to put together a list of the highest career earners in NBA history.

------------The $100 Million Club (Updated through 2013-2014 season) 
  1. Kevin Garnett — $315,372,398
  2. Shaquille O’Neal — $292,198,327
  3. Kobe Bryant — $279,738,062
  4. Tim Duncan — $224,709,155
  5. Dirk Nowitzki — $204,063,985
  6. Jason Kidd — $187,675,468
  7. Paul Pierce -- $184,819,552
  8. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410
  9. Chris Webber — $178,230,697
  10. Jermaine O’Neal — $168,794,021
  11. Elton Brand — $165,338,631
  12. Tracy McGrady — $162,978,278
  13. Vince Carter — $161,663,315
  14. Rasheed Wallace — $158,110,581
  15. Pau Gasol -- $156,574,396
  16. Rashard Lewis - $155,332,815
  17. Allen Iverson — $154,494,445
  18. Juwan Howard — $151,465,633
  19. Stephon Marbury — $151,115,945
  20. Joe Johnson -- $150,571,837
  21. Baron Davis - $147,692,983
  22. Alonzo Mourning — $143,906,333
  23. Dikembe Mutombo — $143,666,581
  24. Antawn Jamison — $142,545,596
  25. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $142,287,721
  26. Grant Hill — $140,879,650
  27. Gilbert Arenas -- $140,714,721
  28. Michael Finley — $138,576,839
  29. Carmelo Anthony -- $135,865,275
  30. Shawn Marion -- $133,488,272
  31. Marcus Camby --  $129,397,940
  32. LeBron James -- $129,155,913
  33. Zach Randolph -- $138,624,765
  34. Steve Nash -- $137,235,620
  35. Carlos Boozer -- $129,309,736
  36. Zydrunas Ilgauskas — $124,487,723
  37. Chris Bosh -- $123,404,753
  38. Dwight Howard -- $123,289,952
  39. Dwyane Wade -- $121,321,666
  40. Tyson Chandler -- $120,482,385
  41. Anfernee Hardaway — $120,469,142
  42. Patrick Ewing — $119,943,120*
  43. Allan Houston — $117,556,500
  44. Antonio McDyess -- $116,638,859
  45. David Robinson — $116,500,123*
  46. Lamar Odom -- $115,967,658
  47. Scottie Pippen -- $109,192,430
  48. Richard Hamilton --$109,166,043
  49. Antoine Walker -- $108,142,015
  50. Tony Parker -- $107,446,521
  51. Chauncey Billups -- $107,227,720
  52. Hakeem Olajuwon -- $107,011,426*
  53. Mike Bibby -- $107,093,621
  54. Richard Jefferson -- $106,607,314
  55. Gary Payton -- $104,367,619
  56. Karl Malone -- $104,133,378*
  57. Steve Francis -- $103,501,131
  58. Jalen Rose -- $102,438,250
  59. Michael Redd -- $101,991,325
  60. Reggie Miller -- $101,311,748
  61. Eddie Jones -- $101,254,222
  62. Manu Ginobili -- $101,225,615


All earnings are according to BasketballReference.com and do not include endorsements or outside endeavors.  In addition, all figures are to date and do not consider future earnings, even if contractually guaranteed. 

*Due to incomplete data from the late 1980's, figures marked with an asterisk may be slightly off.

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0 # 2011-06-13 06:23
Go Dirk, i love you and Dalas

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-2 # 2011-07-10 23:56
wheres jordan?
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0 # 2011-07-11 08:28
Believe it or not, MJ only made $90.2 million in salary over his career, despite earning a still record $30 and $33 in his last two years with the bulls
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0 # 2011-08-03 20:32
True. But what you need to remember is how much Jordan has made in endorsements. It boosts his cash by quite a bit. But that's not what this list is measuring anyway.
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