With the NBA season at the all-star break, we thought it would be a good time to look which players are earning their paychecks on their respective team’s payroll. You may surprised to find out that seven of the top 10 highest paid players in the NBA are not even in the 2013 All Star Game. It’s good work if you can get it, but imagine if you most of your highest paid employees weren’t also among your best employees?

Let’s take a closer look at the 10 highest paid players for the 2012-13 season, as compiled by the folks at Fox Sports. Also note players from the All Star Game’s winning team receive an additional $35,000 and players from the losing team receive $15,000.

10. Elton Brand, $18,160,354

9. Pau Gasol, $19,000,000

8. Dwight Howard, $19,261,200

7. Carmelo Anthony, $19,450,000NBA Ball

6. Joe Johnson, $19,752,645

5. Amar’e Stoudemire, $19,948,799

4. Gilbert Arenas, $20,807,922

3. Dirk Nowitzki, $20,907,128

2. Brandon Roy, $21,459,805

1. Kobe Bryant, $27,849,000

When you look at this list, what do you see? Like many, you are probably wondering what a few NBA teams were thinking.

For example, Gilbert Arenas is earning $20,807,922 this season and is not even on an NBA roster.

Another thing you probably notice is that a lot of these players are currently dealing with injuries. Amar’e Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, and Brandon Roy have all been faced with serious injuries this season. Will this effect their status going into the 2013-14 campaign? Only time will tell.

Let’s take a close look at which team is spending the most money. It is easy to see the answer to this question: the Los Angeles Lakers. The franchise has three players on the top 10 list, with Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant.

While many would expect other players to be included – such as LeBron James and Dwayne Wade – they did not make the cut this season. That being said, there is a good chance that these players, along with many others, will slip onto the list next year.

Now that you have had the time to digest the list of the 10 highest paid players in the NBA, what are your thoughts? Which players are earning their paycheck? Which players need to step up their game?

 

Photo credit: Mike Saechang

Additional Source: Business Insider

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