Athletes make way more money than the average person, but, in all fairness, their careers are also far shorter, and they put their bodies through inhuman conditions to performance at the highest levels.
That’s why there’s been a handful of players that have found the way to make the most of every single second of their careers, earning a huge paycheck to make sure they have nothing to worry about once they decide to retire.
So, whether they’re in the league for one season or twenty years, athletes need to be smart when signing contracts, so that’s why players try to get more guaranteed money even if that means taking a lesser paycheck overall.
Throughout the course of history, there have been a handful of players that surely knew the meaning of the phrase ‘time is gold’, and today, we’re going to let you know about the players that made the most money per game, via HoopsHype.
5. Chris Webber – $304,600
Chris Webber made $178,230,697 during his NBA career, which is far more than the league’s average over the time he was playing in the Association.
As a matter of fact, only Shaquille O’Neal made more money than him during the 2005-06 campaign, when he was making 19.1 million dollars. Sadly, injuries always took a toll on his career, but he made sure to get his big bag of cash.
4. Kevin Garnett – $304,900
Back in the day, Kevin Garnett broke the record for the highest contract in the history of the NBA, and he’s the highest-paid player ever when adjusted to inflation.
with career earnings of $343,862,398, Garnett made an average of $304,900 every time he set foot on an NBA hardwood. That’s $6,352 per minute played, in case you were wondering.
3. Brandon Roy – $331,900
Brandon Roy’s career has to be one of the biggest ‘what ifs’ in the history of the league. He was a walking bucket and one of the most dominant scorers in the league during his prime, but his career was cut short with injuries.
Roy signed a huge contract with the Portland Trail Blazers as their franchise player for the future worthy of 68.6 million, but wound up playing less than 350 games over his career due to different ailments.
2. Shaquille O’Neal – $339,200
When it comes to business, Shaquille O’Neal has always been a mastermind. This guy is a money-making machine, and he made sure to get paid big time every time he set foot on the court as one of the league’s biggest entertainers ever.
Adjusted by inflation, the Big Diesel earned as much as $339,200 per game, something that doesn’t come as a surprise considering he was always one of the highest-paid players in the league.
1. Gilbert Arenas – $352,900
Gilbert Arenas is the GOAT, at least when it comes to making money. He only played for 13 games during the 2007-08 campaign and 53 games next season, yet he managed to earn every single penny that was owed to him in guaranteed money.
Arenas had just signed a six-year, 111 million dollar contract with the Washington Wizards before being traded by the team because of his conduct detrimental to the franchise, and while he was out of the league in no time, he still got paid $352,900 per game. That’s crazy.