Career Earnings: NBA Legends vs. Today’s Stars

Stephen Curry and Wilt Chamberlain

One of the great players of any era, Wilt Chamberlain broke salary records all the way back in 1968 when he inked a five-year contract worth $250,000. A number that large had never been heard of at that time, and cemented Chamberlain as one of the top stars of his generation. Of course, salaries have increased a fair amount since that time.

Stephen Curry, for example, made $2.7 million as a rookie out of Davidson. That was well before Curry had won four championships and set all-time records. Since 2009, the NBA’s three-point king has earned over $300 million in his career. He’s also set to be one of the highest-paid players for the next several seasons. His current deal – which runs through 2026 – will grant him an additional $170 over the next three seasons.

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