Despite being in the twilight of his career, Paul Pierce ($16.8 million) still brings in some serious cash. After Pierce, the Jawhawks have a laundry list of NBA players who are good contributors, but not superstars. Drew Gooden, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Thomas Robinson, and Nick Collison are just some examples. The Morris twins, recently draftees, also made around $2 million apiece.
Andre Iguodala made almost $15 million this year, and Richard Jefferson somehow still made over $10 million. But the real shocker is that Luke Walton pulled in over $6 million this past season. Channing Frye, Jason Terry and Derrick Williams also made betwen $5 million and $6 million each.
UCLA’s two superstars, Russell Westbrook ($13.7 million) and Kevin Love ($13.7 million) account for almost half of the Bruins’ total salary in the NBA. Arron Afflalo and Trevor Ariza made over $7 million each, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and Earl Watson all pulled in between $2 million and $5 million last season.
Two Kentucky stars from prior regimes had the highest salaries of former Wildcats in the NBA this past season – Rajon Rondo ($11 million) and Tayshaun Prince ($6.7 million). While UK has 18 other players in the league, the majority were drafted in the past three seasons and are still under their rookie contracts. In the next few years, expect Kentucky to move up this list.
The three-headed monster of David Lee, Al Horford and Joakim Noah made a combined $36 million this past year, which is more than all but eleven schools’ total numbers. Other former Gators who are key contributors are Mike Miller, Marreese Speights, Bradley Beal and Udonis Haslem.
UConn has five players who made over $8 million in 2012-2013 – Rudy Gay, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and Caron Butler. A few of their older stars, namely Richard Hamilton and Ray Allen, have begun the ring-chasing phase of their careers, and their salaries reflect such. The Huskies were just over $1 million from actually checking in No. 1 on our list.
While Duke isn’t looked at as a one-and-done type of school, Coach K certainly knows how to develop his guys into NBA-caliber players. Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Corey Maggette all made over $10 million. J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon, Josh McRoberts and Shane Battier all made between $3 million and $7 million. The scary part? Kyrie Irving, one of the NBA’s next superstars, only made $5.3 million. That will change when his rookie contract expires.