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100 Days of Hoops, Day 28; 28 Million Dollar Men Quiz

Day 28 of 100 Days of Hoops is here to challenge all you basketball junkies, gurus and salary cap nerds. We could have bored you with some random facts about some random NBA journey-men that wore the number 28 at some point during their career.

Instead, we decided to play a little game that we hope you participate in to challenge your NBA knowhow. Let’s see what 28 million dollars a year buys you in today’s NBA landscape and who is cashing those checks.

The most significant contract that was signed during my youth was in the summer of 2004. Kobe Bryant was undoubtedly the best shooting guard in the league, signed a seven-year 136.4 million dollar contract to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers.  That only averages out to $19,485,714.30 per year for the leagues best player at the time.

The game has grown and so have the earnings for players. The salary cap has grown with television deals and revenue is at an all-time high. Teams have thrown money at players. Whether they deserve it or not is a whole other story. Like Jalen Rose likes to say:

Entering the 2017-18 NBA season, four out of the top 10 highest paid players in the league will make a yearly salary that falls in the 28 million dollar range.

2017-18 Player Salaries and 2016-17 & Career Statistics/Accomplishments

Player A: 

2017-18 Salary: $28,703,704

#21 on ESPN’s Top 100 NBA Rank for the 2017-18 Season

NBA2K Overall Rating: 87

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Player B:

2017-18 Salary: $28,530,608

#5 on ESPN’s Top 100 NBA Rank for the 2017-18 Season

NBA2K Overall Rating: 94

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Player C:

2017-18 Salary: $28,530,608

#23 on ESPN’s Top 100 NBA Rank for the 2017-18 Season

NBA2K Overall Rating: 87

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Player D:

2017-18 Salary: $28,299,399

#8 on ESPN’s Top 100 NBA Rank for the 2017-18 Season

NBA2K Overall Rating: 95

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If you have made it this far let’s reveal the players A-D and see how you did.

Player A: Kyle Lowry

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Player B: Russell Westbrook

Player C: Mike Conley

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Photo courtesy of Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

Player D: James Harden

The Raptors, Thunder, Grizzlies, and Rockets will all pay one of their players at least 28 million dollars in the 2017-18 season. They each bring something different to their team whether its stability in Lowry, a one-man wrecking crew in Westbrook, consistency in Conley, and a one-man, run-and-gun NBA offense in Harden. Each player has different skill sets and weaknesses for their respective teams and each organization is validated in paying them large amounts of money to keep them in town and keep their franchises relevant.

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