Anthony Davis Agrees to Richest Contract in NBA History
Congrats to Anthony Davis on his new 6 year deal with the Pelicans which is worth more than any other contract in NBA history – yes even more than Kobe’s $136.4 deal he signed back in 2004! The extension is worth a reported $145 million over the next 5 years and will start during the 2016/17 season which is also when the NBA’s $24 billion TV deal starts and the NBA salary cap will increase.
With all that new money coming, maybe Davis can get that uni brow trimmed a little. Actually, from a branding standpoint, that uni brow is worth more than a NBA minimum contract and the most accepted and recognizable one since Tupac.
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) July 1, 2015
TOP 10 RICHEST CONTRACTS IN NBA HISTORY
It seems just like yesterday to me when Derrick Coleman wanted to become the first $100 million player and 1994 #1 NBA Draft pick Glenn Robinson was asking for $100 million coming out of college. Then in 1996 the Miami Heat made Juwan Howard the first $100 million offer but the NBA told them they need to check their accounting numbers and rejected the deal. Later that week the Bullets made Howard the first $100 million man with a 7-year $105 million deal. Right after that every big man and their mother wanted and got $100 million.
Here’s the top 10 richest deals made since then and when Anthony Davis’ signs his new offer he will be at the top of this list.
- Kobe Bryant: $136.4 million, 7 years (2004-11)
- Jermaine O’Neal: $126.6 million, 7 years (2003-10)
- Kevin Garnett: $126 million, 6 years (1999-2005)
- Rashard Lewis: $126 million, 6 years (2007-13)
- Carmelo Anthony: $124.1 million, 5 years (2014-19)
- Joe Johnson: $123.7 million, 6 years (2010-2016)
- Chris Weber: $122.7 million, 7 years (2001-2008)
- Tim Duncan: $122 million, 7 years (2003-10)
- Shaquille O’Neal: $120 million, 7 years (1996-2003)
- Chris Bosh: $118 million, 5 years (20014-2019)