When Steph Curry signed his four-year, $215 contract extension, it made him one of the highest-paid players in all of the NBA. While the money seems like a lot, Curry deserves it. He helped the Warriors make five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals where the team won three championships. He also won two MVP awards and was the main leader of the 73-win team that set the league record for wins.
The market value for the Warriors grew substantially when Curry began to play like one of the best. The best players deserve the most money because they are driving the revenue up to the fullest. With that said, it’s a lot of money, especially when you break it down to the second.
Here is the breakdown of Steph Curry’s contract.
Four Seasons: $215.4 Million
The current contract that Curry has will pay him $48 million next season. That will grow to $51 million, $54 million, and then $59 million in his final season. When Curry is 37 years old, he will be making nearly $60 million. What Curry can buy with this contract is insane.
Curry could be halfway to buying the most expensive private jet on the planet. The cheapest jet is about $2 million, so Curry could go for the cheapest and buy 100 of them. The bigger question is what he will do after he is done playing basketball. Dwyane Wade invested in the Utah Jazz and made “less” money than Curry. Could Curry remain a Warrior after he’s done playing and buy a portion of the team?
Per Season: $53.85 Million
Curry has made at least $30 million since the 2017-2018 season. He has been making loads of money for years now, so seeing this high number should not surprise anyone. At the end of one season, Curry could make a bid to buy the L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace, which is listed at $55 million on the United States market. He could buy the 1963 Ferrari GTO, listed at $53 million.
We have seen Curry wear some bling before. With his salary, he could buy two 201-carat gemstone watches, listed at $25 million. Maybe, even by the domain “insure.com” at $16 million. These purchases would probably never happen. It’s also crazy that some of these items cost this much in the first place.
Per Game: $656,707
Curry could go out and buy a yacht after one game. The average price for a yacht could stretch between $500,000 and $10 million. He could save up and buy a yacht-like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones if he saved up a quarter of the way through the season. He could also purchase the most expensive bathtub in the world, a 20,000-pound tub made of Amazonian crystal stone worth around $800,000.
There was a point in time when you could lease a panda for $1 million. After two games, Curry could afford one of the world’s most endangered species. It’s amazing that you can afford this type of money.
Per Quarter: $164,176
A floating magnetic bed costs around $1.6 million. After a handful of quarters, Curry could be sleeping in the air. He also could play one-quarter of basketball and make what some directors make at corporations for a year. He could play one-quarter of basketball and live a comfortable life. The keyword is comfortable and not living in a mansion with everything at your fingertips.
Another fun fact is that Curry’s quarterly salary is right around the same price as the most expensive pair of headphones. The Focal Utopia by Tournaire is around $120,000. Why these headphones are so costly is another story. For Curry, it doesn’t matter. He can afford it.
Per Minute: $13,681
After one minute, Curry could be on the hunt for some JK7 Rejuvenating Serum, which is said to be the world’s top anti-aging serum. That would make the most sense of why the “baby-faced assassin” has never looked like he has aged. By the time he is 37 years old, he could probably buy out the entire company and look young forever.
For working teenagers, they have to be jealous. What Curry makes in one minute is what some teens save for years to buy a brand-new car. For fashion, some of the most expensive pairs of jeans cost $10,000. In one minute, he could make one three-pointer and then make an Amazon order.
Per Second: $228
For one second on the court, Curry could go to Chicago Cut and order one of the best steak dinners he has ever had. Maybe, buy a plane ticket for first-class and fly across the United States. The next second he could purchase a suite in a nice hotel. Talk about planning a vacation in a matter of seconds.
What else can you buy for $228? Groceries for the week? Your electric, water, and Internet bills? All in all, this contract is rich down to the second. That’s what happens when you are one of the best in the world.
Curry has made over $254 million through the 2021-2022 season. The next four years will see Curry make $215 million. That means that by the time he is done with the next contract, he will make around $470 million. Assuming he keeps his body right, avoids injury, etc, he could make up to $500 million by the time he is done playing basketball for good.
Kevin Garnett was once the highest-paid NBA player of all time when he made over $343 million in 21 seasons. If you adjusted that to inflation, it would be about $448 million. Even with inflation, Curry is going to blow that out of the water when he retires. Players like Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo will pave the way for more supermax contracts and even higher career earnings down the line.