They are Nigerian, Cameroonian, Guinean, Congolese (DRC), Senegalese and Guinean basketballers who reap between 2.7 and 33 million dollars from their NBA employers. Here are the Top 10 highest paid Africans in the NBA.
To be lucky enough to be among the highest paid players from the continent in the NBA, you have to be Nigerian, play wing or pivot and be between 18-31 years old. That's according to Spotrac's analysis of the Top 10 African players on the North American league salary chart for the 2020-2021 season.
Nigerians, with four players, are the most represented in the top ten African salaries. Third in the top 10, 31-year-old Toronto Raptors wing Al Farouq Aminu (121st overall) earns $10,183,800 per year. Atlanta Hawks 20-year-old pivot Onyeka Okongwu (180th) is fourth with $6,104,280. Minnesota's 23-year-old backcourt player Josh Okodie (233rd) is seventh for $4,087,904. Achiuwa Precious (284th) is in tenth place. The Raptors' 21-year-old power forward is at 2,711,280.
Cameroonians, the biggest earners
Nigerians are not the highest paid Africans in the NBA. That privilege goes to Cameroonians with Pascal Siakam (27, wing) of the Raptors and Joel Embiid (27, pivot) of the Philadelphia 76ers. The former, Africa's number one player and 20th overall, earns $33,003,936 a year. The salary of the latter, second on the continent and 26th overall, is $31,579,390.
Guinea is the other country on the continent with two players in the top 10. Detroit Pistons wing Hamidou Diallo (196th overall and 6th in Africa) earns 5,200,000 at age 23. Brooklyn Nets winger Sékou Doumbouya (256th and 9th), meanwhile, earns 3,613,680 at just 20 years old.
Diallo is Guinean-American and Doumbouya French-Guinean.
Congo DR (Jonathan Kuminga, 18) and Senegal (Gorgui Dieng, 31) each place an element in the Top 10 African NBA salaries. Golden State's Congolese power forward is fifth with 5,466,360. The Atlanta Hawks' Senegalese power forward is eighth with a salary of 4,000,000 per year.
Spotrac's salary ranking is dominated by the trio of Stephen Curry (Golden State), James Harden (Brooklyn Nets) and John Wall (Houston Rockets). They earn $45,780,966, $44,310,840 and $44,310,840 respectively. Ahead of super stars like Kevin Durant of the Nets (5th with 42,018,900), LeBron James of the Lakers (6th with 41,180,544) or 2021 NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee (8th with 39,344,900).
TOP 10 AFRICAN NBA SALARIES
1. Pascal Siakam (20th overall), power forward (Toronto Raptors), 27, Cameroon, $33,003,936
2. Joel Embiid (26th), pivot (Philadelphia 76ers), 27, Cameroon, $31,579,390
3. Al Farouq Aminu (121st), power forward (San Antonio Spurs), 31, Nigeria, $10,183,800
4. Onyeka Okongwu (180th), pivot (Atlanta Hawks), 20, Nigeria, 6,104,280
5. Jonathan Kuminga (191st), strong winger (Golden State Warriors), 18, DR Congo, 5,466,360
6. Hamidou Diallo (196th), wingback (Detroit Piston), 23, Guinea, 5,200,000
7. Josh Okodie (233rd), fullback (Minnesota), 23, Nigeria, 4,087,904
8. Gorgui Dieng (238th), strong winger (Atlanta Hawks), 31, Senegal, 4,000,000
9. Sékou Doumbouya (256th), power forward (Brooklyn Nets), 20, Guinea, 3,613,680
10. Achiuwa Precious (284th), power forward/pivot (Toronto Raptors), 21, Nigeria, 2,711,280