Stephen Curry, the 2015 NBA MVP, has evolved into a transcendent player who is appointment television every time he steps onto the court.
Curry led the Warriors to the best record in the NBA in 2015, yet he's just the 53rd highest-paid player in the league, per Spotrac. Before signing a 4-year, $44 million contract in 2013, Curry struggled with ankle injuries that plagued his young career.
At less than $11 million per year, Curry might be the best bargain in the league.Credit: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images
Three of Stephen Curry's teammates made more than he did in 2015. Andrew Bogut ($12,972,973), Andre Iguodala ($12,289,544) and David Lee ($15,012,000) all make millions more than Curry. Iguodala and Lee aren't even starters on Golden State.Credit: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images
Joe Johnson was the second-highest paid player in 2015, behind only Kobe Bryant. The Hawks gave the bloated 6-year, $123.6 million deal to Johnson in 2010. He lasted two years with Atlanta before being shipped (and his contract) off to the Nets.Credit: Alex Goodlett, Getty Images
Johnson's backcourt buddy in Brooklyn brings home just under $20 million a year with the Nets. With Curry and Deron Williams playing the same position, which point guard would you rather have?Credit: Maddie Meyer, Getty Images
Jeremy Lin was supposed to return to his Linsanity days once the bright lights of STAPLES Center turned on. However, Lin struggled early with the Lakers and was replaced by second-round rookie Jordan Clarkson. Not what you expect from a nearly $15-million-per-year point guard.Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images
Rajon Rondo's 2015 season was thought to be a resurgence for the playmaking point guard. Unfortunately for the mercurial Rondo, the season didn't go as planned. He was traded from the Celtics to the Mavericks, then he butted heads with coach Rick Carlisle.
An impending free agent, Rondo was on the precipice of a max contract, now he'll be relegated to how the market values him.Credit: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images
Danilo Gallinari was drafted one year prior to Stephen Curry. The Italian basketballer showed promise early, but injuries have derailed his career. He was one of the key players sent to the Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.Credit: Doug Pensinger, Getty Images
Selected first overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Andrea Bargnani is one of the most talented players to not pan out in the league. Bargnani has struggled to stay healthy since the 2009-2010 season, which makes it even harder to imagine paying him $11.5 million a year.Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
Outstanding center Joakim Noah earned a hefty $12.2 million in 2015, despite being known as a defensive player. Noah made more than Curry, while averaging seven points and 10 rebounds a game in the regular season.Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images
Brook Lopez is the third Nets player to rake in more than Curry did in the 2014-2015 regular season. When healthy, Lopez is a dominant threat in the paint. He has not played more than 74 games in a season since 2011.Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
Kevin Garnett is ticketed for the Hall of Fame once he hangs it up. Until then, Garnett is being paid for past performance instead of the future. In his last two seasons, The Big Ticket has averaged less than seven points a game.Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images
After failing multiple drug tests, Larry Sanders decided his lifestyle didn't fit the league standards. He accepted a buyout from the Bucks, foregoing $33 million over the next three years.Credit: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images
Since joining the Kings in 2013, Rudy Gay's career has made quite the rebound. But Gay's emergence as a top player in the league still doesn't justify the $9 million salary discrepancy.Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
JaVale McGee signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets in 2011, yet somehow, he's unemployed. Following a trade to the 76ers, McGee accepted a contract buyout and still hasn't signed with a team.Credit: Doug Pensinger, Getty Images
Eric Gordon's been marred by injuries since signing a four-year, $58 million contract with the Hornets in 2012. He can score at a high clip, but he was just the fourth-highest scorer on the Pelicans in 2015.Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images
It took six years, but Derrick Favors finally made a name for himself on the Jazz. The emerging forward averaged a career high in points after entering the league a year later than Curry.Credit: George Frey, Getty Images