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192 NBA players who made more money last season than DeMarcus Cousins will this season

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Money isn’t everything, but Cousins’ salary stratosphere is bonkers.

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The news that DeMarcus Cousins is signing with the Warriors made me shout out loud next to an open window. If anyone down on the street under my apartment heard me, then I apologize.

But what truly made my eyes almost pop out of my skull was the number he signed for.

Plenty of players take hometown discounts — and players who sign with the Warriors basically have to take a pay-cut of some sort to make it all work — but a player of Boogie’s caliber signing for the mid-level exception (basically a league-average salary) is unheard of.

Just how much of a bargain is Cousins’ deal for the Warriors? Take a look at the players who made more money last season than Cousins’ $5.3 million out of a database of 582 contracts.

The 192 players who made more last season than Boogie will this season

Player Team 2017-18 salary
Player Team 2017-18 salary
Stephen Curry GSW $34,682,550
LeBron James CLE $33,285,709
Paul Millsap DEN $31,269,231
Gordon Hayward BOS $29,727,900
Blake Griffin DET $29,512,900
Kyle Lowry TOR $28,703,704
Russell Westbrook OKC $28,530,608
Mike Conley MEM $28,530,608
James Harden HOU $28,299,399
DeMar DeRozan TOR $27,739,975
Al Horford BOS $27,734,405
Carmelo Anthony OKC $26,243,760
Damian Lillard POR $26,153,057
Jrue Holiday NOP $25,686,667
Chris Bosh MIA $25,289,390
Kevin Durant GSW $25,000,000
Otto Porter WAS $24,773,250
Chris Paul HOU $24,599,495
CJ McCollum POR $23,962,573
Bradley Beal WAS $23,775,506
Anthony Davis NOP $23,775,506
Andre Drummond DET $23,775,506
Hassan Whiteside MIA $23,775,506
Dwight Howard CHO $23,500,000
Chandler Parsons MEM $23,112,004
Harrison Barnes DAL $23,112,004
J.J. Redick PHI $23,000,000
Marc Gasol MEM $22,642,350
Kevin Love CLE $22,642,350
Brook Lopez LAL $22,642,350
DeAndre Jordan LAC $22,642,350
Steven Adams OKC $22,471,910
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL $22,471,910
Nicolas Batum CHO $22,434,783
Rudy Gobert UTA $21,974,719
LaMarcus Aldridge SAS $21,461,010
Victor Oladipo IND $21,000,000
Enes Kanter NYK $20,566,802
Danilo Gallinari LAC $20,559,599
Serge Ibaka TOR $20,061,729
George Hill CLE $20,000,000
Ryan Anderson HOU $19,578,455
Paul George OKC $19,508,958
Allen Crabbe BRK $19,332,500
Jimmy Butler MIN $19,301,070
Jeff Teague MIN $19,000,000
Kawhi Leonard SAS $18,868,625
Kyrie Irving BOS $18,868,625
John Wall WAS $18,063,850
DeMarcus Cousins NOP $18,063,850
Wesley Matthews DAL $17,884,176
Greg Monroe PHO $17,884,176
Klay Thompson GSW $17,826,150
Joakim Noah NYK $17,765,000
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL $17,745,894
Luol Deng LAL $17,190,000
Evan Turner POR $17,131,148
Goran Dragic MIA $17,000,450
Evan Fournier ORL $17,000,000
Bismack Biyombo ORL $17,000,000
Kent Bazemore ATL $16,910,113
Robert Covington PHI $16,698,103
Ian Mahinmi WAS $16,661,641
Tim Hardaway NYK $16,500,000
Draymond Green GSW $16,400,000
Tristan Thompson CLE $16,400,000
Reggie Jackson DET $16,000,000
Pau Gasol SAS $16,000,000
Tobias Harris LAC $16,000,000
Dwyane Wade CHI $15,550,000
Dennis Schroder ATL $15,500,000
Jonas Valanciunas TOR $15,460,675
Tony Parker SAS $15,453,126
Timofey Mozgov BRK $15,280,000
Andre Iguodala GSW $14,814,815
DeMarre Carroll BRK $14,800,000
Thaddeus Young IND $14,796,348
Eric Bledsoe MIL $14,500,000
Ricky Rubio UTA $14,275,000
Joe Ingles UTA $14,136,364
Gorgui Dieng MIN $14,112,360
Khris Middleton MIL $14,100,000
Mason Plumlee DEN $14,041,096
Taj Gibson MIN $14,000,000
James Johnson MIA $13,954,000
Robin Lopez CHI $13,788,500
J.R. Smith CLE $13,760,000
Brandon Knight PHO $13,618,750
Marvin Williams CHO $13,168,750
Tyson Chandler PHO $13,000,000
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist CHO $13,000,000
Eric Gordon HOU $12,943,020
Kenneth Faried DEN $12,921,348
Marcin Gortat LAC $12,782,609
Cody Zeller CHO $12,584,270
Miles Plumlee ATL $12,500,000
Nikola Mirotic NOP $12,500,000
Zach Randolph SAC $12,307,692
Nikola Vucevic ORL $12,250,000
Solomon Hill NOP $12,236,535
Wilson Chandler DEN $12,016,854
Jeremy Lin BRK $12,000,000
Kemba Walker CHO $12,000,000
Derrick Favors UTA $12,000,000
Austin Rivers WAS $11,825,000
Courtney Lee NYK $11,747,890
Nikola Pekovic MIN $11,600,000
Jordan Clarkson CLE $11,562,500
John Henson MIL $11,422,536
Dion Waiters MIA $11,000,000
Amir Johnson PHI $11,000,000
Jamal Crawford ATL $10,942,762
Alec Burks UTA $10,845,506
Patty Mills SAS $10,714,286
Kelly Olynyk MIA $10,607,169
Omer Asik CHI $10,595,505
Terrence Ross ORL $10,500,000
Mirza Teletovic MIL $10,500,000
Bojan Bogdanovic IND $10,500,000
Jon Leuer DET $10,497,319
Iman Shumpert SAC $10,337,079
Maurice Harkless POR $10,162,922
Danny Green SAS $10,000,000
Darren Collison IND $10,000,000
Jared Dudley PHO $10,000,000
Meyers Leonard POR $9,904,495
Tony Snell MIL $9,821,429
Al Jefferson IND $9,769,821
Matthew Dellavedova MIL $9,607,500
Joe Johnson SAC $9,505,000
Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC $9,470,614
Andre Roberson OKC $9,259,259
Trevor Booker PHI $9,125,000
Dwight Powell DAL $9,003,125
Jerryd Bayless PHI $9,000,000
Avery Bradley LAC $8,808,989
JaMychal Green MEM $8,533,333
E'Twaun Moore NOP $8,445,024
Rudy Gay SAS $8,406,000
Kosta Koufos SAC $8,393,000
Markieff Morris WAS $8,000,000
Garrett Temple SAC $8,000,000
Vince Carter SAC $8,000,000
C.J. Miles TOR $7,936,509
Cristiano Felicio CHI $7,843,500
Shaun Livingston GSW $7,692,308
Cory Joseph IND $7,630,000
P.J. Tucker HOU $7,590,035
Corey Brewer LAL $7,579,366
Andrew Wiggins MIN $7,574,322
Darrell Arthur DEN $7,464,912
Channing Frye LAL $7,420,912
Trevor Ariza HOU $7,420,912
Al-Farouq Aminu POR $7,319,035
Cole Aldrich MIN $7,300,000
D.J. Augustin ORL $7,250,000
Markelle Fultz PHI $7,026,240
Lou Williams LAC $7,000,000
Kyle Korver CLE $7,000,000
Jeremy Lamb CHO $7,000,000
Boban Marjanovic LAC $7,000,000
Jae Crowder UTA $6,796,117
Jabari Parker MIL $6,782,392
Langston Galloway DET $6,666,667
Lance Thomas NYK $6,655,325
Ed Davis POR $6,352,531
Marco Belinelli ATL $6,306,060
Jonathon Simmons ORL $6,300,000
Lonzo Ball LAL $6,286,560
Wayne Ellington MIA $6,270,000
Isaiah Thomas LAL $6,261,395
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN $6,216,840
Ben Simmons PHI $6,168,840
Joel Embiid PHI $6,100,266
Spencer Hawes MIL $6,021,175
Josh McRoberts DAL $6,021,175
Dewayne Dedmon ATL $6,000,000
Ish Smith DET $6,000,000
Milos Teodosic LAC $6,000,000
Alan Williams PHO $6,000,000
Shelvin Mack ORL $6,000,000
Ersan Ilyasova ATL $6,000,000
Tyler Johnson MIA $5,881,260
Wesley Johnson LAC $5,881,260
Alex Abrines OKC $5,725,000
Jayson Tatum BOS $5,645,400
D'Angelo Russell BRK $5,562,360
Brandon Ingram LAL $5,519,400
Patrick Beverley LAC $5,513,514
Aaron Gordon ORL $5,504,420
Deron Williams BRK $5,500,000
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The salary number has heads turned within the NBA.

Hell, it even caught the eye of the Players Association (they initially tweeted “wow,” then deleted it.)

Cousins certainly isn’t getting swindled here. He’s making more money than you and I will probably ever see, and he agreed to this contract likely because he’s already made more than $62 million as a professional and just wants to win a championship now:

Basketball Reference

Cousins is coming off of an Achilles injury, so we’re not really sure what type of player he’ll be when he returns around Demember. But if he’s even 25 percent of his potential, the Warriors’ salary cap gymnastics here will be wholly rewarded.