Damian Lillard had a fantastic season for the Portland Trailblazers in 2015-16. The point guard is gaining recognition from the national media, which named him to the all-NBA second team, and he is quickly becoming one of the best players in franchise history.
Dame Dolla also finds himself at the top of another list which is fitting for his nickname: Highest paid players in NBA history.
Basketball Insiders recently explained that the former Weber State guard’s rookie extension, which came into effect in July, is the third largest deal in league history.
Originally his contract was around $120 million, but his stellar play boosted it to more than $139 million via the “Derrick Rose Rule”.
This summer has been kind to big-time guards as both Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors joined the 26-year-old at the top of the “highest paid” list. Conley signed for $153 million and DeRozan signed for $145 million respectively.
Those staggering amounts bring their contracts to numbers one and two on the list. The money for all these mega-deals has been created by the influx of television sponsorship money which drove up the value of max contracts.
League revenue shows no signs of slowing down as the league is in for another big bump next summer. More free agents will hit the market and possibly knock one or more of these players back down the list.
That development will make fans gasp but, when taking into account the kind of talent that comprises the top three, the numbers are easy to understand. Especially Big Game Dame, who has electrified audiences in the playoffs during his young career.
He led the Blazers to the playoffs this past season when many expected them to fail in the face of losing many free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge. That kind of production means he is worth every penny.