KEY POINTS

  • The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, in game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday
  • The Bucks' highest-paid players this season include Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton
  • Young stars Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker are among the Suns' top earners

The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks battled it out at the 2021 NBA Finals, with the latter coming out on top and clinching their first NBA title in 50 years Tuesday.

In game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to secure the second NBA championship in franchise history. The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo significantly contributed to the team's win with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, according to ESPN

At 26 years old, the two-time MVP winner has one of the highest salaries in the NBA, but Antetokounmpo is not the only player in the Bucks' and Suns' rosters who is making eight figures. Read on to find out who the highest-paid Bucks and Suns players are for 2021, courtesy of Spotrac and HoopsHype.

Milwaukee Bucks

5. P.J. Tucker

P.J. Tucker, 36, was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Bucks earlier this year alongside Rodions Kurucs in exchange for D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson and the Bucks’ first-round pick in 2023.

For the 2020-21 season, Tucker was the fifth highest-paid player of the Bucks with a salary of $7.97 million.

4. Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez, 33, plays as the Bucks’ center and is currently signed to a four-year contract worth $52 million. This gives him an average annual salary of $13 million.

3. Jrue Holiday

Shooting guard Jrue Holiday, meanwhile, signed a contract extension with the Bucks in April worth a reported $135 million over four years. 

While the 31-year-old earned $25.9 million for the 2020-21 season, his salary will see a massive jump starting next season as he will get $30 million.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo

The key factors of the Bucks' win over the Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals were arguably superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his amazing performance. For his role in the team, he was paid $27.5 million for this season. 

However, he will become the highest-paid player of the Bucks starting the 2021-22 season after signing a maximum contract extension with the franchise reportedly worth $228.2 million over five years. He will receive $39.3 million in the upcoming season.

1. Khris Middleton

Bucks small forward Khris Middleton, 29, is currently on a five-year contract with the team worth $177.5 million.

He was the highest-paid player of the Bucks for the 2020-21 season, earning $33 million. But while this figure will jump next season to $35.5 million, Antetokounmpo is set to surpass him in salary.

Phoenix Suns

5. Dario Saric

Croatian player Dario Saric, 27, is the power forward for the Suns and has an average annual salary of $9 million on his current three-year, $27 million contract.

4. Jae Crowder

The Suns’ small forward Jae Crowder, 31, is also getting a sizeable salary with his three-year, $29.1 million contract. For the 2020-21 season, he earned $9.7 million.

3. Deandre Ayton 

Despite being only 22, Deandre Ayton was the third highest-paid player of the Suns for the 2020-21 season. With a four-year, $40.4 million contract, his average annual salary comes out to $10.1 million.

2. Devin Booker 

Devin Booker is among the highest-paid players in the league at the moment at 24 years old. The shooting guard signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns in 2018. He was paid $29.5 million for the 2020-21 NBA season.

1. Chris Paul

Topping the list of the highest-paid Phoenix Suns players is point guard Chris Paul. The 36-year-old veteran has been playing in the NBA for nearly two decades and hoped to win his first championship ring this year.

But despite not winning the NBA title, "CP3" has been paid handsomely by the Suns. Paul earned $41.4 million for the 2020-21 season, but this figure will be bumped up to $44.2 million next season, according to Spotrac.

Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo goes up for a shot past Phoenix's Deandre Ayton in Tuesday's sixth game of the NBA Finals, in which the Greek star scored 50 points to power the Bucks over the Suns to win their first title since 1971 Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo goes up for a shot past Phoenix's Deandre Ayton in Tuesday's sixth game of the NBA Finals, in which the Greek star scored 50 points to power the Bucks over the Suns to win their first title since 1971 Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JONATHAN DANIEL