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  • Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the highest-paid NBA player this season
  • The Lakers have the second and third highest-paid NBA players, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, respectively
  • Tied in sixth place are Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

As the games of the NBA season get more intense, the performance of members of each team determines their futures and their contract renewals. One wrong move may cause an injury leading them to sit out some of the most crucial games for their teams. Those who play the most intense games and bat the most impressive averages become the highest-paid players overall.

Who are they? Take a look at the highest-paid players in each team and how much they earn:

Atlanta Hawks

With a net worth of $50 million, Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks is the team's highest-paid player, with a salary of $37.1 million. Young's skills have been put to good use in the team since he's up 40.4% on his triples and averaging 28.2 points and 10.2 assists. The Atlanta Hawks' second highest-paid player is John Collins, earning $23.5 million.

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics' two highest-paid players are toe to toe, with Jaylen Brown earning $28.7 million and Jayson Tatum earning $28.1 million. Tatum averages 31.6 points per game, plus 8.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Brown is at 27.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Brown currently has a net worth of $10 million.

Brooklyn Nets

With a net worth of $200 million and sitting in fourth place in terms of overall salary rankings, Kevin Durant is the highest-paid player in the Brooklyn Nets with a salary of $44.1 million. He continued to perform well even after getting a sprained MCL. Though Kyrie Irving had a slow start this season, he has since recovered. His salary is $36.9 million.

Charlotte Hornets

Gordon Hayward of the Charlotte Hornets has a salary of $30.1 million and a net worth of $60 million. Hayward is returning from a fractured shoulder only to get a hamstring injury. He averages 10.8 points on 39.3 percent shooting overall. Terry Rozier is the second-highest-paid player on the team at $21.5 million.

Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls earns a salary of $37.1 million. He averages 26.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He has a net worth of $70 million. DeMar DeRozan, meanwhile, earns $27.3 million. He averages 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell's salary is $30.9 million. He has an impressive 71-point performance but has seen a slight drop in efficiency, though he is still one of the greatest individual performers in the game's history. His net worth is currently at $20 million. Kevin Love is the second highest paid from the team at $28.9 million.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Dončić leads the Dallas Mavericks in terms of salary, earning $37.1 million. Second is Spencer Dinwiddie at $20.2 million. With a net worth of $25 million, Doncic has been proving himself with his increase in average scoring and assists. Doncic's performance has also remained solid this season.

Denver Nuggets

For the Denver Nuggets, the highest-paid player is Nikola Jokić, whose current net worth is 30 million. He earns $33.1 million, followed by Jamal Murray at $31.6 million. Jokic averages 26 points, 12.2 rebounds and 10.8 assists. Murray, meanwhile, averages 19 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists, with his performance getting better this season.

Detroit Pistons

Bojan Bogdanović's earnings amount to $19.5 million, while Marvin Bagley III earns $12.5 million. Bogdanovic is one of the most sought-after names in the industry, though his three-point shooting has slipped recently. Bagley's injuries had limited his game time so far.

Golden State Warriors

The highest-paid player in the NBA, Stephen Curry, will take home $48.1 million, contributing to his net worth of $160 million. Second to him for his team is Klay Thompson, with $40.6 million. Thomson also completes the top 10 highest-paid NBA players this season. Curry's best performance this season is yet to come since he has had a shoulder injury. Thompson's performance has been brilliant so far.

Houston Rockets

Eric Gordon from the Houston Rockets earns $19.6 million and averages 11.7 points and 2.3 assists while shooting 36.8%. His net worth is currently at $14 million. Jalen Green, meanwhile, earns $9.4 million and is shooting 38.8% overall.

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers' highest-paid player Buddy Hield earns $22.8 million, adding to his net worth of $6 million. Hield has a strong play, shooting 49.7%. Myles Turner is the second-highest-paid player of the team, with $18 million.

Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George's salary of $42.5 million ranks them as the sixth highest-paid players this season, tied with Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo. Leonard has a net worth of $80 million.

Los Angeles Lakers

The second-highest-paid NBA player this season is Russell Westbrook — the top-paid player in the Los Angeles Lakers with a salary of $47.1 million. He also has a net worth of $200 million. Next to him is LeBron James at $44.5 million. James is the third highest-paid player this season.

Memphis Grizzlies

Earning $28.9 million, Jaren Jackson Jr. is the highest-paid player from the Memphis Grizzlies. He is returning from foot surgery, but he has shown superb defense skills so far. Steven Adams, earning $17.9 million, also ranks first in both offensive and total rebound percentage.

Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat earns $37.7 million, ranking him the 14th highest-paid player this season. He has a net worth of $60 million. The second highest-paid member of the team is Bam Adebayo, with a salary of $30.4 million. The team improved its season ratings last month, with its top-paid players making significant contributions.

Milwaukee Bucks

Tied in sixth place in the ranking of highest-paid NBA players this season is Giannis Antetokounmpo, the highest-paid member of the Milwaukee Bucks at $42.5 million. His net worth is $70 million. Following him is Khris Middleton, earning $37.9 million.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert's salary of $38.2 million puts her in 11th place for highest-paid players this season. He has a net worth of $40 million. Karl-Anthony Towns, the second highest paid in the Minnesota Timberwolves, earns $33.8 million.

New Orleans Pelicans

CJ McCollum is the highest-paid player from New Orleans Pelicans with $33.3 million, followed by Brandon Ingram at $31.7 million. McCollum has been stepping up for his team after the injuries of Ingram and another teammate, Zion Williamson.

New York Knicks

Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks has a salary of $27.7 million. Meanwhile, the second highest-paid member of the New York Knicks, Julius Randle, earns $23.8 million. Brunson's three-point shooting is at 32.4%, while Randle is at 45.8% overall.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the top-paid member of the Oklahoma City Thunder at $30.9 million. Second in line is Luguentz "Lu" Dort with $15.3 million. Gilgeous-Alexander's defense and three-point shots have surprised fans of the sport this season. Dort is also proving to be a strong, talented wing defender.

Orlando Magic

Jonathan Isaac's salary of $17.5 million puts him in the lead as the highest-paid player on his team. Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic's starting point guard, is the second highest-paid member of the team at $16.5 million. He has a net worth of $5 million.

Philadelphia 76ers

Tobias Harris, in fifteenth place in terms of salary this season, has a net worth of $30 million. His current salary is $37.6 million, making him the highest-paid member of his team, while in second place is Joel Embiid at $33.6 million. Harris shoots 30.4% from three, while Embiid is the second in the NBA league in terms of scoring.

Phoenix Suns

The highest-paid player of the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker, earns $33.8 million, while in second place is Deandre Ayton at $30.9 million. Booker was out for a couple of games, giving Ayton a chance to step up this season. Booker's net worth is $30 million.

Portland Trail Blazers

In a four-way tie for the sixth highest-paid NBA player is Damian Lillard, earning $42.5 million. He has a net worth of $100 million. The second highest-paid member of his team Portland Trail Blazers is Anfernee Simons, at $22.3 million.

Sacramento Kings

Lead scorer for the Sacramento Kings De'Aaron Fox is the highest-paid member of the team with $30.4 million, adding to his net worth of $20 million. In second place is Domantas Sabonis, with $18.5 million. Sabonis has also proven his contract worth every penny since he is in the running for team MVP this season.

San Antonio Spurs

Doug McDermott, with 41.5% shooting from three, is San Antonio Spurs' highest-paid player at $13.8 million. Josh Richardson is next with a salary of $12.2 million. Critics predict the two highest-paid members of the Spurs might be likely to change teams at the trade deadline due to their salaries being easy to match.

Toronto Raptors

With $35.5 million in salary, Pascal Siakam is the highest-paid Toronto Raptors player. He has a net worth of $30 million. Siakam gave the Raptors an average of 26.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists last month. The second-highest-paid player of the team is Fred VanVleet, with $21.3 million.

Utah Jazz

With $22.7 million, Mike Conley Jr. tops the list of players in the Utah Jazz in terms of salary. He has been a consistent contributor to the success of the team. He has a net worth of $70 million. Collin Sexton, who is in second place with $16.5 million, had a hamstring injury but has been a good player during his time on-court.

Washington Wizards

The fifth highest-paid NBA player is Bradley Beal, whose $43.3 million salary makes him the highest-paid player within the Washington Wizards. His net worth is $40 million. Second to him and ranking 22nd overall in terms of salary is Kristaps Porziņģis at $33.8 million.