The Dallas Mavericks worked out one of the easiest contracts in their history last summer as Luka Doncic earned a no-brainer max extension. The 23-year-old was so good that he bypassed the rookie max and earned a Rose Rule max for a projected $207 million over five years. The Mavs brass even flew to Slovenia where number 77 signed the deal. Luka deserves every penny, and he is still underpaid on his new deal.
The contract kicks in this season, and it pushed the Mavs over the luxury tax for the first time since 2011. Owner Mark Cuban says he is willing to pay the tax to keep the team competitive around Luka, but fans will have to wait to see how deep into the tax he is willing to go.
Sportico ranked the NBA’s highest earners this season when including their endorsements, and Doncic just barely squeaked onto the list. Here is a closer look at where number 77 ranks.
Luka Doncic is getting paid this season: Where does he rank among NBA’s top earners?
According to Sportico, Luka is set to earn $37.1 million from the Mavericks and another $8.5 million in endorsements for a total of $45.6 million. That total makes him the 15th highest-paid player in the league with LeBron James topping the list at a staggering $119.5 million.
Doncic’s main source of endorsement money comes from his shoe deal with Jordan Brand. The 23-year-old just released the Luka 1s, which should only increase his earnings in years to come.
Luka is a top-five player in the league, and he may be viewed as the best by the season’s end. Expect him to keep climbing this leaderboard as he further cements himself as an all-time great player.
What will Luka Doncic do this season? His goal is to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a championship, and fans know the 23-year-old superstar will be cannot miss action throughout the season, so please tune in and enjoy the show.