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Why Stephen Curry Is Underpaid Despite Having the Highest Salary in the NBA

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Stephen Curry will get his first win of the season right after the Warriors open training camp next month. It’s the starting salary from his $48.1 million he plans to earn in his first year of a contract that will make him the highest-paid player in the NBA.

And even then, he is underpaid.

The Warriors are irresponsible. They adhere to collective bargaining agreements that set contractual guidelines. Curry tops the scale. super max level.

If you have to hold the blame, point it at Callie. He’s been so financially successful with the Golden State franchise, the Bay Area, the league, and even the global game of basketball that his monetary value is beyond the bounds. he can’t pay his worth.

Despite being a priority on day one for the ownership group led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, the Chase Center wouldn’t exist without a surprising edge. of a franchise centered around Curry. Visualizing fame, glory, and future money has a way of opening doors and increasing persuasiveness.

“I don’t think Chase Center would have been built[without Curry],” says Bob Dorfman, a longtime San Francisco-based sports marketing analyst. “And the team wouldn’t be as successful as it is without building something around Steph.

“Look at the value of the team.

Doubling Curry’s contract to $96.2 million creeps toward his financial value, but still doesn’t come close.

Curry was acquired in 2010 for $450 million and the Warriors, valued at $750 million before winning the 2015 NBA Finals, are on the latest annual valuation list released by Forbes. Consider it’s the biggest reason it’s valued at $5.6 billion. By simple math, this is a little more than a 12-fold increase for him in his 12 years.

“I can’t think of anyone else who has led a franchise transformation like this,” says Dorfman. They were not rags to riches. They had a sizable fan base. But nothing like where they are now. ”

Curry is also the number one reason the Warriors have won four championships in eight years, and one of the first to rarely walk 20 steps within 50 miles of the Bay Bridge without seeing someone wearing team gear. Also consider that the reason for

Curry is the biggest reason the Warriors generally dominate the NBA’s local TV ratings. The number of viewers last season was more than double that of the No. 2 Cavaliers. He’s the number one reason Golden State will once again lead the league in national television appearances in 2022-23.

“I don’t know how you value it, but it’s definitely worth over $48 million a year.

“And there are even things like people coming to the game an hour or two early to see him warm up. They’re eating more food and drinking more beer. Or hanging out.” [in] Make the City prosper and get closer to him. ”

With more than a long list of Hall of Fame inductees, including Willie Mays, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ricky Henderson and Rick Barry, Curry will inspire and pioneer the Bay Area sports world like previous athletes. I’ve been

The presence and power of Barry Bonds has undoubtedly provided the momentum that propelled the Giants from Candlestick Park to the jewel of Oracle Park. But Barry’s image certainly stifled his potential as an all-encompassing game-changer.

Dorfman, who has been in the Bay Area since 1985, said: He was so good that he didn’t go to the bathroom at bat.”

“Football is different in that each side has 11 players. Baseball is the same. San Diego gets Juan Soto, but what? , is the one sport in which one player can turn things around.”

Through image, deeds, and popularity, Steph turned an indifferent basketball fan into a fanatical maniac, causing casual fans to vomit $400 into two Upper Bowl seats at Chase Center.

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Callie is the people’s man. He’s the NBA’s ambassador for the game, signing autographs at all 30 venues, showing up to unveil new basketball courts he’s funded, and visiting his group to donate to communities in need. I am making time to

A 9-year-old girl who couldn’t find basketball shoes and didn’t get into a college without a golf program, rejoices about the communication that made Steph’s dreams come true.

You can’t put a price on it, no matter how high the salary.

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