Stephen Curry’s Single Match Salary 3x More than W-NBA Player’s Annual Salary

Published 08/17/2021, 12:02 PM EDT
Apr 9, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) scores during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


Basketball aficionados in the United States are at a crossroads yet again. However, this time around, it involves an issue that goes far beyond the lines of a basketball court. The growing disparity between the NBA and the W-NBA, especially in the modern era, is shocking! With modern day superstars like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant netting major paychecks of up to 700,000 $ this offseason, the question doing the rounds is, why has the W-NBA fallen behind?

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Following a boom in widespread fan following, the NBA’s propensity to offer blockbuster contracts also increased. But, the women’s game seemed to be left behind, as salaries have been rather stagnant in the past decade.

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Apr 21, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles the ball during a warmup prior to the Warriors’ game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

When compared to what WNBA stars like Washington’s Elena Delle Donne, or Phoenix’s Skylar Diggins Smith who net an annual income of just over $221,450, Curry, playing or not, makes triple ($700,000) PER GAME!

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In its 25 years of uplifting women through sport, the WNBA has fallen way behind with their supermax base extension capped at $221,450 per annum. Furthermore, the average annual WNBA salary was just a mere 120,650 $ in 2021.

This disparity comes at a point where, on the other hand, stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry have signed over $200-million contracts in 2020-21.

Oct 6, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) is congratulated by teammates after winning the MVP trophy of the 2020 WNBA Finals at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Is it considering the revenues the NBA generates via viewership, ticket sales, broadcasting, and merchandizing in comparison to the WNBA? Whatever the case may be, this issue is rapidly up and coming on the docket for both commissioner Cathy Englebert and Adam Silver.

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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