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The top 10 highest-paid WNBA stars in 2022

Chelsea Gray
  • WNBA players are not in the same salary bracket as the NBA players. The salary of the top ten highest-paid WNBA players is 5% of what Stephen Curry earns.
  • The highest-paid star in the WNBA will earn $228,094 this year. 
  • The WNBA players have been requesting NBA and WNBA to reduce the gap between the salaries of the two leagues. 

The Women’s National Basketball Association, WNBA, is steadily growing over the years. The league attracts basketball fans from all over the world. The WNBA has the best female basketball players in the world.

Despite the WNBA becoming a significant basketball league, there is still a massive gap between the salaries of the NBA players and the WNBA players. There have been requests from the WNBA players urging the two associations (NBA and WNBA) to reduce the vast disparity between the salaries of NBA and WNBA players.

However, the association has not yet addressed the issue. The top ten highest-paid WNBA players’ combined salary is not even equal to that of Stephen Curry. The total salaries of the highest WNBA top ten earners is only 5% of what Stephen Curry earns.

Stephen Curry, the highest-paid NBA player, earns $45.781 million per season. Conversely, the highest paid WNBA player earns $228,094 per season. Several WNBA players spend their offseason playing in other leagues to increase their earnings.

According to Sportrac, only 14 WNBA players earn more than $200,000 this year.

This article will major on the top ten highest-paid stars in WNBA.

1. Diana Taurasi 

Diana Taurasi is the highest-paid WNBA player. The Phoenix Mercury star will earn $228,094 this year.

Diana is highly paid due to her ability in the court and achievements. The 40 years old is still pushing strong on the court for Phoenix Mercury.

Diana Taurasi is a millionaire, and all her earnings are from basketball. She goes abroad during the WNBA offseason and plays for groups like UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, where she also gets paid.

Diana Taurasi has a net worth of $3.5 million.

Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart. Photo/ Sporting News.

Breanna Stewart is also a huge earner in the WNBA. The American professional basketballer plays for Seattle Storm. She signed a one-year contract with Seattle Storm and will earn $228,094 this year.

The 27 years old is one of the best offensive players in the WNBA. It is, therefore, not surprising to see her on top of the list alongside Diana Taurasi as the highest earners in WNBA.

Jewell Loyd

Jewell Loyd is another big earner in the Women’s National Basketball Association. 

The basketball star signed a two-year contract with Seattle Storm in February 2022. The agreement includes a guaranteed $463,030 at the end.

Jewell earns will earn $228,094 this year, just like her teammate Breana Stewart.

2. Dewanna Bonner

Dewanna Bonner is another huge earner in the WNBA. She ranks as the second-highest earner in the game, after Diana Taurasi, Breana Stewart and Jewell Loyd.

Bonner earns a base salary of $227,000 every season. The 34 years old star signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Mercury. The contract, which will expire in 2024, guarantees Bonner a total earning of $899,480. She will carry a cap list of $227,000 in 2022.

Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne has an experience of more than eight years in the WNBA. She is one of the highest-paid stars in the league.

The forward player signed a four-year contract with Washington Mystic in 2020. The contract guarantees her $899,480 at the end. In 2022, Delle Donne earns $227,900.

Skylar Diggins Smith

Skylar Diggins Smith plays in the NBA for Dallas Wings. The basketball star has a four-year contract with the Wings. 

The contract guarantees her a whopping $899 480 after the four years. 

In 2022, Skylar Diggins earns $227,900. Her contract is set to expire in 2024. 

Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner is another big earner in the WNBA. The 31 years old has one year left in her three-year contract with Phoenix Mercury. 

In 2022, Brittney Griner will earn $227,900. Her contract with Phoenix Mercury guarantees her $664544 at the end of the three years. 

8. Natasha Howard

It is not a surprise that Natasha Howard is on the list of highest-paid WNBA players in 2022. The 30-year-old New York Liberty forward is one of the best forwards in the WNBA league.

She signed a four-year contract with New York Liberty that guarantees her $898,700 at the end of the four years. Natasha is in her second year of the contract and will earn $221,450. 

9. Tiffany Hayes

Tiffany Hayes has an experience of nine years in the WNBA. The forward plays for Atlanta Dream on a one-year contract. She will earn $215,000 this year, and then things might change afterwards if her contract is renewed.

10. Chelsea Gray

Chelsea Gray plays for the Las Vegas Aces. She signed a two-year contract which guarantees her $392,534. 

In 2022, she will earn a base salary of $206,267.

Chelsea Gray

Chelsea Gray. Photo/ ESPN.

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