Which school produces the most and highest-paid NBA players? High school, bar none. In fact, no college or university even comes close in comparison to producing so many high-profile (and expensive) players. After all, many of the NBA bigwigs (with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Amare Stoudamire, and Dwight Howard, among others) didn’t go to college.
But what about the players who went to college? The average NBA player salary is roughly $4.1 million per year (wish I worked for a place with an average salary like that)–less than half of what players who went straight from high school to the NBA make (a whopping $8.6 million per year).
Nothing too alarming, I suppose, if you figure the world’s most talented players are the only ones drafted right out of high school.
But I thought it would be interesting to do a salary comparison of all the NBA players currently in the league and attach them to the school they came from. Ever wanted to know how many and how well-paid the players from your favorite college compares to colleges around the country? Well, I’m giving you that chance :). Here’s the painstakingly tedious infographic I put together for your viewing and comparing pleasure.
The image is very large so you might need a big monitor to view it (after all, every one of the 430+ NBA players are listed, complete with their salary, school, and country from which they came). Click here if you want to view the full resolution PDF.
Salary data came from ESPN.com‘s salary data in the NBA roster profiles.