04/26/2012 08:57 am ET

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the 25 Highest-Paid NBA Players

With an average salary of over $5 million per year, NBA players are among sports' wealthiest athletes. Yet, even within that stratosphere, there is a hierarchy.

Alex Rodriguez will make over $29 million to play baseball for the New York Yankees this season. That makes him the highest-paid professional athlete in the United States among the major sports teams. The NBA certainly has its fair share of wealthy professional athletes though.

Here are the top 25 that are currently in the league.

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