The WNBA has been the center stage of women’s basketball. Among the spectacular plethora of talented young players and legends of the sport, the league keeps flourishing in popularity. WNBA players have made significant fortunes from their player contracts and salaries. So exactly, who is the highest-paid WNBA player in the league?
Today we look at the base salary and cap hits in 2023 to rank the highest-paid WNBA players. From Dewanna Bonner to Diana Taurasi, here are the highest-paid players in the league.
Phoenix Mercury’s guard Skylar Diggins-Smith is one of the best-paid players in the league. Currently, the WNBA professional earns an annual average salary of $224,870 from her four-year contract signed with the Dallas Wings in February 2020.
Diggins-Smith has earned a salary of $227,900 in the 2022-23 season with a similar cap hit value. For the 2023-24 season, the Mercury guard will earn $234,350 with a similar dead cap and cap hit value.
4. DeWanna Bonner
Connecticut Sun’s guard-forward Dewanna Bonner is also earning a considerable fortune in the league. Her four-year $899,480 contract signed with the Phoenix Mercury in February 2020 will see her bag $234,350 for the coming season.
The contract came with $899,480 guaranteed at signing, with an average salary of $224,870 annually. In the 2022-23 season, Bonner earned a base salary of $227,900 with a dead cap and cap hit value of $227,900.
3. Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm’s guard Jewell Loyd earns an annual average salary of $231,515, according to her current WNBA contract. Signed in February 2022, the two-year deal worth $463,030 came with $463,030 guaranteed at signing.
For the 2022-23 season, Loyd has bagged a base salary of $228,094 with a similar cap hit value. The Storm guard will earn $234,936 in the 2023-24 season with a dead cap and cap hit value of $234,936, making her one of the highest-paid players in the league.
2. Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Mercury’s guard Diana Taurasi is also one of the highest-earning athletes in the league. Her two-year contract worth $469,872, signed with the Mercury in February 2023, will see Taurasi earn an average salary of $234,936 annually.
For the 2022-23 season, the Mercury guard earned an average salary of $224,772. With a guaranteed $469,872 for her new deal, Taurasi will earn a base salary of $234,936 for the coming season with a similar cap hit value.
In the coming 2023-24 season, Arike Ogunbowale will earn a base salary of $234,936 with a cap hit of $234,936. Her annual salary is over four times as much as her previous four-year contract, worth $220,235, which had an annual average salary of $55,059. The new season will see Arike Ogunbowale become the highest-paid WNBA player.
Who is the Highest Paid WNBA player?
Arike Ogunbowale is the highest-paid WNBA Player.
Where does Arike Ogunbowale play?
Arike Ogunbowale plays for the Dallas Wings.
How much is Arike Ogunbowale earning in the WNBA?
Arike Ogunbowale will earn a base salary of $234,936 in the new season.
Ritvik Malhotra is an NBA editor and writer for FirstSportz. He has previously worked with renowned media outlets such as FootTheBall and EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for nearly a decade and has been a diehard fan of Kevin Durant since his heydays with the Oklahoma City Thunder. When not writing about the beautiful game, he enjoys his rock playlist.
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