Connor McDavid is 20 years old. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy this season as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He was one of the biggest draft prospects ever, and he already has delivered on the hype in his second season for the Edmonton Oilers.
For his hard work an amazing potential, McDavid received a contract extension this offseason. He’ll make $100 million over the next eight years. That’s great money that should ensure McDavid and his family are wealthy for all their days.
Patty Mills is the San Antonio Spurs’ backup point guard. He’s a really great backup point guard, arguably the best at the role in the NBA. He also received a new contract this offseason. He’ll make $50 million over the next four years.
So, yes, McDavid and Mills will be earning the same average annual salary over the next four years: $12.5 million. For the 20-year-old best player in the NHL and the 28-year-old best backup point guard in the NBA.
We all know the NBA makes more money than the NHL, and NBA rosters require half as many players as NHL rosters. So of course NBA players make more. But that juxtaposition still is a big startling. The highest-allowable salary in the NHL is only $15 million, and…