The NBA pays well, but who are the highest-paid players in the league?
It's no joke that the players involved collect millions of dollars due to the enormous amount of money they bring into the organization. Their savings accounts are boosted by more than just their incomes. Many athletes have multimillion-dollar sponsorship contracts that supplement their salaries. Players will make millions of dollars by selling shoes, clothing, and other products. Also in the COVID-19 era, the NBA continues to expand and reward its top stars with lucrative contracts.
5. James Harden – 31 Years Old – Brooklyn Nets
Total Earnings: $50 million
Salary: $33 million
Endorsements: $17 million
This season, Harden has been instrumental in getting Brooklyn to the next level. Even with their sometimes lax defense, they are up there this season thanks to the large number of goals he has scored. This season, Harden is predicted to be a strong contender for the MVP award. As he seeks his first NBA Championship ring, the Beard has 25.9 points, 11.1 assists, and 8.2 rebounds. It's not unreasonable to believe that as the Nets rise in the league, their stars will become more marketable. Over the next few years, Harden may see an uptick in endorsements.
4. Russell Westbrook – 32 Years Old – Washington Wizards
Total Earnings: $58.1 million
Salary: $33 million
Endorsements: $25 million
Despite having a difficult few years in the NBA, the nine-time All-Star still ranks fourth on the list. Russell seems to be making up for it this season, averaging 21.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 10.5 rebounds in double figures. Sadly, it hasn't been enough to propel the Wizards up the conference standings. With numbers like these this season, Westbrook might be able to make one more big-money leap. Westbrook's profits are boosted by a lucrative sponsorship contract with Nike. Russell also has sponsorships with PepsiCo and Samsung, which help him stay at the top of the NBA's highest-paid players list.
3. Kevin Durant – 32 Years Old – Brooklyn Nets
Total Earnings: $65.2 million
Salary: $31.2 million
Endorsements: $34 million
Kevin Durant, the third and final member of the Nets' big three, appears to make a lot of money from basketball. In the NBA, he is a true power forward. His honors list demonstrates that he is in the top three. 11-time All-Star, two-time NBA Champion, one-time NBA MVP, and many other accolades. Durant's contract is about to expire, so I'm sure he'll be looking to make some big money moves by then. Durant reportedly converted a $1 million investment into $15 million, according to Forbes. Nice with a ball and the stock market, the Nets star invested in food-delivery service Postmates.
2. Steph Curry – 33 Years Old – Golden State Warriors
Total Earnings: $74.4 million
Endorsements: $40 million
Steph Curry is a seven-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA Champion, and two-time NBA MVP. Curry will almost definitely be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, and his lucrative career will resume on the court. Curry, like Klay Thompson, will be concentrating on helping the Warriors break out of their two-year rut. Curry's clothing line of Under Armour will help him make money off the pitch. The Curry Brand, which sells boots, garments, and accessories, has the potential to earn $20 million a year. Curry will make much more money if the brand takes off.
1. LeBron James – 36 Years Old – Los Angeles Lakers
Total Earnings: $95.4 million
Salary: $31.4 million
Endorsements: $64 million
The King, as you would suspect, is at the top of the list of highest-paid NBA players. LeBron James, regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history, has taken advantage of his star status to make money off the court. James has multi-million dollar endorsement agreements with PepsiCo, Beats, and Nike, to name a few. The Lakers' star is expected to play for another couple of years, and his numbers are already among the highest in the league. This season, LeBron has 25.4 points, 7.9 assists, and 7.9 rebounds. James' earnings seem to be on track to make him a billionaire in little time. This will make LeBron the fifth active athlete to reach the billion-dollar mark. It seems that it is only a matter of time before that occurs.
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