In 2019, the list of the highest-paid athletes of Forbes has been announced. With the popularity of big contracts and super contracts in the NBA, three players from the NBA have entered the top 10 of the list, and they are ranked 8th to 10th respectively. So in the NBA, who are the top five players in the total income in 19 years? Next, follow the US media “ballbomcom” to see the list of the NBA’s most local tyrants!
Fifth place, James Harden ($4.77 million)
In fifth place is the Houston Rockets’ star player, wearing James Harden in the No. 13 cheap NBA jerseys. Since the Thunder team traded to the Rockets in 2012, Harden has become one of the NBA’s best scorers. As the seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time NBA All-First team member and last year’s MVP, Harden has led the Rockets into the Western Conference Playoffs for the past seven seasons. In 2017, Harden and the Rockets agreed to extend the contract for four years, with a total salary of $228 million, one of the largest contracts in NBA history. In addition, he endorsed Adidas and a large number of sports shoes trade, in 2019 with a revenue of 47.7 million US dollars ranked fifth in the league salary.
Fourth place, Russell Westbrook ($5.37 million)
In 2017, Westbrook shot a triple-double in the season and won the regular season MVP. This allowed him to sign a five-year, $205 million renewal contract with the Thunder. Eight times in the NBA All-Star, Westbrook became one of the brightest and most explosive players in the league. Off the court, Westbrook is still a fashion icon, which brings him a variety of sponsorship opportunities. In the year he signed the extension contract, Westbrook also reached a huge 10-year deal with Jordan Brand. The sum of his salary and endorsement fees reached $53.7 million, ranking fourth among all players in the league.
Third place, Kevin Durant ($6.54 million, Forbes athletes earn tenth)
Healthy Kevin Durant can be said to be the best player in the entire NBA. This summer he had a very good chance of getting a huge contract, but the Achilles break made him go to a mystery. Even so, in the past year, the two NBA champions and the finals MVP have earned a lot of money. In 2019, Durant received $30.4 million in salary from the contract and $35 million from the endorsement. His endorsement funds are basically from Nike, and Kevin Durant brand shoes are one of the most popular shoes on the market. Despite the injury to Durant, there are still many players who are willing to offer him a big contract. It is expected that Durant’s total revenue will increase in 2020.
Second place, Stephen Curry ($7.98 million, Forbes athletes ninth)
Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in NBA history. In 2017, Curry agreed to renew his contract with the Warriors for more than $200 million. In 2019 alone, his salary reached an astonishing $37.8 million, which is the highest paid player in the NBA. At the same time, Curry still achieved more endorsements, and An Dema brought him an additional $42 million in revenue. On the other hand, Curry is also sponsored by other companies such as Brita Water and Nissan. Overall, Curry earned nearly $80 million in 2019, making him the second-highest player in the NBA. Even more frightening is that his total income will continue to increase because his salary will increase every year.
First place, LeBron James ($8.9 million, Forbes athletes earned eighth place)
There is no doubt that James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in the past year. As one of the best and most influential athletes in sports history, James has completely changed the game. In 2018, James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, and James also received $53 million in endorsement fees, which totaled $89 million. As one of Nike’s highest-paid endorsement athletes, James’ equipment is the most purchased commodity in sports. As he moved to Los Angeles recently, James’s endorsement is expected to continue to rise as he will receive more attention. He has been announced as the protagonist of “Aerial Slam Dunk 2” released in 2021, and expressed interest in participating in more films and other projects in Los Angeles, which will increase his worth again.