In this world where everything revolves around money, athletes and entertainment figures seem to be the center of everyone’s attention and especially NBA league players. Role players and Deep bench guys are making 12th million dollars at a time and that’s more than any other athlete is making. Here are the 10 highest-paid NBA players in 2020;
10. Damian Lillard – NBA League Player
Damian Lillard, American professional athlete, starts it off bringing in $62.2 million from NBA contract and $20.5 million from endorsements. Coming out of high school, he was listed as two-star recruit and he then attended small-time Weber State University, Ogden. There is no way Lillard has seen this amount of money coming.
He started his career with Blazers and was with them over the next eight years. Over his career, he is averaging 22.4 points and 6.5 assists per game. Back in 2015, Lillard signed a contract with Adidas who pays him $100 million over the span of ten years.
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo started his career with Milwaukee Bucks. He is bringing in $67.1 million from NBA contract and $2.3 million from endorsements. He has grown up in Greece where he used to sell trinkets to help his family get by. Much like Lillard, the odds were stacked up against him and there was no way Giannis would have seen this financial income happening.
Over his career, he is averaging 20 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He is also a Nike athlete who recently debuted his signature shoe. He is more likely to be considered as NBA GOATS.
8. Chris Paul
Chris Paul started off with New Orleans Hornets and was then shifted to Clippers. He is now bringing in $68.1 million from his NBA contract and 11.7 million from his endorsements. Over his career, he is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. He has been a ten-time all-stars selection, eight-time all NBA selection, and nine-time all-defensive selection. Paul is one of the highest-paid NBA players and in 2006, he signed a deal with Michael Jordan’s brand and now has over 13 signature shoes.
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7. Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson is one of the biggest shooters of all time and brings in $69.9 million from NBA contract and $21.9 million from endorsements. Over his career, he is averaging 19.5 points per game, shooting over 40 % from three. He has been an NBA champion three times. In 2017, Klay has signed a deal with a Chinese brand called ANTA, and also have his signature shoe company. The way he is, surely he will keep rising his income, making him one of the highest-paid NBA league players.
6. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving began his career at CAVS in 2011. He is bringing in $46.3 million from NBA contract and $29.3 million from endorsements. He is a name himself and is one of the best ball handlers in the world. Over his career, he is averaging 22.4 points and 5.7 assists per game. He has been All-stars six times, a two-time All NBA selection, and a one-time NBA champion. A deal with NIKE brings him $11 million every year and also has a signature shoe. Kyrie definitely the highest-paid NBA league player and has a long journey ahead of him.
5. James Harden
James Harden is one of the NBA’s most dominant scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA. He is bringing in $56 million from NBA contract and $24.6 million from endorsements. He has been All-stars eight-time, a six-time NBA selection, and won a league MVP in 2018. Back in August of 2015, Harden signed a deal with Adidas worth of $200 million and has signature shoes as well which are the most popular shoes Adidas offers.
Russell Westbrook is bringing in $56.4 million from his NBA contract and $26 million from endorsements. He was a loyal member of OKC Thunders in the first ten years of his career and then joined Houston to reign. He is one of the most explosive athletes who ever played and as well as one of the best leaders in the game. Over his career, he is averaging, 23.3 points and 8.3 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game. He has been a nine-time All-stars and eight-time All NBA selection. His WHY NOT series of shoes are popular as basketball shoes.
3. Kevin Durant
KD is bringing in $56 million from NBA contract and $51.3 million from endorsements. He is one of the greatest players of all time and even one of the best scorers. Over his career, he is averaging 27 points per game, shooting almost 50% from the field. He has been a ten-time ALL stars and nine-time All NBA selection and was 2014 NBA MVP. He has a deal with Nike worth 300 million and his KD shoe series is one of the popular series in basketball.
2. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is bringing in $58.9 million from NBA contracts and $66 million from endorsements. He has been a loyal member of Golden State ever since entering the league back in 2009. He is one of the best shooters in the history of basketball. Over his career, he is averaging 23.5 points and 6.6 assists per game. He has been ALL stars six-time, six-time ALL NBA selection and two times MVP, and three times NBA champion. Back in 2016, Stephen has signed an extension with Under Armour with over $100 million and he also has a signature shoe company.
1. Lebron James
Lebron James is bringing in $54.8 million from NBA contract and $80.6 million from endorsements. After a career full of interesting choices, James now plays for the LAKERS. He is one of the dominant players of the game and some of them also consider him the absolute greatest who ever played. Over his career, he is averaging 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game. He has been an All-star sixteen-time, a fifteen-time NBA selection, four-time MVP, and three-time NBA champion. He reportedly has a lifetime deal with Nike worth $1 billion. Lebron’s name is now a valuable brand in itself.
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