As far as the world of sports goes, being a National Basketball Association (NBA) player means that you’re in the green. Player salaries have gone into the stratosphere in recent years, and show no sign of slowing down. Furthermore, lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals often more than double player’s on court salary, making for earnings that boggle the mind.
We’ve rounded up the top 10 NBA players that are suffering from bloated bank account syndrome in 2019. The rest of us who aren’t talented players will just have to keep playing online pokies and hoping for a jackpot to equal their pay cheques!
It seems like Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James has been making headlines for his incredible earnings for a while now. His salary over the last 16 years tops a record breaking $270 million. But that doesn’t come close to the cash earned from various endorsements, which are more than double the already staggering income.
Nike banked hard on the LeBron line of shoes, which are entering their 17th iteration. In addition, LeBron added two more endorsement deals in 2019, which will look nice alongside his already existing Blaze Pizza, Beats By Dre, Coca-Cola and NBA 2K sponsorships.
For 2019 LeBron James earned $37.4 million on the court, and $55 million off the court, taking home a total of $92.4 million.
In 2nd place is Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry. Interestingly enough, his on court earnings are actually more than James’, sitting at $40.2 million. But his off court earnings are $10 million less, sitting at $45 million, costing him the number one position.
Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant is in 3rd place, with earnings of $187 million over 12 seasons. He’s also currently locked in to a 10-year contract with Nike and will get an additional $275 million in his bank account even if he doesn’t step back on the court.
In 2019 Durant earned $38.2 million on the court, and $35 million off the court, pocketing a total of $73.2 million.
Houston Rockets player Russell Westbrook is another player that has a higher on court earning than the position above, even if only by a few hundred thousand. He bagged $38.5 million on the court, and $18 million in endorsements, for a total of $56.5 million.
Coming in at number 5 is James Harden, who also plays for the Houston Rockets. His earnings on the court were significantly better than his endorsement deals, sitting at $38.2 million. His off court earnings were only $17 million, putting the total at $55.2 million.
Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving boasts a total of $51.7 million for 2019. That breaks down into $31.7 million on the court, and $20 million off the court.
Another Golden State Warriors player rolling in the dough, Klay Thompson comes in at number seven. A $32.7 million salary and $15 million in endorsements snags him a grand total of $47.7 million.
At number 8 is Chris Paul, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunders. His decent salary of $38.5 million is let down by having the lowest off court earnings on the list, totalling only $8 million. His total is $46.5 million.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, is in second last place. A salary of $25.8 million and off-court earnings of $20 million give him a grand total of $45.8 million.
Finally, in tenth position we have Damian Lillard, playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. He is the lowest on the list, but don’t feel too bad for him, because his grand total of $43.8 million certainly isn’t anything to be sad about. That’s $29.8 million on the court, and $14 million off the court.