Top 10 Highest Paid Basketball Players 2019

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The plethora of talents the NBA is continuously bombarded with annually ensures the continuity of the thrills fans are greeted with every season. The sport, which is unarguably the number one in the US has garnered so much attention from fans, that it racks in billions of dollars in net profit yearly. The players who delight fans with their various antics are considered a major recipient of the revenue basketball games steadily turn in. Among such players, the very best in the game, who have earned the admiration of fans have been the ones who have had a large chunk of revenue designated for players in the game of basketball. Aside from revenue streaming from the NBA, various business ventures of these NBA stars have made their net worth skyrocket, doubling what they earn from the NBA. Here are the top 10 highest paid basketball players in the NBA as released by Forbes.

10. Paul George

  • Salary (bonus included): $30.6 million
  • Endorsement deal: $8 million
  • Sponsors: Nike, Gatorade, Footlocker, New Era
  • NBA Team: Los Angeles Clippers

In 2018, George signed a $137 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which made him the 10th highest-paid basketball player in the NBA. Following a remarkable season with the Thunders, Paul transferred to the Los Angeles Clippers. A fit and avid player, George has had to struggle with injuries, which he steadily emerged from to the delights of fans.

9. Blake Griffin

  • Salary (bonus included): $32.1 million
  • Endorsement deals: $7 million
  • Sponsors: Red Bull, Panini, Nike
  • NBA Team: Detroit Pistons

In just nine years in the NBA, Blake’s determination and zeal in the courts have paid off, as he has become an NBA  household name. Rated among the very best in the NBA, Blake signed a $171 million 5-year deal with the Pistons, one of the richest contracts in the NBA. Aside from Basketball, Blake’s production company, which he owns with NFL player, Matt Kalil is another source of revenue to the ever-expanding net worth of this ace basketball player.

8. Damian Lillard

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $28 million
  • Endorsement deals: $13 million
  • Sponsors: Hulu, Adidas, Panini
  • NBA Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Young and vibrant, Lillard is one of the NBA players who combine his energy with solid defence and exceptional wits. His $140 million 5-year contracts with the Blazers, made him 8th highest-paid player in the NBA. Aside from basketball, Lillard is a rapper with two albums to his name. He is also an ambassador for the Special Olympics. Adidas released Lillard’s signature, the $115 Dame 5 recently and it is currently one of Adidas’s NBA best sellers.

7. Giannis Antetokounmpo

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $24.2 million
  • Endorsement deals: $19 million
  • Sponsors: Hulu, 2K Sports, Nike
  • NBA Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Popularly known as the Greek Freak, Giannis who is of Nigerian descent is in the middle of a $100 million four-year deal he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2016. Last season, Giannis ranked among the top 10, in rebounds, scoring and blocks. His first signature shoe with Nike is set to be released this year. The deal increased his annual endorsement pay from Nike to $9 million.

6. Chris Paul

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $35.7 million
  • Endorsement deals: $8 million
  • Sponsors: Disney, Panini, State Farm Insurance, Spalding
  • NBA Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul who currently serves as the President of the National Basketball Players Association recently moved from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder. His earnings from his 10 endorsement partners made him one of the highest-earning players in the NBA. Paul is credited for the experience he brings to the court as well as his incredible antics.

5. James Harden

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $30.4 million
  • Endorsement deals: $17 million
  • Sponsors: Electronic Arts, Adidas, BodyArmour, State Farm Insurance
  • NBA Team: Houston Rockets

The man known for his beards often referred to as the Beards, Harden tried but to no avail to win a second successive NBA MVP. His scoring binge during the 2018/19 season, was indeed remarkable. Harden’s $169.3 million contracts with the Rockets happen to be one of the richest in the NBA presently.

4. Russell Westbrook

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $35.7 million
  • Endorsement deals: $18 million
  • Sponsors: Samsung Electronics, PepsiCo, True Religion Apparel, Nike
  • NBA Team: Houston Rockets

Westbrook currently owns the richest contract running in the NBA, a $207 million 5-year deal. Westbrook has to his credit league MVP. Westbrook has recorded triple-doubles for a full season in two different seasons. He recently released his second and third signature shoes, the Why Not Zer0.2 and Westbrook 0.3.

3. Kevin Durant

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $30 million
  • Endorsement deals: $35 million
  • Sponsors: Nike, Google, Alaska Air Group
  • NBA Team: Brooklyn Nets

Durant’s unique style of play is one of the many things that makes him stand out in the NBA. An experienced and energetic player, Durant has a reputation for his accurate shots, solid defence and rapid passes. Throughout his career, Durant has earned about $400 million in salary and endorsement deals. Though he is fierce on the field, Durant has a loving and benevolent charisma. He recently opened the Durant centre, in Maryland, a program which helps kids from low-income home progress to college.

2. Stephen Curry

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $37.5 million
  • Endorsement deals: $42 million
  • Sponsors: Under Armour, Nissan Motor, Chase, Rakuten, Palm
  • NBA Team: Golden State Warriors

Loved by all NBA fans, Curry influence in the game of basketball cannot be downplayed. A two-time league MVP, Curry has broken several records as well as won numerous awards. He recently signed an endorsement deal with Japanese brand, Rakuten. Curry also owns a production company, Unanimous Media released its first movie entitled Breakthrough in April 2019. Curry also owns, SC30, a company which manages Curry’s investment, charity works and brand endorsements.

1. LeBron James

  • Salary (Bonus Included): $35.7 million
  • Endorsement deals: $53 million
  • Sponsors: Coca-Cola, Nike, Beats-Electronics, KIA Motors, Beats by Dre
  • NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James is one of the greatest players the NBA has seen in the 21st century. James is a remarkable player who has won several individuals and team awards in his career. Outside basketball, James owns several business ventures, such as his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, founded in 2008, health company, Launch Ladder, and Blake Pizza which has several franchises in Florida and Chicago.

Summary

Here is a quick summary of the top 10 highest paid basketball players in 2019.

  1. LeBron James
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. Russell Westbrook
  5. James Harden
  6. Chris Paul
  7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  8. Damian Lillard
  9. Blake Griffin
  10. Paul George

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