LeBron tops list of NBA’s highest-paid players for 2021

LeBron James once again leads Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid players in the NBA.

The Los Angeles Lakers star was named the NBA’s top-earning player for the seventh consecutive year with estimated earnings of $95.4 million, including $64 million from endorsements. Forbes’ Kurt Badenhausen notes that James could net more than $10 million alone from “Space Jam 2: A New Legacy,” which is due out in July.

These latest figures will increase James’ career earnings total to $1 billion. He joins other athletes like Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, all of whom reached the $1-billion mark while still active in their respective sports.

Stephen Curry was the second-highest-earning NBA player for 2021 with an estimated $74.4 million, followed by Kevin Durant with $65.2 million.

Here’s the full list:

Rank Player Total Earnings Salary Endorsements
1. LeBron James $95.4M $31.4M $64M
2. Stephen Curry $74.4M $34.4M $40M
3. Kevin Durant $65.2M $31.2M $34M
4. Russell Westbrook $58.1M $33M $25M
5. James Harden $50M $33M $17M
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo $49M $22M $27M
7. Klay Thompson $43.3M $28.3M $15M
8. Kyrie Irving $43M $26M $17M
9. Chris Paul $40.1M $33.1M $7M
10. Damian Lillard $39M $25M $14M

Latest posts