1. Kobe Bryant
Estimated net worth: $290 million
The 36-year-old is the NBA’s highest-paid player with an annual salary of $23.5 million this season, according to Wealth-X’s report. Another $31 million of his wealth comes from endorsement deals, and that was enough to take the top spot from King James.
2. LeBron James
Estimated net worth: $280 million
The 30-year-old is the NBA’s second-highest earner (at just over $20.6 million* a year), but he’s the proud owner of the league’s most lucrative collection of endorsement deals, netting him an extra $70 million, according to Wealth-X. In 2013, sales of his signature Nike shoes topped $300 million, according to Forbes.
3. Kevin Garnett
Estimated net worth: $240 million
Garnett only nets $12 million* in annual salary, with Forbes reporting a kicker of $3 million in endorsements on the side. The 38-year-old’s massive valuation likely comes a result of playing in the NBA for more than half his life—19 years is plenty of time to accrue that much wealth.
4. Dwyane Wade
Estimated net worth: $160 million
Wade’s $15 million annual salary* is just a few million more than Forbes says he earns in endorsements ($11 million). He recently scored stakes in Li-Ning, a Chinese athletic apparel company, further boosting his earnings.
5. Tim Duncan
Estimated net worth: $150 million
The San Antonio Spurs’ frontman earns a comparatively paltry sum of $10 million a year*, ranking him 60th in top NBA salaries. Duncan also earned $2 million from endorsement contracts, according to Forbes.
*According to BasketballReference.com, 2014-15 season
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