LeBron James becomes the money king in NBA history

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Hot on the heels of the basketball movie ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ grossing $31 million on its opening day, the movie’s lead actor and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is hitting another milestone in his career.

LeBron James is the highest paid player in the NBA in 2020 (Source: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/lebron-james-all-time-rank-points-assists-steals/1i02a5ltgqrdk18z0dv6ukwybu)

On January 29, 2021, the prestigious Forbes magazine announced the list of basketball players with the highest earnings in the calendar year 2020. It is no surprise that the name of LeBron James was called at the top. number one with earnings of up to $95.4 million, of which $31.4 million comes from Los Angeles Lakers salaries and the remaining $64 million comes from endorsement deals and sponsorships.

This is the 7th year in a row that the Ohio-born superstar has topped this Forbes list. According to this magazine, LeBron James will likely reach $1 billion in total career income in 2021. Not only possessing the ability to play basketball in the NBA right now, but LeBron James also claims the throne on the aspect of winning basketball ‘money. Like on-court accomplishments, the person LeBron James is aiming to compare to in terms of asset volume is likely Michael Jordan.

Even more remarkable when LeBron James’ salary is currently only 6th in the NBA. But the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t LeBron James’ only “goldmine.” Most of the money the defending champion earns comes from lucrative agency deals such as AT&T, Beats, Nike, Walmart, Rimowa, GMC as well as Blaze Pizza. In 2021, the list of brands represented by LeBron will be expanded with the name of PepsiCo.

LeBron James in an advertising campaign for Blaze Pizza (Source: https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/lebron-james-blaze-pizza-delivery)

Not only by taking the top spot, but LeBron James also asserted his superiority by creating a huge gap of up to $21 million over Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who earned $74.4 million in 2021.

The following names are Kevin Durant (65.2 million), Russell Westbrook (58.1 million), James Harden (50 million), Giannis Antetokounmpo (49 million), Klay Thompson (43.3 million), Kyrie Irving (43 million ), Chris Paul (40.1 million) and Damian Lillard (39 million).

The gap between LeBron James and Stephen Curry is 21 million USD (Source: https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/steph-curry-playing-lebron-james-im-good-right-now)
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