A few days ago we brought you the top selling NBA player shoes and it today we bring you the top endorsement earners.
Shockingly, the two don’t differentiate that much.
James took top honors at $42 million while Kobe Bryant came in second at $34 million.
Per Forbes, top 5 NBA endorsement earners in 2013: LeBron $42M; Kobe $34M, Rose $21M, Durant $14M, Wade $12M
A few players you often see on television selling products (say like Blake Griffin and Chris Paul) are noticeably absent, though neither have near the type of shoe sales that the previously mentioned players do which likely cost them a spot.
The addition of Rose was a little odd, but most of his endorsements likely stem from his contract with Adidas.
Expect Durant to move up next season as he’s continually been rising financially during the past two seasons as he’s become more popular.