Top NBA endorsers list includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose

Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against Western Conference forward Kevin Love (42) of the Minnesota Timberwolves Western Conference forward Kevin Durant (35) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Western Conference forward Blake Griffin (32) of the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Gerald Herbert/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

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.

According to Forbes (via ESPN), LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade are the top five highest endorsement owners in the NBA for the 2013 year.

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.

Topics: Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Rose 21 mil on just his shoe contract wow when he comes back and becomes himself on the court that endorsement money will double

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