The highest-paid NBA players in 2022

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Sportico recently published the top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2022 and – lo and behold – LeBron James is the king ahead of the three soccer superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

James earned almost three times more than his current salary with the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to his many endorsement deals. No other athlete got paid more through sponsors and brand endorsements than James.

King James is not alone at the top as far as NBA players go, however, as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden made it to the Top 10, too.

Check out below the NBA players on that list.

LeBron James: $122 million

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $72M
Endorsements: $50M
Overall rank: 1st

Stephen Curry: $86.2 million

Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $41.2M
Endorsements: $45M
Overall rank: 6th

Kevin Durant: $85.9 million

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $37.9M
Endorsements: $48M
Overall rank: 7th

James Harden: $76 million

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $40M
Endorsements: $36M
Overall rank: 9th

Giannis Antetokounmpo: $71.9 million

Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $35.9M
Endorsements: $36M
Overall rank: 12th

Russell Westbrook: $69.8 million

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $39.8M
Endorsements: $30M
Overall rank: 13th

Klay Thompson: $54.2 million

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $34.2M
Endorsements: $20M
Overall rank: 18th

Damian Lillard: $51.4 million

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $35.4M
Endorsements: $16M
Overall rank: 23rd

Kyrie Irving: $44.9 million

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $31.9M
Endorsements: $13M
Overall rank: 28th

Paul George: $44 million

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $35.5M
Endorsements: $8.5M
Overall rank: 29th

Anthony Davis: $41.8 million

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $31.8M
Endorsements: $10M
Overall rank: 32nd

Kawhi Leonard: $41 million

Kawhi Leonard handling the ball
Kawhi Leonard handling the ball

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $35.5M
Endorsements: $5.5M
Overall rank: 33rd

Jimmy Butler: $40.5 million

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $32.5M
Endorsements: $8M
Overall rank: 36th

John Wall: $40.4 million

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $39.9M
Endorsements: $500K
Overall rank: 37th

Chris Paul: $35.8 million

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $27.8M
Endorsements: $8M
Overall rank: 50th

Devin Booker: $35.5 million

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.5M
Endorsements: $7M
Overall rank: 51st

Joel Embiid: $34.5 million

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.5M
Endorsements: $6M
Overall rank: 55th

Bradley Beal: $34.3 million

Bradley Beal celebrates after a play
Bradley Beal celebrates after a play

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $30.3M
Endorsements: $4M
Overall rank: 56th

Tobias Harris: $34 million

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $32.5M
Endorsements: $1.5M
Overall rank: 60th

Khris Middleton: $33.8 million

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $32.3M
Endorsements: $1.5M
Overall rank: 63rd

D'Angelo Russell: $33 million

David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $27M
Endorsements: $6M
Overall rank: 69th

Rudy Gobert: $33 million

Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $32M
Endorsements: $1M
Overall rank: 69th

Blake Griffin: $32.7 million

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $29.2M
Endorsements: $3.5M
Overall rank: 73rd

Donovan Mitchell: $32.5 million

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $25.5M
Endorsements: $7M
Overall rank: 75th

Kristaps Porzingis: $32.5 million

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.5M
Endorsements: $4M
Overall rank: 75th

Jrue Holiday: $31.7 million

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $29.7M
Endorsements: $2M
Overall rank: 79th

CJ McCollum: $31.6 million

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $27.8M
Endorsements: $3.8M
Overall rank: 80th

Karl-Anthony Towns: $31.5 million

Christine Tannous-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.5M
Endorsements: $3M
Overall rank: 82nd

Kevin Love: $31.1 million

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.1M
Endorsements: $3M
Overall rank: 87th

Pascal Siakam: $30.7 million

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $29.7M
Endorsements: $1M
Overall rank: 89th

Jayson Tatum: $30.3 million

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $25.3M
Endorsements: $5M
Overall rank: 92nd

Jamal Murray: $30.1 million

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $26.6M
Endorsements: $3.5M
Overall rank: 96th

Brandon Ingram: $30 million

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $26.5M
Endorsements: $3.5M
Overall rank: 97th

Gordon Hayward: $29.9 million

Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $26.9M
Endorsements: $3M
Overall rank: 98th

Nikola Jokic: $29.9 million

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $27.9M
Endorsements: $2M
Overall rank: 98th

Andrew Wiggins: $29.6 million

Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports

Salary: $28.4M
Endorsements: $1.2M
Overall rank: 100th

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