How Much Do NBA Athletes Get Paid By Sneaker Brands?

March 27th, 2014 by | 60 comments


lebron james kevin durant How Much Do NBA Athletes Get Paid By Sneaker Brands?

It’s a signature shoe world, isn’t it? It’s become almost necessary for a brand to have that headlining athlete in order to establish a category, and in this era when LeBrons, KDs, and Kobes dominate the wish-lists, brands have had to up the ante in order to keep these guys around. What makes the case further is that brands are relying on bringing back older models to boost sales (Kobe Prelude Pack, Jordan Melo 1.5, and it’s definitely not stopping there). We already know of the long-term contracts signed by these guys, but did you ever wonder about the actual numbers behind these deals?

Here we have a collection of some of the highest paid signature athletes in the NBA based on this Forbes article. There are the obvious names in here, considering there aren’t much more than ten signature athletes actively balling the league, but there are some surprises in here for sure. Most importantly, this order is bound to change, with guys like KD pulling in massive numbers and other fellows struggling in that aspect. Check out this list below, and let us know which name and figure surprises you the most.





59 comments
usedtobetony
usedtobetony

Oh and then you wrote both CP3 and Melo are the longest tenured Jordan athlete 

usedtobetony
usedtobetony

Russ and Blake were literally right before STAT and you write, "everyone named in this exclusive group has a signature shoe to boast"

Christopher Gregory
Christopher Gregory

Nike actually made that...lebron got his check before they even came out!

Brian Six Pahler
Brian Six Pahler

Cant be off the 11's cause them shits trash...just peep difference btwn sales of 10's to new ones..you dont see nobody wearing them shits is beat..need air bubble on them

Janos Skorzeny
Janos Skorzeny

Even though this shoe is the ugliest shoe ive ever seen I aint even mad at dudes sales. Get it

Serg Fonseca
Serg Fonseca

And Lebron didn't get $42 million his shoe line made $42. he had a one time deal of $90. And his own line

Serg Fonseca
Serg Fonseca

Made more than Jordan when his joints came out.

Chris Fry
Chris Fry

MJ..3 rings retired two years came back and won 3 more.. he would of had 8.. LeBron ain't shit.

MB DQ
MB DQ

Brinson Gibson Christopher Lariosa

Benji Huerta
Benji Huerta

Fuck lebum & all his dick riding ass fake bandwagon fans

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

My one pair of Lebron shoes will outlast all my jordan retros. Better quality them motherfucking shoes will not crease.

Lawrence Duran
Lawrence Duran

$ 42 Million dollars richer than all of his haters.

Mistah Williams
Mistah Williams

Dam niggaz be hatin like a mutha fucka! Does that make you feel better about your pathetic never get pussy life's? Make you feel like a big man? Lmao....

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

I like jordans but at least Lebron shoes have way better quality.

Armando Hernandez
Armando Hernandez

Nike made 300 milions whit lebron shoes in 2013 and pay to lebron 42 million of that 300 milion...

Cuong Duong
Cuong Duong

cause they retail for $200. Not to mention the elite 11 will cost $275.

pewzy
pewzy

Is that $42 mill, A year?

kshaun12
kshaun12

And KD should def ask for that PAY UP when the contract ends...14 million a yr? but 175 mil in sales???? 

kshaun12
kshaun12

damn this nigga LBJ is eating.....sheshhh

_DeLi_
_DeLi_

How Much Do NBA Athletes Get Paid By Sneaker Brands? We don't know, so let's just write some stuff about each athlete...boring.

NotQuiteHuman
NotQuiteHuman

Lol they said Dwight Howard was the best center in the NBA when its obviously Joakim Noah


Dj Reality
Dj Reality

Lol, Lebron sells more because he is the most popular player in the game, not because his shoes are the most expensive.  KD shoes didn't start moving until Nike started including him in their "major player" marketing.  KD didn't start getting love until his Christmas KD 3, and those weren't even that good.  But when that KD 4 came out with the weatherman and nerf, KDs took off. 

bodaga
bodaga

Not true at all. Kd shoes used to $90 and never sold the most. Kobe shoes use to sell the most but championship sells its common sense. Know your facts

youstinky
youstinky

lebron has the highest sales because he has one of the most expensive damn shoes out there....and people are hypebeasts

219toChi
219toChi

Spoken like a true hater

219toChi
219toChi

Wow. U truely know nothing about basketball. Lebron is way ahead of the curve when speaking of the LEGEND of MJ. It's not a secret. Read.

219toChi
219toChi

I can guarantee you wouldn't say that if you weren't behind a keyboard

219toChi
219toChi

Post your collection then big mouth

SuperSeals
SuperSeals

@kshaun12  that means we would pay more too....they can jack up the price easily if they want to pay KD more

johnbeejkim
johnbeejkim

@Dj Reality  That much is obvous. The KD line wasn't anything until the 4. It's just amazing that his Nike merchandise sales went from 35 million to 175 million in one year!

bodaga
bodaga

I agree. Ld shoes are horrible. I have the 4's. Thats the only Kd shoe thats good to me. The 5's were Ass the 6 is Ass also

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

They don't need to jack up prices to pay athletes. They get revenue frum everywhere. No need to dig in our pockets to pay them millions. Epsc all da money they get frum da NFL & soccer clubs throughout da world

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