March 27th, 2014 by John Kim / 59
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.
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Russ and Blake were literally right before STAT and you write, "everyone named in this exclusive group has a signature shoe to boast"
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
And Lebron didn't get $42 million his shoe line made $42. he had a one time deal of $90. And his own line
My one pair of Lebron shoes will outlast all my jordan retros. Better quality them motherfucking shoes will not crease.
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....
And KD should def ask for that PAY UP when the contract ends...14 million a yr? but 175 mil in sales????
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.
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.
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
lebron has the highest sales because he has one of the most expensive damn shoes out there....and people are hypebeasts
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.
@kshaun12 that means we would pay more too....they can jack up the price easily if they want to pay KD more
@_DeLi_ It clearly states how much each player earns
@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!
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
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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