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Steph Curry and Kevin Durant make Forbes’ list of ten highest-paid athletes

SB Nation logo SB Nation 3 days ago Brady Klopfer
Kevin Durant in a yellow shirt © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It was a good fiscal year for the Warriors MVPs.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are two of the best basketball players in the world, and they’re certainly compensated like it. Forbes just dropped their list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, and the pair of Golden State Warriors superstars both cracked the top ten.

Curry came in ninth overall, with $37.8 million in earnings over the last year, and $42 million in endorsements, for a total of $79.8 million. Durant rounded out the top ten with $30.4 million in earnings and $35 million in endorsements, good for $65.4 million.

Those are highly impressive numbers, but certainly deserved for two of the top athletes and the world. Curry and Durant were surpassed by only one basketball player: LeBron James, who took home $89 million over the last year. Here’s the full top ten:

1. Lionel Messi (Soccer): $127 million total

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer): $109 million

3. Neymar (Soccer): $105 million

4. Canelo Alvarez (Boxing): $94 million

5. Roger Federer (Tennis): $93.4 million

6. Russell Wilson (Football): $89.5 million

7. Aaron Rodgers (Football): $89.3 million

8. LeBron James (Basketball): $89 million

9. Stephen Curry (Basketball): $79.8 million

10. Kevin Durant (Basketball): $65.4 million

Klay Thompson also made the list. His $34.3 million ($19.3 million in salary, $15 million in endorsements) was 40th in the world.

In all, there were a whopping 35 NBA players that made the list, including three players who the Warriors are currently facing in the NBA Finals, and one former Warrior. Here’s all of them:

8. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers): $89 million

9. Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors): $79.8 million

10. Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors): $65.4 million

16. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder): $53.7 million

20. James Harden (Houston Rockets): $47.7 million

24. Chris Paul (Houston Rockets): $43.8 million

25. Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics/Free Agent): $43.3 million

26. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks): $43.2 million

29. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers): $41.1 million

31. Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons): $39.1 million

33. Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder): $38.6 million

39. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans): $34.6 million

40. Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors): $34.3 million

40. Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics): $34.3 million

42. Carmelo Anthony (Free Agent): $34 million

43. Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors): $33.8 million

45. DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs): $32.8 million

48. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers): $32.1 million

49. Al Horford (Boston Celtics): $32 million

51. Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies): $31.5 million

59. Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets): $30.1 million

68. C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers): $28.8 million

70. Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors): $28.7 million

71. Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers): $28.4 million

74. Dwight Howard (Washington Wizards): $27.8 million

76. Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans): $27.6 million

78. Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder): $27.2 million

79. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards): $27.1 million

85. Otto Porter Jr. (Chicago Bulls): $26.5 million

87. Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons): $26.4 million

88. Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks): 26.3 million

89. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets): $26.2 million

89. Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat): $26.2 million

91. Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves): $26.1 million

98. Marc Gasol (Toronto Raptors): $25.1 million


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