Forbes’ list of top-earning NBA players came out this week. There weren’t too many surprises. With his max contract and long list of endorsement deals, Kobe Bryant was at the top of the list. LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade followed right after.
But did you know that the San Antonio Spurs very own Tim Duncan is the 9th biggest earner in the NBA? I wouldn’t have guessed that. Duncan makes a whopping $23.3 million a year.
The 3-time NBA Finals MVP is considered one of the greatest basketball players ever. The 35-year-old’s best days are behind him, but he was still chosen as an All-Star in 2011 for the 13th straight year. Duncan is in the final year of a 2-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Spurs in 2007. He makes about $2 million from endorsements.
I guess those H-E-B commercials must pay pretty well too if he’s making $2 million in endorsements every year. Also, he must have earned a good sized check from the upcoming Super Bowl commercials for Bridgestone Tires.
Timmy D is getting up there in age but when he signed that contract extension he was still a huge part of the Spurs team. Though TD has been playing quite well for San Antonio, I feel it’s about time for him to ride off into the sunset so I’m pretty sure this is the last time he’ll be on this list.
Duncan never struck me as the kind of guy that played the game for money, but I’m sure he’s going to have a very relaxing retirement.