By Walton Yeboah-Amoako @WaltYeboah on July 30, 2014
According to the Forbes' list for 2014 NBA athletes, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have pulled in the most money in endorsements. James made $ 42 million and Bryant made $ 34 million. The next closest player was Derrick Rose at a distant third with $ 21 million. However, who has the most endorsements in terms of number of deals in the NBA?
Dwight Howard is known to have a total of five deals. He has endorsements with Adidas, McDonald’s, Gatorade, EA Sports and T-Mobile.
Amar'e Stoudemire is also known to have five deals. His endorsers are Nike, Scholastic Press, ESPN, ZICO Water and Foot Locker.
Derrick Rose comes in next with eight deals. This young superstar has deals with Adidas, Powerade, 2K Sports, Skullcandy, Wilson Sporting Goods, Force Factor, a Chicago Nissan dealership and a Chicago-based Giordano's Pizzeria.
The Black Mamba only finished second to LeBron James in terms of overall endorsement revenue. He has eight deals with the likes of Turkish Air, Lenovo, Nubeo, Nike, Panini, Smart Car, Coca-Cola (through Vitamin Water) and various video games.
Blake Griffin has had a lot of success on the court, and he's doing well off the court as well. Griffin has nine deals with brands like Kia Motors, Subway, Vizio, Panini America, Nike (through Jordan Brand), Red Bull, Gamefly, Foot Locker and 2K Sports.
Chris Paul is the basketball player, but his alter ego "Cliff Paul" seems to have State Farm Insurance and many other deals in the bag. Paul has 10 deals with companies like Nike (through Jordan Brand), Avon, Foot Locker, Kaiser Permanente, Steiner Sports, Powerade, Upper Deck, Right Gurad, State Farm and Jeep.
NBA MVP Kevin Durant is getting more popular by the day which has allowed him to cash in big. Durant has 10 deals with industry giants like Nike, Foot Locker, Sprint, BBVA, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric, 2K Sports, Skullcandy and Kind snacks.
Call me "3" Dwyane Wade is just simply a businessman. Wade has 11 deals that consist of sponsors like Gatorade, Lincoln, Staples, Sean John, T-Mobile, Topps, Li-Ning, The Tie Bar, Hublot, McDavid and Mission Skincare.
King James is dominating the NBA world, so it's no surprise that LeBron has a whopping total of 11 deals with the likes of Coca-Cola, Nike, Upper Deck, Samsung, Audemars Piguet, Dunkin’ Brands, Nike, McDonald’s, State Farm, Powerade and 2K Sports.
New York's finest surprisingly comes in at No.1. Carmelo Anthony said that he was not about the money, but he's picked up 15 sponsors. He's trying to make a splash next to the likes of LeBron and Kobe. Melo has deals with Nike's Jordan Brand, Foot Locker, IWC, Steiner Sports, Mission, Samsung, PowerCoco, Haute Watches, Jeep, SMS Audio, Isotonix, Delta, Degree deodorant, Locker Room and Starwood. However, Melo is only making $ 9 million in all.
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