Billionaire LeBron James Set to Overshadow Stephen Curry and Tom Brady by Over 20% with Massive Milestone for 9th Straight Season

Published 10/14/2022, 1:01 PM EDT

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LeBron James continues to craft himself a phenomenal success story, both on and off the court. “The King” has been living up to his moniker in life. This upcoming season, the 37-year-old will step into his 20th NBA season. However, after all these years, James still continues to map uncharted waters.

In June, James added to his diverse portfolio by reaching the billionaire milestone. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Lakers star is the first active NBA player to accomplish that feat. Additionally, as James embarks on another incredible journey in the upcoming NBA season, his paychecks along the way will set another milestone.


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James has been topping the basketball’s earnings ranking for the past couple of years. And this year will be no different. For the ninth straight year, he sits atop the Forbes Highest-Paid NBA Players list. His pretax earnings will total $124.5 million, making him the highest-paid NBA player ever, eclipsing the estimated $121.2 million he earned in the last fiscal year that ended in May.

Interestingly, in the course of hitting yet another milestone, James’ earnings will outweigh those of numerous other athletes, including Stephen Curry and Tom Brady.

LeBron James’ paychecks will overshadow those of Stephen Curry and Tom Brady

LeBron James is in a league of his own when it comes to basketball players making money. In fact, his earnings this fiscal year will overshadow that of the second-highest-paid NBA player, Stephen Curry.

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Stephen Curry is slated to earn the most money on the floor, at $48.1 million. When off-court earnings are included, Curry’s earnings will reach $95.1 million. Meaning, James will be topping the Highest-Paid NBA Players list by over 20 percent.

That isn’t to suggest that Curry himself hasn’t been breaking new grounds. The Golden State Warriors star spearheaded his squad to the NBA championship last season on his way to becoming the Finals MVP. Curry has amassed a fortune as a byproduct of his wizardry on the floor and endeavors off the court.

When James’ earnings are compared to one of the greatest NFL players ever to take the field, Tom Brady, it highlights the huge strides the Lakers superstar has been making.

For the first time since Forbes began releasing a ranking of the NFL’s highest-paid players in 2010, Brady topped this year’s list. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback bumped his total earnings to $75 million pre-taxes and agents’ fees.


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Brady boasts an unparalleled resume and continues to add to it at the age of 45. However, this certainly brings LeBron James’ supremacy in that department into the limelight.


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Ritvik Malhotra


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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.
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