LeBron James Smashes His Own Earning Record; Becomes the Highest Paid NBA Player for Eighth Straight Season

Published 10/15/2021, 8:22 AM EDT
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has been the face of the NBA for a while now. Ever since he made his debut in the 2003-04 season, the 36-year-old has been a dominant force in the league and has proven himself on both ends of the court.

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Given how dominant he has been, ‘King James’ over the years has been paid handsomely as well. Consistently in the top 10 highest paid players in the league, Bron has deserved every bit of it given his contributions.

Not only that, Bron has built an empire off the court as well. With multiple endorsement deals and many smart investments, James makes up a fortune of his earning through these deals.

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LeBron James the highest paid player for the 2021-22 season

The NBA over the years has seen a significant jump in its average salary and the contracts signed by the superstars in the league. While the likes of Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo are signing mammoth deals, Bron has resorted to shorter contracts.

But this hasn’t meant a decrease in his salary, though. After earning $39,219,566 for the 2020-21 season, LBJ is set to earn a whooping $41.2 million next season. With such a massive salary and his off the court earning worth $70 million, according to Forbes, LeBron is set to earn a mind-boggling $111.2 million.

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This massive earning means that LeBron is undoubtedly the highest paid player in the league for the 2021-22 season. His cumulative earning on and off the court easily trump the league’s earning record in a single year, which LBJ set back in the 2020-21 season, which was a staggering $96.5 million.

Not only that, LeBron is now the best paid player in the NBA for the eighth straight year. Stephen Curry comes a close second as he is set to earn $92.8 million. The major difference between Bron and the other superstars is their off the court earnings. While James will earn an estimated $70 million, the likes of Curry and Kevin Durant make $47 million on average off the court.

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This only shows the empire LBJ has built over the years, which is only growing day by day. With smart investments and multiple endorsement deals, Bron has truly set himself up for the future. Given that he is the only active player to have earned $1 billion, it won’t be a surprise if Bron breaks the record yet again in the 2022-23 season.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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