Three OKC Thunder players land on Forbes 100 highest paid athletes list

OKC Thunder Steven Adams, Russell Westbrook and Paul George. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKC Thunder Steven Adams, Russell Westbrook and Paul George. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The 2019 Forbes 100 highest paid athletes list finds OKC Thunder players Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams making the cut.

Three OKC Thunder players make Forbes list:

Forbes release of their top 100 list of highest paid athletes finds three OKC Thunder players making the cut. None broke into the top ten although three NBA athletes made the cut: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and former Thunder player Kevin Durant.

The trio of OKC Thunder players who made the list are Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams. Westbrook ranks fourth among the NBA stars on the list. Westbrook’s earnings are $53.7 million of which $18M come from endorsements. George earns $38.6M with
$8M from endorsements and Adams earns $27.2M with $3M from endorsements.

In all 35 of the top 100 on the list are NBA players. The other 29 players on the list offer some interesting inclusions and some seem ill placed. The following is the full NBA list of players with their placement in the bracket following their names.

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LeBron James (8)

Stephen Curry (9)

Kevin Durant (10)

Russell Westbrook (16)

  • James Harden (20)
  • Chris Paul (24)
  • Kyrie Irving (25)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (26)
  • Damian Lillard (29)
  • Blake Griffin (31)
  • Paul George (33)

  • Anthony Davis (39)
  • Gordon Hayward (40)
  • Klay Thompson (41)
  • Carmelo Anthony (42)
  • Kyle Lowry (43)
  • DeMar DeRozan (45)
  • Joel Embiid (48) PHI
  • Al Horford (49)
  • Mike Conley (51)
  • Paul Millsap (59)
  • CJ McCollum (68)
  • Kawhi Leonard (70)
  • Kevin Love (71)
  • Dwight Howard (74)
  • Jrue Holiday (76)
  • Steven Adams (78)

  • Bradley Beal (79)
  • Otto Porter Jr. (85)
  • Andre Drummond (87)
  • Harrison Barnes (88)
  • Nikola Jokic (tied 89)
  • Hassan Whiteside (tied 89)
  • Andrew Wiggins (91)
  • Marc Gasol (98)
  • The teams with the most players on the list are the Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, and Warriors with three each. Other teams with multiple members on the list are the Pistons, Blazers, Pelicans, and Nuggets

    The very top of the list is occupied by three soccer players (or football depending on how you refer to the sport) along with nine others or 12 in total. The remaining breakdown is 19 football players, 15 baseball players, five each from golf, boxing and tennis, two from auto racing as well as a single representative from Mixed Martial Arts, and cricket.

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    In a statement regarding the inequity of pay for men and women, only one female (Serena Williams) lands in the top 100. The top ranked athlete Lionel Messi earns $127 million and the 100th name on the list Virat Kohli earns $25 million.