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James Harden is the world’s 20th highest-paid athlete

James Harden is the world’s 20th highest-paid athlete, according to a new list released by Forbes.

The 29-year-old guard’s pay is listed at $47.7 million, of which $30.7 million comes from his salary. The remaining $17 million comes from endorsements with BodyArmor, Adidas, Electronic Arts and State Farm.

Here are some other highlights, per Forbes:

In 2017, Harden signed a four-year extension worth $171 million with the Houston Rockets. The contract runs through 2022-23 and will pay him $47 million in its final year.
Adidas signed him to a 13-year deal in 2015 that can be worth as much as $200 million.
Harden is one of the original athletes pitching Art of Sport (AOS), a new body-care brand launched in 2018 by Kobe Bryant.

The reigning 2017-18 MVP is also nominated again for the award this year after leading the league in scoring. Harden is a seven-time NBA All-Star and has earned All-NBA Team honors six times, including five times to the first team. This past season, he was a unanimous pick to the first team for the third straight season.

Other on-the-court accolades from 2018-19 include:

Becoming the ninth player in NBA history to make 2,000 3-pointers in their career.
Becoming the third person in NBA history to record 2,700+ points and 500+ assists in a single season.
Tying Kobe for the most 30-point games in one season for any NBA player in the past 30 years (56 games).
Becoming the second player in NBA history (Michael Jordan, 1989–90) to record 2,700 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds in one season.
Joining MJ as the only player to average at least 30 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in one season.

Joining Harden on the list is teammate Chris Paul, who ranks 24th with $43.8 million in earnings. Paul has sponsorships with Spalding, Panini, Nike, State Farm and Walt Disney,

The 34-year-old was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to Houston in 2017 and signed a four-year, $160 million extension a year later.

There are a handful of other NBA players on the Forbes list ahead of Harden and Paul, as expected. LeBron James is 8th ($89 million), Stephen Cury is 9th ($79.8 million) and Kevin Durant is 10th ($65.4 million).

Harden’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook is 16th with $53.7 million in earnings.

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