- AffiliationLos Angeles Lakers (NBA)
- Last Year's Rank4
- Total Earnings$50,453,805
Coach Kobe (as he is jokingly called thanks to his vocal opinions on the court and on Twitter) only played six games this past season, but earned the league’s highest salary. He signed a two-year extension with the Lakers last year, and though he has not made it official, most expect him to retire when the deal is up. Whether or not he’s about to leave the game, he’s still backed by sponsors like Nike, Turkish Airlines and Lenovo.