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Russell Westbrook lands at No. 12 on Forbes Top 100 highest-paid athletes

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Westbrook finished fourth among NBA stars in Forbes annual list of top-earning athletes

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The fine folks over at Forbes issued their annual list of top 100 highest paid athletes this week, spotting UCLA’s very own Russell Westbrook at No. 12 overall. Westbrook, who played for UCLA from 2006-2008, reportedly earned $56M over the past 365 days.

Westbrook’s earnings come from $29M worth of his salary and bonuses and another whopping $27M in endorsements.

He was traded to the Houston Rockets a year ago, after spending the first 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Heading over with him was the five-year extension he signed with the Thunder back in 2017 that was worth a total of $207M, the NBA’s largest contract ever.

He’s a nine-time all-star, a member of Nike’s Jordan brand and got his first ever signature shoe in 2018. Westbrook also has led the NBA in scoring two times and won the MVP back in 2017 as he’s the only NBA player ever to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons.

There’s also an Olympic Gold medal in his trophy case and he owns five separate car dealerships in the Los Angeles area that add millions to his bank accounts each year, reportedly.

Westbrook also has a big-time sponsorship with True Religion Apparel.

He was the fourth member of the NBA represented on the list of top 100 athletes by Forbes as the National Basketball Association placed more athletes than any other major sport association did.

He found himself just behind Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (5th — $88.2M), Golden State Warriors G Stephen Curry (6th — $74.4M) and Brooklyn Nets F Kevin Durant (7th — $63.9M).

The full list of top 100 highest-paid athletes is here.