Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, John Wall and Karl-Anthony Towns.
What do they all have in common? Four former Kentucky Wildcats, four first-round draft picks, four NBA All-Stars and all four are doing quite well for themselves in The Association. Forbes recently released The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes for 2020. Of the 100 athletes, Davis, Booker, Wall and Towns assisted in representing 35 NBA players on the list.
Towns, the former No. 1 pick in the 2015 Draft, came in at No. 87 on the list. The Minnesota Timberwolves star is set to make $23.5 million this year. Towns made the list ahead of fellow NBA stars Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal.
Booker, Towns’ former teammate and fellow member of the 38-0 Kentucky team, made the list at No. 62. He’ll make $26.6 million this year as the superstar for the Phoenix Suns.
Surpassing into the Top-50 for athletes of course was Davis, now playing the Los Angeles Lakers. Set to make $30.4 million this year, Davis is currently No. 44 and will be even higher on this list next year as he’s set to hit the free agent market this upcoming off-season.
Just two spots ahead of Davis is Wall at No. 42, the highest-paid athlete formerly a Kentucky Wildcat. He’ll make $31.2 million this season, with his salary set to drastically increase over the next three seasons.
With Kawhi Leonard the only player between Davis and Wall, there were also just 12 other NBA players listed ahead of the duo. With De’Aaron Fox, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyler Herro and other former Wildcats playing exceptionally well in their young NBA careers, it’s only a matter of time before some of those names hit this list.
For the complete list of Top-100 athletes, click here.