Former Texas Longhorn Durant comes in as the 31st highest paid athlete, grossing a reported $20,053,663 this past year. That is based off a salary of $6,053,663 from the Oklahoma City Thunder and endorsement deals worth $14M.
Pierce, the 27th ranked Fortunate 50 last season, sneaks onto the list this year at 49 with total earnings of $15,676,321. The former Kansas Jayhawks' income stemmed from a contract with Boston Celtics valued at $13,876,321 and $1.8M in endorsements.
Of the 50, 19 are NBA players, 17 baseball players, eight NFL players, three NASCAR drivers and three golfers.
Trust me when I say that I wouldn't mind being any of the 50 on the list, or any subsequent list thereafter...