Making It Rain On Them Hoes: Sports Illustrated Has Released A List Of The Top 50 Highest Paid American Athletes! The Notable Mentions [Pics]

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Yesterday, we brought you the top 15 highest-earning American athletes, but there are still a few of our favorite ballers worth mentioning.

Sports Illustrated Top 50 Highest Paid American Athletes Honorable Mentions

This year’s list is unique for a couple more reasons. NBA players, who have historically claimed more spots in the Fortunate 50 than any other group, had their salaries slashed by nearly 20 percent this season because of the 66-game schedule brought on by the lockout of 2011.

Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players’ associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2012 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (July 1 for the NFL, which is why Drew Brees, who just signed a $100 million deal last Friday, isn’t on the list). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, golf, tennis), we used the 2011 calendar year. Boxing purses are from June 2011 through May 2012. Candidates for the U.S. 50 had to be American citizens and currently active in their sports.

It’s not as those athletes that didn’t make the top 15 are hurtin’ for a buck.

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Hit the flip to see if/where your favorite athlete might land on the list.

#16 Dwyane Wade

Salary: $12,638,500
Endorsements: $12,000,000

Total: $24,638,500

#19 Derrick Rose

Salary: $5,621,880
Endorsements: $18,230,770

Total: $23,852,650

#20 CC Sabathia

Salary: $23,000,000
Endorsements: $800,000

Total: $23,800,000

#22 Prince Fielder

Salary: $23,000,000
Endorsements: $250,000

Total: $23,250,000

#23 Calvin Johnson

Salary: $21,750,000
Endorsements: $1,000,000

Total: $22,750,000

#24 Amare Stoudemire

Salary: $14,665,250
Endorsements: $8,000,000

Total: $22,665,250

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    #26 Tom Brady

    Salary: $12,250,000
    Endorsements: $10,000,000

    Total: $22,250,000

    #27 Kevin Garnett

    Salary: $17,103,870
    Endorsements: $5,000,000

    Total: $22,103,870

    #31 Eli Manning

    Salary: $11,750,000
    Endorsments: $10,000,000

    Total: $21,750,000

    #32 Ryan Howard

    Salary: $20,000,000
    Endorsements: $1,500,000

    Total: $21,500,000

    #34 Tim Duncan

    Salary: $17,146,500
    Endorsements: $3,500,000


    #40 Chris Paul

    Salary: $13,169,643
    Endorsements: $6,000,000

    Total: $19,169,643

    #48 Chris Bosh

    Salary: $12,898,112

    Total: $16,898,112

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