Steven Adams (24) has broken into Forbes annual list of the world's top-100 highest-paid athletes.
On the back of his four-year, circa $US100 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the magazine puts the Kiwi NBA star's annual earnings at $US23.5m, including $US1m from endorsements.
The previous year, the 2.16m basketballer earned a paltry $US3.1m.
Adams is the only New Zealander on the top 100 list.
Up-and-comers including rising English Premier League star Chris Wood, Formula One's Brendon Hartley and golf's Lydia Ko are all below the $US22.9m threshold.
Read more about high-earning New Zealand sports people in Eric Young's Who would rate on a Kiwi sport Rich List?
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