Top 10 Richest Basketball Players
10. Tim Duncan (Net worth: $130 Million)
Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan was born on 25th April, 1976. He an American retired professional basketball player. He played throughout his career, which about 19 years, for San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is often considered the greatest power forward of all time.
He was first a swimmer. He only started playing basketball when the hurricane Hugo destroyed the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in his home. This actually means that he owes his success to the great hurricane Hugo. He is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. He is also a 15-time NBA All-Star and the only player ever to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams in every one of his first 13 seasons.
9. Gary Payton (Net worth: $130 Million)
Gary Dwayne Payton was born on 23rd July, 1968. He is an American former professional basketball player. He started his career as a point guard. The thing is most famous for is his 13-year tenure with the Seattle Supersonics. He holds many Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals.
He has played with many other teams like Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He was nicknamed “The Glove” for his excellent defensive ability.
Payton is the only point guard to have received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He made most of his money while he was playing with the Supersonics. He also earns a lot through his different endorsement deals.
8. Grant Hill (Net worth: $180 Million)
Grant Henry Hill was born on 5th October, 1972. He is an American retired basketball player. he played four a total of four teams throughout his professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). those four teams are Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.
During his long basketball career, he earned $140 million in the form of salary and roughly $80 million from endorsements.
He was a 7 time NBA All-Star, he scored 17,137 points, pulled down 6,169 rebounds and had 4,252 assists. He was also chosen for USA Olympic basketball team in 1996 and he and his teammates brought a Gold Medal back from Atlanta in that Olympics.
7. Kevin Garnett (Net worth: $190 Million)
Kevin Maurice Garnett was born on 19th May, 1976. He is an American professional basketball player. Kevin plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward and center positions. He also played for Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.
He led the Timberwolves to The Western Conference Finals of the 2003-04 seasons and was voted the MVP of the year. He won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, and NBA All Star Game MVP for 2003.
Kevin Garnett currently earns $12 million per year. He earns another $10 million per year from endorsements.
6. Hakeem Olajuwon (Net worth: $200 Million)
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon was born on 21st January, 1963. He is also known as Akeem Olajuwon. He is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player. He used to play in the center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.
He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. With an amazing height of 7 ft.0 in (2.13 m), Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers in the history of basketball.
He dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it “looked like a dream. From then on he was given the nickname “The Dream” during his basketball career.
Even though he earned most of his fortune during his professional career and through endorsement deals with brands like L.A. Gear and Spalding, his post-NBA venture into real estate proved to be an even greater success. He clearly is a smart businessman.
5. LeBron James (Net worth: $300 Million)
LeBron Raymone James was born on 30th December, 1984. He is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
He won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, an NBA scoring title in 2008, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2004. He has also been selected for 12 NBA All-Star teams, 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams. He is also Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.
Apart from his basketball game, he earns an unbelievable amount of money through his endorsement deals. In 2014, James made $30 million simply from holding one percent of Beats Audio, whose sale to Apple for $3 billion deepened his pockets quite nicely.
4. Shaquille O’Neal (Net worth: $350 Million)
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on 6th March, 1972. He is nicknamed Shaq. Shaquille is an American retired professional basketball player. These days, he works as an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Being 7 ft. 1 in (2.16 m) tall and weighing 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA.
O’Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career. He played for Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
“Shaq” won four NBA Championships. He was named to 15 All-Star Games. With an average of 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, he was considered the best center in basketball history.
Apart from being an amazing basketball player, he is a successful actor, rapper and reality show personality. Even after his retirement, O’Neal brings big bucks with his endorsement deals.
3. Kobe Bryant (Net worth: $270 Million)
Kobe Bean Bryant was born on 23rd August,1978. He is an American retired professional basketball player. Throughout his 20-year career, he played with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers.
Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He ranks third on both the league’s all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career. He is nicknamed “The Black Mamba!”
He earns a large sums of money through his tons of endorsement deals. In 2014 and 2015 alone, Bryant earned $57 million in endorsements and another $56 million in salary from the Lakers. No doubt he is so ridiculously wealthy.
2. Magic Johnson (Net worth: $600 Million)
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. was born on 14th August,1959. He is an American retired professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons.
Johnson made enormous achievements during his career which include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.
Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States Men’s Olympic basketball team which is also popularly known as “The Dream Team”. This team won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars. It was a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games. Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Most of his wealth comes from his post-NBA business ventures. He has partnerships with many different companies like Starbucks and 24 Hour Fitness. Johnson is a superb businessman. He uses his wealth in a variety of investments. Johnson is also part owner of the MLB team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1. Michael Jordan (Net worth: $1.1 Billion)
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on 17th February,1963. He also popularly known by his initials, MJ. Jordan is an American retired professional basketball player.
Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation. In the 1980s and 1990s, he played a vital role in popularizing the NBA around the world.
Michael is a five-time MVP and 10-time scoring champion and had an average of 30.1 points and 6.2 rebounds throughout his career. Jordan is considered one of the best defensive players in basketball. In fact, by many, he is considered the best basketball player in the entire history of basketball.
He is also a businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. He has more endorsement deals with different companies than any other player. These companies include Coca-Cola, Gatorade, Hanes and Wheaties, all of which are humongous brands. He even has his own successful brand of shoes with Nike, the Air Jordan.
There is no doubt that he is the richest basketball player in the world. In fact, he is the first billionaire athlete in NBA history.