NBA Playoffs are, currently, the most important sports league worldwide. Here are what some of the biggest names have earned throughout their career.
The NBA is arguably the best basketball league in the world and its fan base keeps growing year after year. This, of course, is the reason why some players became millionaires. Here is a list of 5 of the richest NBA players of all time.
5- Shaquille O’Neal - $400 million
Shaq took over the league, as soon as he played his rookie year, winning the Rookie of the Year honors. During his time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, he won three straight NBA championships, for which he was also declared the finals MVP in all those three. He then moved on to the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. His last championship was with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Besides playing, he also made quite a profit from brand endorsements (Icy Hot, Vitamin Water, Burger King, Kraft Foods, to name a few.) His average NBA annual salary was $27.7 million.
4- LeBron James - $450 million
LeBron is the best active player in the world and, as such, he is also the highest-paid. He has achieved a lot throughout his career, including the Rookie of the Year trophy, 4 league MVPs, 16 All-Star game appearances, and a scoring title. But not only that, but he also mastered the endorsement game, signing deals with brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, Beats by Dre, Blaze Pizza. He is also a stakeholder of Liverpool F.C. His average NBA annual salary is $37.44 million
3- Kobe Bryant - $600 million
His death shook the world earlier this year. He will always be remembered as a hardworking player who managed to succeed in the highest level of the NBA. Among his achievements, there are two NBA scoring titles, a league MVP trophy, and 18 All-Star game appearances. He also had signed deals with brands like Adidas, McDonald’s, Sprite, Nintendo, and Turkish Airlines. His average NBA annual salary was $25 million.
2- Magic Johnson - $600 million
Magic Johnson is probably the player that paved the way for many others to become millionaires. He is a former Lakers star and he remains to be one of the biggest names in the history of basketball. He is also the player that earned the most lucrative sports contract back in the day: a 25-year $25 million contract. His average NBA annual salary was, however, $1 million.
1- Michael Jordan - $1.6 billion
Of course, he is on top of our list. He is a great case as the greatest player in the history of the NBA. He led the Chicago Bulls to two three-peat championships. But not only that, he was also declared the Finals MVP for all six games! He is retired now, but he is still very much involved with the NBA world, as he is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. His average NBA annual salary was $4 million.