Basketball has been a sport that can boost a player’s fame and wealth alike. The National Basketball Association (NBA), apart from being a platform for competitive Basketball, has also been a huge source of income for players. The overall net worth of a few players participating in NBA has risen to some unimaginable numbers, not only due to their earnings on court, but also the brand that they have become out of it.
The brand value for the names like Michael Jordan needs no new mention. Players attaining top level in the league are automatically among the most marketable people. And with so many people making millions, it is often wondered who the richest players in NBA might be.
Here is a list of 10 richest NBA players of all time-
16 years into his NBA career, Carmelo Anthony has been a 10-time All Star. Since his second year in NBA in 2004, Anthony has led the Denver Nuggets to play-offs to every season until 2010, and they also won two NBA Championships. After the 2018-19 season, he became a free agent. He is yet to retire from Basketball and over the 16 years so far, he has accumulated a net worth of around $ 120 million.
Kevin Garnett, played 21 full seasons with the NBA. He led the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals in 2004. He was named to 15 All-Star Games during his career. Garnett holds several records for the Timberwolves franchise. He retired in 2016, leaving behind a great legacy and a net worth of $120 million.
A five-time NBA Champion, a three-time Finals MVP, and is a 15-time NBA All-Star, Tim Duncan is considered to be one of the greatest power forwards in the history of NBA. In his first 13 seasons in NBA, he was selected to both the All-Defensive Teams and the All-NBA, and is the only player to do so. He played 19 seasons in NBA- all for San Antonio Spurs and has a net worth of $ 130 million.
Nicknamed as “The Dream” for his effortless dunking ability, Hakeem Olajuwon has been inducted into two Halls of Fame- the FIBA Hall of Fame, in 2016, and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. A Nigerian-American, Olajuwon played 18 years in NBA and left with a net worth of $ 200 million.
After graduating from Duke as a two-time NCAA All-American and a two-time NCAA champion, Grant Hill started his NBA career with Detroit Pistons in 1994 and ended with Los Angeles Clippers in 2013 after stints at Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. During his 19 years, his net worth has rose to $ 250 million.
Shaquille O’Neal or more commonly referred as Shaq has the seventh most number of points scored, fifth most number of baskets among many other records. he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat over his 19 year career. He is one of only three players to have ever made NBA MVP. Lakers and Heat retired his jersey number (34 & 32). With numerous endorsements, Shaq has a net worth of $400 million to his name.
LeBron James is currently among the most marketable athletes in the world, with his net worth still on the rise. With major brands like Nike, Beats, Coca Cola endorsed by him, his net worth is around $ 480 million and could cross Kobe Bryant in the near future. He currently has three NBA championships and four MVPs to his name, with still a few years of career to go.
An 18-time All-Star, Kobe Bryant ranks third in the NBA’s ranking for high scores in a regular season and holds the record for the most seasons to ever be played with one franchise- Los Angeles Lakers. He played from 1996 to 2016, he won five NBA Championships with the Lakers. Often regarded as one of the best NBA players of all-time, his Basketball combined with his market value earned him an overall net worth of $ 500 million.
Magic Johnson has three NBA MVP awards and five championships to his name. Starting in 1979, he played his entire career for the Lakers and he also returned to the franchise as a coach after retirement. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Apart from being a Basketball star, Johnson is also a businessman and has had many business ventures that have contributed to his net worth of $ 600 million.
The biography of Michael Jordan on the official NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” He is not just a one of the best and most effectively marketed athletes but also a pioneer who was influential in spreading NBA across the world. The numbers speak volumes for how marketable Jordan was. His $ 1.9 billion net worth is comfortably above the rest. Having retired in 2003, the Michael Jordan range of sneakers continues to add to his net worth till date.
(All the net worth values are as per the estimates of Celebrity Net worth)