Despite Richest Rookie Contract, Victor Wembanyama’s Annual Spurs Earnings Will Be $5,229,368 Less Than Billionaire LeBron James’ NBA Tax Bill

Published 10/04/2023, 4:01 PM EDT

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Many dream of making it to the NBA, and making it big. At just 19 years old, French basketball player Victor Wembanyama was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. The French player was selected first overall during the 2023 NBA draft in June. The contract was for four years and a little over $54 million, making it the highest rookie contract in this year’s draft.

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Spurs’ No.1 pick this year, Victor is a basketball prodigy, has a towering 7’3” frame, and is ready to set fire to the court with his young talent and skills. The young blood is yet to make endorsement deals and other sources of income, which will only depend on his performance on the court.

LeBron’s Tax NBA tax bill is still higher than Victor’s Annual earnings

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Despite hitting this rookie jackpot, it is astonishing to know the fact that when compared to NBA legend and one of the highest-paid player James, Victor’s earning still falls short. His annual earnings will still be $5,229,368 less than Bron’s NBA Tax Bill. This puts things into perspective regarding the pay disparity between rookies and veterans.

How Much Will Victor Wembanyama Earn During His Rookie NBA Season at San Antonio Spurs?

King James has been in the game for a long time and is considered one of the best; he has enjoyed hefty endorsement deals, business endeavors, and, of course, whopping NBA salaries throughout the years. Despite earning lucrative sums, NBA players are known to pay high amounts of tax bills; even LeBron is not exempt from this.

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Victor Wembanyama vs LeBron James

James’ first contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 for four years was set at $18.7 million, which was later extended. He has enjoyed a successful career spanning many decades. Bron’s retirement is just looming in the corners; we can only hope that Victor will be the next star to push the game forward. If he lives up to the hype, he may very well be the next big name in the NBA.

Victor is deemed a promising player, and with his towering frame as an asset, there is no telling what the Frenchman can bring to the game of basketball. Fans believe that he might even revolutionize the game; just as the King Bron himself did.

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If he continues to perform well, the future does not look so dim for Victor; with what Bron has achieved throughout his career, Victor’s rookie contract doesn’t seem so bad. What are your thoughts on this rookie? Does the future look bright for this young star? Comment down below.

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Tsuktibenla T Jamir

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Tsuktibenla T Jamir is an NBA author at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Masters in Journalism from the prestigious Delhi School of Journalism, this Nagaland native combines her academic prowess with her passion for the game to craft compelling narratives that bring the NBA to life. She finds immense joy in dissecting the journeys of the athletes who make the game larger than life.
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