LeBron James

LeBron James 2022: Net worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Often regarded as the best basketball player, LeBron Raymone James Sr or LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio. He started playing organized basketball in the fifth grade. His high school freshman year started with playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary's varsity basketball team. However, James was prodigiously talented in more than just basketball. Moreover, there were many people who believed he could have played in the NFL. But he is now playing in the National Basketball Association. (NBA).

May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

He is married to his high school friend, Savannah Brinson, and has a daughter, Zhuri James. Also, LeBron James' sons are Bronny James or LeBron James Jr, and Bryce Maximus James.

LeBron James NBA career

His NBA career kick-started when he was picked by his hometown team, Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Moreover, by the end of the season, he became the first Cavaliers player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, and it took just one more season for him to earn his first NBA all-star call-up.

In the next few years, he rose as one of the best players in basketball. He ended his contract with the Cavaliers in 2010 and was a superstar by then. As a free agent, LeBron was reported to have been contacted by quite a few teams before he finally signed for Miami Heat.

Four years later, he opted out of his Heat contract and moved back to his hometown team, where he became the first player to play five consecutive finals since the 1960s.

Though he played for years for the Cavaliers in his second stint, he opted out of the contract and signed for Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. He has had a mixed stint with the Purple and Gold so far. After suffering from a groin injury and missing the playoffs in the 2018-19 season, Bron made a cracking return as the Lakers won the championship in the 2019-20 season.

But a short off-season ensued meaning unprecedented injuries. Suffering a freak high ankle sprain, James missed more than half of the season and never recovered fully. Without LBJ at his best, the Lakers crashed out in the first round itself. With a revamped roster for the 2021-22 season, LeBron has set out to win his fifth NBA Championship. Although he is averaging well over 25 points, it is an uphill task.

Dec 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring a basket during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Major Achievements

  • 4× NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)

  • 4× NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)

  • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)

  • 18× NBA All-Star (2005–2021)

  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)

  • 13× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2018, 2020)

  • NBA scoring champion (2008)

  • All-NBA Third Team (2019)

  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)

  • 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)

  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

LeBron James net worth and Endorsements

King James is one of the richest players in the NBA. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he was the sixth highest-paid athlete as of late 2021, and his annual earning is estimated to be $100 million. Moreover, James is estimated to have accumulated a current net worth of around $500 million.

In addition to Nike, James' endorsement partners include Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre, Blaze Pizza, and 2K Sports. He has also signed with deals with Walmart, KIA Motors and several real estate lands.

LeBron James NBA Career Stats

While LeBron James did miss multiple games through injury early on in the season, LBJ still averages around 29.0 points, 6.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game, at the time of writing. Moreover, his career stats have set their own benchmark with 27.0PPG, 7.4APG complimenting them with 7.4RPG.

LeBron James contract details 

According to Spotrac, LeBron James's current contract was signed in 2018 with the Los Angeles Lakers for a period of 4 years- which is worth $153,312,846, including $153,312,846 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $38,328,212.

Moreover, James signed a two-year max extension with the Lakers in 2021 that will keep him at the franchise till 2023. He signed a massive $85 million contract that has come into effect from the 2021-22 season.

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LeBron James Foundation and Charity

As part of his charity work, the basketball player set up the LeBron James Family Foundation. The foundation raises and donates money for several charities such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, After-School All-Stars, the Children's Defense Fund, Gabriel's Angle Foundation, and ONEXONE. 

I Promise School: Most recently, James has made headlines because he built his brand new I Promise School for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. However, the news isn’t surprising, as James has proven how much he values education. This the same guy who paid for 1,000 kids to attend college and started “Wheels for Education,” a program that provides school supplies, access to computers, and even bicycles to low-income kids.

Shoes of LeBron James

According to a study by Forbes, James's $32 million shoe deal with Nike is second only to Michael Jordan's massive $132 million deal. In addition to his main signature shoe with Nike, which is now in its 19th version, LeBron James also lends his name to Nike’s Zoom Soldier line.

LeBron James controversial moments

In spite of being one of the most respected athletes, LeBron has had his fair share of controversies in the recent past. In 2018, the 4-time NBA champion accused Alabama of potential copy-wright infringement, when they released a series very similar to his.

Similarly, the starlet was accused of supporting Nike's Chinese outlets, who were reported for abusing some of their workers. Apart from this, there was an instance in 2020, when James came to the rescue of WNBA star Lisa Leslie. When she spoke against Kobe Bryant's r*pe case, James came in her support, drawing some flak.

Will LeBron James retire?

There is no doubt that James' illustrious stint is nearing its unbelievable end. Although the 18-time All-Star is still in fine touch, he could be interested on calling it a day soon. After all, his health and fitness issues off late have only proved that he is mortal.

Characteristically, he may also be intent on pursuing interests outside the sport, or even tend to his family. Last but not the least, the fact that his son Bronny is rising up the ranks may prompt one final push, before ending on a hopeful high.

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Age37
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseSavannah James
Children3
NBA Championship Rings4 (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020)
NationalityAmerican
Height6' 8" (2.03 m)
Weight113 kg
EndorsementsBeats Electronics, RIMOWA, Coca-Cola, KIA Motors, Nike, Walmart
Hand Span and Feet Length9.25 inches and size 15

How to Contact LeBron James?

LeBron James Instagram: @kingjames

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LeBron James Twitter: @KingJames

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