The NBA, Euroleague, Eurobasket, FIBA Americas Championship, FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, and FIBA Basketball World Cup are among the most world-renowned sports associations.
NBA stars remain at the top of the list of wealthy athletes in the world. This comes as no shock, as they’re known to receive gargantuan annual salaries, as well as sky-high bonuses and lucrative endorsements around the world.
This figure could increase based on the number of endorsements they have as well as profits from investments. For an athlete to get to this stage of earnings, he/she/they would have to be a good sportsperson.
However, this doesn’t happen overnight or by magic; it takes hard work, sheer determination, and a grip of skills on the field. If you have ever wondered who ranks in the leaderboards for being on top in basketball when it comes to wealth, keep reading to find out.
LeBron James (Net Worth – $400 Million)
Born on December 30, 1984, in Ohio, LeBron James is an American basketball player who played with the Los Angeles Lakers. He first drew national attention as the top basketball player in his high school. With a unique mash of size, skill, and grit, he soon became a four-time NBA MVP.
As a high school sophomore, LeBron was chosen for the USA Today All-USA First Team. He was the first sophomore ever selected for this award. His team also won the Division III state title for the second year in a row.
Following the end of his junior year, LeBron was such a strong player that he contemplated going pro. Deciding to finish his education, he had a tremendous senior year on the court. He averaged 31.6 points per game, helping his team clinch their third state title.
The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s team also earned the top national ranking that year. LeBron would then emerge as one of the National Basketball Association’s leading players.
With his impressive record, he was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school. He would later go on to win the NBA’s “Rookie of the Year” award, participate in the Olympic games, and bag a contract endorsement with Nike of over 90 million dollars.
Magic Johnson (Net Worth- $500 Million+)
One of the most famous names in the NBA, Magic Johnson played point guard for the LA Lakers for 13 full seasons and made a $500 million net worth for himself.
He is a player who has many awards to his name and holds several records with the NBA. He was picked by the Lakers in the 1979 NBA draft, and has the NBA Finals MVP award to his name, along with three NBA MVP Awards, and nine NBA Finals.
He participated in the 1992 summer Olympics and was part of the “Dream Team.” This ended up taking home the gold medal that year.
Johnson contracted HIV and announced his diagnosis in 1991 when he abruptly retired from the game, and in 1996, he was honored as one of the Greatest Players in NBA history.
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Johnson is now a businessman and has several business ventures that have further propelled his wealth into millions.
Michael Jordan (Net Worth- $1.65 Billion)
A household name, Michael Jordan, is the most popular name in NBA history and sits at the top of the list for being the most wealthy basketball player with a net worth of $1 billion dollars.
He spent his entire career playing for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards and is termed the greatest basketball player in the history of the NBA.
He was nicknamed, “Air Jordan” and “His Airness,” as a result of the height he reached in his leaps during slam dunks from the free-throw line.
Outside of basketball, Jordan earned enormous money through his basketball sneaker line, as some of his sneakers sold for thousands of dollars. Many of Jordan’s sneakers also sit in museums today. He is the definition of a basketball legend and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice.