- LeBron James has an estimated net worth of $ 500 million, but only ranks fourth among richest NBA players of all time
- Shaquille O’Neal arrived on the list with his net worth of $ 400 million
- Legendary Michael Jordan tops the list of richest NBA players of all time with his lucrative net worth of $ 2.2 billion
Since the founding of the NBA in 1946, the first professional men’s basketball league has seen the birth of many legendary basketball icons. But among all the competitors who fought in the league, which player is the richest?
The NBA has seen an explosive return to its competitive games amid the coronavirus pandemic and after being forced to shut down due to restrictions. This was notably manifested in the league’s revenue for the 2019-2020 season, which fell 15% from the previous season to $ 8.3 billion, according to Forbes.
Heading into the NBA Finals, the 73 televised playoff games on ABC / ESPN / TNT drew an average of 3.7 million viewers. Statistics showed a 9% drop from the 2019 pre-pandemic playoffs, but a massive 37% increase from last year’s three million viewers.
Many notable players have graced NBA halls, including Shaquille O’Neal, Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. But which professional athlete is considered the richest NBA player of all time? Celebrity Net Worth listed the top 50 richest NBA players of all time, and here’s a list that shows the top seven in league history.
# 7 Grant’s Hill
Grant Hill is a retired NBA player who played 20 seasons in the league and amassed a net worth of $ 250 million. Based on contract income alone, the basketball star has earned more than $ 140 million throughout his career, according to Spotrac. After retiring from the professional scene, he turned to accommodation and was featured on NBA TV‘s “NBA Inside Stuff” and also worked as a sports presenter for CBS.
# 6 Vinnie Johnson
The Seattle SuperSonics selected Vinnie Johnson with the seventh overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. After being traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1981, he won two championships with his team. Despite his career ending in 1992, Johnson has an estimated net worth of $ 400 million, according to another report Celebrity Net Worth report.
# 5 Shaquille O’Neal
Known as one of the most dominant players in NBA history, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal has won four championships during his career. The 7’1 “center has an estimated net worth of $ 400 million. He also embarked on the Film Industry and appeared in films such as “Scary Movie 4”, “The House Bunny”, “Blended” and “Uncle Drew”.
# 4 LeBron James
LeBron “King James” James has won over $ 380 million throughout his career on contractual income alone. This greatly contributed to his massive net worth of $ 500 million. James also had the NBA’s highest career scoring average in October 2020 with a record 34.9 points per game, according to Forbes.
# 3 Magic Johnson
In the 1979 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers picked Magic Johnson for the overall first pick. For the next one 31 seasons, he played as a point guard for the Lakers. He received the NBA Championship and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award during his rookie season.
After his retirement, he also served for a time as president of the Lakers’ basketball operations. He amassed a huge $ 600 million net worth over the years and also created the Magic Johnson Foundation with the goal of fighting HIV globally.
# 2 Junior Pontier
In addition to being a retired professional basketball player, Junior Bridgeman is also a successful fast food entrepreneur with a net worth of $ 600 million. His career in the NBA was considered moderate success, with a maximum salary of $ 350,000. Bridgeman used his finances to invest in fast food franchises, primarily the Wendy’s food chain. His commercial efforts made him one of the richest athletes in history.
# 1 Michael Jordan
The individual who holds the title of richest NBA player of all time is none other than the legendary Michael Jordan. The basketball superstar has a lucrative net worth of $ 2.2 billion, eclipsing the rest of his colleagues. Jordan was the first NBA player to earn more than $ 30 million in salary in a single year, during the 1996-97 season when he received $ 30.14 million.
Jordan is considered the richest NBA player of all time despite only doing $ 93.7 million throughout his basketball career. The majority of his immense fortune comes from various endorsement deals and business ventures. The superstar has earned at least $ 60 million a year from the brand’s royalties with Nike / Jordan. He first became a billionaire due to his participation in the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.