Basketball boasts of a solid fan base that consists of a plethora of diverse individuals scattered around the world. These fan base are often the primary metric used to gauge the popularity of a sport and thus has a ripple effect on the financial incentives that stakeholders in the sport receive. The National Basketball Association (NBA) in North America is just one of the several men’s professional basketball leagues around the globe, but its ever-growing fan base has made it one of the topmost followed sports in America and the world today. The NBA has transcended to become the most followed and discussed sport on social media, with over 150 million fans. We review the top-20 richest NBA players of all-time with their net worths. It is of utmost importance to bear in mind that this ranking and net worths were accurate as at January 2020.
20. Yao Ming – $120 Million
For more than 10 years, Yao Ming was a prominent driving force in the NBA. But before he established himself as an astute centerman, Yao Ming played in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). An 8-time All-star, Yao Ming, who began playing basketball as a teenager, retired from the NBA in 2011 and now is one of the top Chinese basketball executives. He has an estimated net worth of $120 million.
19. Dwyane Wade – $120 Million
Throughout his 16 years stint in the NBA where he played mostly for the Miami Heats, Dwyane Wade rose to become one of the top basketball players in the 21st century. The three-time NBA Champion, who retired in 2019, earned All-star honours on 13 occasions and was named the NBA Finals MVP once. Dwyane Wade’s net worth is valued at approximately $120 million.
18. Carmelo Anthony – $130 Million
Currently playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony is no doubt one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Anthony has spent about 16 years in the NBA and has seen All-star honours on 10 occasions. The 35 years old American basketball professional who has won gold in three successive Olympics with the US National Basketball team has a net worth of about $130 million.
17. Tim Duncan – $130 Million
Duncan spent 19 years playing in the NBA, and in those years, Duncan thrilled fans with his amazing antics and basketball prowess. The 43 basketball coach who retired in 2016, won the NBA five times and emerged the Finals MVP, three times. Duncan also claimed the NBA MVP, twice and is a 15-time recipient of the All-star honour. Duncan’s net worth is valued at $130 million.
16. Gary Payton – $130 Million
Dubbed ‘The Glove’, Gary Payton who is a basketball Hall of Famer, had 17 wonderful seasons in the NBA. The highlight of these times is the first 13 years he spent with the Seattle SuperSonics, where he set several records. The two time Olympics gold medalist and one time NBA Champion, has received All-star honours nine times and has an estimated net worth of $130 million.
15. Stephen Curry – $130 Million
Golden State Warriors wonder boy, Stephen Curry has been a great addition to the tough NBA side. The man hailed for his impeccable basketball prowess and unique abilities have won the NBA Championship on three occasions and have emerged All-star on six occasions. Curry who has spent his 10 years career in the NBA playing for the Warriors is a two time Olympics gold medalist with a net worth of about $130 million.
14. Dwight Howard – $140 Million
A wonderful centre player, Dwight Howard’s basketball skill is surely better than his commitments skill. The 34 years old basketball player has been in five teams since 2016. But his abilities are surely top notched. Howard has won the NBA Defensive Player of the year, three times and has seen All-star honours, nine times. His current net worth is about $140 million.
13. Dirk Nowitzki – $140 Million
Retired German basketball player, Dirk Nowitzki, ruled the NBA for 21 years. The 41 years old, German basketball player, had a career that spans 25 years. He created a reputation for himself as a fierce power forward. He won the NBA Championship once and was named to the All-star team, 14 times. Nowitzki who further received the NBA Finals and NBA MVP award on one occasion has a net worth of $140 million.
12. Russell Westbrook – $150 Million
Russel Westbrook who is one of the most popular individuals in the NBA is widely known for his wonderful and exceptional basket antics on the courts. The 31 years old, Houston Rockets player who is an 8-time All-star and an NBA MVP is valued at a net worth of $150 million.
11. James Harden – $165 Million
Muscular and bearded, James Harden is well recognized in the NBA, not just because of his beards, but because of his basketball finesse and wonderful skills. The Houston Rockets top shooting guard is set to make his eighth appearance in the NBA All-star game in February. Harden’s current net worth is about $165 million.
10. Kevin Durant – $170 Million
The Brooklyn Nets, ace power forward, Kevin Durant is undoubtedly a phenomenal basketball player with outstanding abilities and skills. On 10 occasions, he has been named to the NBA All-star game and on two occasions, he has won the NBA Championship. On the International scene, Durant has two Olympics gold medals and a Basketball World Championship gold medal to his name. Durant has a growing net worth of around $170 million.
9. Grant Hill – $180 Million
Formerly an NBA player who thrilled fans with his amazing abilities and antics, Hill who retired from the NBA in 2013, is currently involved in basketball, not as a coach, but as an owner of a basketball franchise. Hill who played for four teams throughout his 19-year stint in the NBA, is the co-owner of the NBA franchise, the Atlanta Hawks. The 7-time NBA Champion’s net worth is $180 million.
8. Hakeem Olajuwon – $200 Million
For 18 years, NBA fans were thrilled by the exceptional and amazing prowess of Basketball Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon. Nicknamed ‘The Dream’ Hakeem Olajuwon won the NBA Championship, twice and was crowned the NBA Finals MVP on those two occasions. He further went on to receive 12 All-star honour in his remarkable career. Olajuwon net worth is about $200 million.
7. David Robinson – $200 Million
A naval officer turned basketball player, David Robinson played for the San Antonio Spurs throughout the course of his 14 years stint in the NBA. Robinson who is nicknamed ‘The Admiral’ due to his military background won the NBA Championship twice and was a 10 time NBA All-star. Robinson has a net worth of $200 million.
6. Shaquille O’Neal – $400 Million
Armed with a sturdy figure, Shaquille O’Neal was not the average basketball player. Getting past O’Neal was a big challenge for several basket players and O’Neal used his size and height, two of his greatest assets to improve his basketball skills. The top basketball player who retired in 2011, after 19 years in the NBA, won the NBA Championship four times and clinched the Finals MVP on three of those four occasions. O’Neal who is a 15-time NBA All-star, and currently a sports analyst has a net worth of $400 million.
5. LeBron James – $480 Million
LeBron James, dubbed ‘King James’, is the number one NBA player currently, and in the top list of the greatest NBA players of all-time. His name is widely compared to that of Legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan. An incredible player with three NBA Championship to his name, LeBron James has won all the NBA Finals MVP in all NBA Finals which he has won. He also has two Olympics medals to his credit and is a 16-time NBA All-star. LeBron James’ current net worth is valued at $480 million.
4. Kobe Bryant – $500 Million
In any discussion regarding the greatest basketball players of all-time, Kobe Bryant‘s name is bound to be involved. Since he was in high school, Bryant was already on track to a glamorous basketball career which was threatened by a sexual assault lawsuit, which did great damage to his reputation. But a consistent spectacular performance, coupled with the absence of any reputation-damaging scandals, led Bryant back to the very position he was striving for. Five times, Bryant won the NBA Championship and received All-Star honours on 18 occasions. Bryant was valued at a net worth of $500 million before his tragic demise in January 2020.
3. Magic Johnson – $600 Million
Undoubtedly recognized as one of the best NBA players of all-time, Magic Johnson had a really phenomenal career, which is still remembered, long after he has left the basketball scene. The 60 years old thespian who is currently involved in various business ventures, has expanded his wealth beyond what it was when he was an NBA player. Johnson has won the NBA Championship on five occasions and is a three-time NBA Finals MVP. He has received All-star honours, 12 times and he is an Olympics gold medalist. Johnson’s net worth is about $600 million.
2. Junior Bridgeman – $600 Million
Now a successful businessman, Junior Bridgeman’s success in the business world is far beyond his success in his basketball career. The former Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard played for just 12 years in the NBA. Bridgeman who successfully mastered the art of business currently has a net worth valued at $600 million.
1. Michael Jordan – $1.9 Billion
As revealed by his very successful basketball career and business ventures, Michael Jordan is a very hardworking fellow. His 15 years NBA career was marked by incredible play, which saw him win the NBA Championship on six occasions and claimed the NBA Finals MVP on all of those occasions. Michael Jordan also won NBA MVP five times and was left out of the All-star game on just one occasion in his 15 years NBA career. His very successful shoe brand with athletics brand, Nike, along with his other business ventures has made him the richest basketball/NBA player of all-time and one of the richest men on earth with a fortune valued at a whopping $1.9 billion.
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There you have it—our top-10 curated list of the richest NBA players of all-time, updated in 2020. Which famous NBA player did you expect to see on this list? please share with us in the comments section below.