Like all other popular sports, basketball has also earned athletes big fortunes. In fact, basketball has arguably produced some of the world best-paid sportsmen of our times.
Though it is only a game for kids, these entertainers can help to sell millions of tickets, and becoming a pro athlete has some of the most intense competition of any industry on the planet.
Teams playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers among others have produced some of the richest players. Most players spend a lot of money on toys like these or these, but many also donate significant sums to charity.
These are the five richest players in pro basketball in 2017 ranked from number five to number one.
5. Dirk Nowitzki
Total Net worth: $120 Million
Dirk Nowitzki is was born on 19th June 1978 in Germany. He is a professional basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks, a team in the NBA league. He joined Dallas in 1998.
The prolific athlete who plays a powerful forward position was voted the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2007. This was the first time ever a European bagged the accolade. He has also won other prestigious All-star awards.
4. Tim Duncan
Total Networth: $130 Million
Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on 25th April 1976 in Christiansted, Saint Croix USA. He has paled for San Antonio Spurs, a team in the NBA league since 1997.
Duncan has bagged several honours including 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time Most Valuable Person among others.
3. Kevin Garnett
Total Networth: $190 Million
The 6’11” American athlete was born Kevin Maurice Garnett on 19th May 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina.
He is currently playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA league but has had a short stint with the Bolton Celtics. The agile defender has received many awards throughout his career life. These include the NBA Most Valuable Player, All-Star MVP (2003), the NBA Defensive Player of the Year among others.
2. Kobe Bryant
Total Networth: $ 280 Million
Kobe Bean Bryant was born on 23rd august 1978 in Philadelphia, USA. He is one of the richest basketball players in the world today with a total worth of about $280 million.
Kobe is currently retired from active competition having played for Los Angeles Lakers for about 20 years. His agility and skills made him the best stars in Los Angeles Lakers and were made to start every All-Star games. Kobe also played for the national team where he won gold medals too.
1. LeBron James
Total Networth: $ 280 Million
LeBron Raymond James was born on 30th December 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA and is one of the valuable players for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league.
LeBron James is arguably the richest basketball player in the world today with a total net worth of $300 million. He has won 3 NBA championships, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and 2 Olympic gold medals among other prestigious accolades.