Basketball is one of the most known and entertaining game in the world. Both for the viewers and the players, this game brings a lot of excitement. People get glued to their TV sets as soon as they hear about a new match being telecasted on the TV. Not only does the game bring excitement and entertainment, it also brings name and fame for the players.
The income of these players come from the winnings, royalty money, advertisements, sponsorships, etc. There are some very rich basketball players in the world. Some of the players don’t even need to play anymore or they don’t play anymore but they still have money much more than any other person in this field. 10 of them, updated as of 2018, are:
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10. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Kyam Anthony was born on 29th may, 1984. He is professionally an American team basketball player. He is currently playing for the National Basketball Association under the New York Knicks. He studied at the Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy, and started and practised basketball at the Syracuse. The reason for Orangemen reaching the National championship was Anthony. He was announced the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and that too, in his freshman year. In 2003, he was the third pick by the Denver Nuggets for the NBA Draft.
9. Steve Nash
Stephen John Nash, the former Canadian professional basketball player, has won many awards and achievements like the NBA All-Star, 8 times. He was also announced to be NBA’s Most Valuable Player, while playing for the Phoenix Suns, and that too, twice. Right now, working in the Canadian National Basketball team and as the player development consultant, for the team Golden State Warriors, Steve is ranked as one of the richest basketball players in the world.
8. Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is a professional basketball layer for the Chicago Bulls. He has proven his worth repeatedly over the years. One of the most astonishing facts about him is that his jersey was the top-selling jersey in the NBA for about 2 years, which makes his market value quite high.
7. Ray Allen
Walter Ray Allen Jr., born on 20th July 1975, was a professional American basketball player. After playing 18 long seasons of basketball matches in the national basketball association, Allen is now retired. In 2000, he even won an Olympics medal for playing for the United States men’s basketball team. Apart from basketball this player has another talent of acting and was found acting in two movies. He Got Game, 1998 was his lead role film.
6. Dwight Howard
Dwight David Howard, an American basketball player, was born on 8th December 1985. He plays with the Atlanta Hawks in the national basketball association. After completing his studies at the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Howard was also announced the winner of the NBA Slam Dunk in 2008. He even won a gold medal in 2008 Olympics. He then joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012 and again the Rockets in 2013.
5. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Werner Nowitzki, a professional player for the national basketball association, is one of the highest paid basketball players in the world. In the NBA draft, 1998, he was picked ninth by the Milwaukee Bucks and was later sent to the Mavericks and he is playing for them since then. Being one of the strongest and most consistent players, Nowitzki has earned a lot of name and fame in his career.
4. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan, short for Timothy Theodore Duncan is one of the largest paid basketball players in the history of the players. He is a former American basketball player and played with the San Antonio Spurs, all his career. He spent 19 good years in the field of basketball. He is simply the greatest power forwards of his time and he has also been an NBA Champion for five times, NBA MVP- two times and NBA Finals MVP- three times.
3. Kevin Garnett
Kevin Maurice Garnett is a former American basketball player. Before retiring, he has done so many things and earned so many achievements that he is a part of this list. For 21 seasons in the NBA, he played as the power forward and center position player. Kevin was the first player who got selected in the NBA, just after his high school at the age of 20. In 1995 NBA Draft, he was selected 5th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and he played amazingly for them.
2. Kobe Bryant
Born on 23rd august, 1978, Kobe Bryant was an American basketball player and a businessman too. For 20 long seasons and all his career. Kobe played amazingly for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is awarded a recognition for the most seasons played with one franchise for an entire career. He has always been an exciting player and had a lot of value then when used to play and even now after getting retired.
1. LeBron James
Born on, 30th December 1984, Lebron Raymone James, is the richest basketball player in the history as of 2018. He is an American basketball player and holds a great deal of market value. He has always given outstanding performance in all of his matches which has got him so much name and fame. He has also been the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer. This player has made up so many records and spent his career enjoying what he does.
Basketball is an exciting game. Not only does it attract the youth, but it is the favorite sport of many children, adults, old age people, women, etc. Everybody enjoys seeing and playing basketball. Not only for the viewers, but this game is exciting for the players as well. The game brings not only recognition but also a lot of money for the players. Some of the players are very rich and have earn that money working hard and playing amazingly. These 10 men are the richest basketball players in the world as of 2018.