39+ Richest Players in the History of the NBA


| LAST UPDATE 01/08/2023

By Kayla Black

It’s always fun to watch our favorite NBA legends dominate the court, but the truth is, some of these stars have talents far beyond the game. Let’s take a look at which basketball players have the highest net worth of all.

60. John Stockton - $45 Million

One of the most celebrated point guards of all time, John Stockton, was dedicated to his team from the day he stepped on the court. During his 19 seasons playing for the Utah Jazz, he continuously swept the court with his insane skill, explaining his title as one of the greatest players of all time per the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

richest retired nba players richest retired nba players
Matt A. Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Stockton's lengthy career puts him at an overall net worth of $45 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. Although he never won a championship, the decorated point guard was a ten-time NBA All-Star, holds the NBA record for most career assists and steals by wide margins, and inspires many today as a coach.

59. Ben Wallace - $50 Million

By many, Wallace is considered one of the greatest undrafted players in all of the history of the NBA. Originally from Alabama, the basketball star attended Virginia Union for college, where he left undrafted and headed off to play for the Italian team Viola Reggio Calabria.

ben wallace nba net worthben wallace nba net worth
Brian Bahr via Getty Images

However, that lasted only a short time, and he was drafted to play for the Washington Wizards. During his time in the league, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, made two NBA Final appearances, and took home a W in 2004 for the Pistons. Celebrity Net Worth has revealed that his net worth is $50 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

58. Richard Jefferson - $50 Million

The 6'7" athlete got his start in the league back in 2001 when he was drafted as the NBA's 13th overall pick and named the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first season playing for the New Jersey Nets, aka the Brooklyn Nets. He played for eight different teams during his career, taking home a ring in 2016 with the Cavs.

brooklyn nets nba players salarybrooklyn nets nba players salary
Al Bello via Getty Images

The basketball legend was also part of the US national team in the 2004 Summer Olympics that won a bronze medal. Jefferson retired from the game in 2018 and began working as an analyst on the YES Network and occasionally on ESPN, FS1, and the Pac-12 Network, which explains that $50 million net worth per Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

57. Jermaine O'Neal - $50 Million

Unlike many NBA players, O'Neal went straight from high school into the pro league. With an impressive high school record, this star didn't feel the need to play college ball first. Jermaine became the youngest player ever to play an NBA game at the time.

Jermaine O'Neal NBA richJermaine O'Neal NBA rich
Doug Pensinger / Staff via Getty Images

So who exactly did O'Neal play for? The Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Golden State Warriors. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jermaine now has a whopping net worth of $50 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

56. Karl Malone - $55 Million

All hail "the Mailman," AKA Karl Malone, often regarded as one of the top power forwards of all time. And this star has a track record to prove how deserving he is of his reputation. Malone won NBA Most Valuable Player two times, was an NBA All-Star 14 times, and a part of the All-NBA first team eleven times.

Karl Malone Richest NBAKarl Malone Richest NBA
Tim DeFrisco / Stringer via Getty Images

Karl played ball at Louisiana Tech University, where he later returned post-retirement for some time as the director of basketball promotion and conditioning coach. Post-college, Malone played for Utah Jazz, among other teams. Today, Celebrity Net Worth puts his net worth at about $55 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

55. Antawn Jamison - $60 Million

This former basketball player rocked college courts during his time with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Antawn was even named national player of the year in 1998. That might be part of the reason why he was drafted by the NBA's Toronto Raptors that same year.

Antawn Jamison Richest NBAAntawn Jamison Richest NBA
Harry How / Staff via Getty Images

But Jamison was then traded to the Golden State Warriors, where he became an All-Star twice and won NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 204. Antawn layer played with the Mavericks, Wizards, Cavaliers, Lakers, and Clippers. Celebrity Net Worth puts his net worth at about $60 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

54. Michael Finley - $65 Million

Finley started off playing college ball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he set the university's scoring record and held the title for eleven years. The Phoenix Suns then drafted the star athlete in 1995. Michael later moved on to the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics.

Michael Finley NBA wealthMichael Finley NBA wealth
The Sporting News / Contributor via Getty Images

While with the Spurs, Michael and his teammates won the 2007 NBA Championship. After retiring, the champ went on to become the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Mavericks. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be around $65 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

53. Amar'e Stoudemire - $70 Million

Next on our list of wealthiest NBA players of all time is Stoudemire, who played for the NBA's Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat. In 2003, Amar'e was awarded Rookie of the Year after his first season with the Suns. That was just one of the athlete's many milestones.

Amar'e Stoudemire Richest NBAAmar'e Stoudemire Richest NBA
Mike Ehrmann / Staff via Getty Images

Stoudemire was also part of the NBA All-Star Game six times and a five-time All-NBA Team member. And in 2004, he earned a bronze medal with the United States at that year's Olympic Games. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Amar'e's many successes have earned him a $70 million net worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

52. Paul Pierce - $70 Million

While playing ball in high school, Pierce was named a McDonald's All-American. He also earned first-team All-America honors during his junior year as a college-athlete at Kansas. Pierce was later drafted by the Boston Celtics and spent fifteen years with the team.

Paul Pierce Wealthy NBAPaul Pierce Wealthy NBA
Nick Laham / Staff via Getty Images

After leading the Celtics to two NBA finals and one championship, Paul moved to the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, and Los Angeles Clippers. He then spent some time as an ESPN analyst post-retirement. Today, Pierce has a net worth of $70 million, as listed by Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

51. Alonzo Mourning - $70 Million

Mourning arguably became a household name during his time in the NBA, known for impressive defensive skills. The basketball champ played with a few teams: the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, and New Jersey Nets. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he made bank from many sources.

Alonzo Mourning Net WorthAlonzo Mourning Net Worth
Brian Bahr / Staff via Getty Images

Alonzo earned about $143 million total from his NBA salaries. But that's not all: the star also made tens of millions in endorsements. Mourning retired in 2009 and became the first Miami Heat player to have his jersey number retired. Talk about iconic. Celebrity Net Worth puts his current value at $70 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

50. Elton Brand - $70 Million

Next on our ranking is this basketball star. Brand played for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers, among others. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he earned more than $160 million in salary alone throughout his pro career. And Elton did not slow down after leaving the NBA.

Elton Brand NBA wealthElton Brand NBA wealth
Jim McIsaac / Contributor via Getty Images

His post-retirement resume includes player development consultant for the Philadelphia 76ers, general manager of the Delaware 87ers, and most recently general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. That might explain Brand's $70 million net worth, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

49. Tracy McGrady - $70 Million

Next on our list is McGrady, who Celebrity Net Worth calculates has a net worth of about $70 million. So how did this star get to have so much moolah in the bank? Well, for starters, Tracy skipped college ball and went straight into the NBA after high school.

Tracy McGrady Wealthy NBATracy McGrady Wealthy NBA
Chris Graythen / Staff via Getty Images

There, McGrady played for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Houston Rockets. He then spent his final three years before retirement with the Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and San Antonio Spurs. Tracy also had a stint with the Chinese Basketball Association!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

48. Chris Webber - $70 Million

Some people aren’t satisfied with working in one industry and want to prove their worth as a well-rounded professional. Chris Webber is one of those people. After retiring from basketball in 2008, this athlete decided to dabble in music production too, producing hip-hop records with various artists, including Nas.

Chris Webber Wealthy NBAChris Webber Wealthy NBA
The Sporting News / Contributor via Getty Images

He also retained work as a sports analyst for various shows including NBA TV’s Game Time Live and Inside The NBA, as well as being a panelist for Players Only, a weekly basketball coverage show on TNT. According to Celebrity Net, Worth Webber has an $70 million net worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

47. Rasheed Wallace - $75 Million

This Philadelphia-born star played ball at the University of North Caroline before getting drafted into the NBA in 1995. Wallace joined the Washington Wizards (who at the time were the Washington Bullets) and went on to play with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Rasheed Wallace Net WorthRasheed Wallace Net Worth
Sporting News Archive / Contributor via Getty Images

Following the Portland Trail Blazers, Rasheed jumped to the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks. Wallace's post-retirement career has included being coach for the Pistons and, more recently, head coach at a high school. His net worth? $75 million, as listed by Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

46. Patrick Ewing - $75 Million

Ewing rose to college fame while playing for the Georgetown Hoyas, as the team reached three NCAA Championship Games during his four years at the school. After university, Patrick was the New York Knicks ' overall first pick and stayed with them for about 15 years.

Patrick Ewing NBA richPatrick Ewing NBA rich
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

At the time of this article's writing, Celebrity Net Worth reports that the now-retired athlete now earns roughly $4 million as a coach for his alma mater. Not too bad! According to the site, Ewing's many career successes have led to a net worth of around $75 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

45. Larry Bird - $75 Million

Bird's community members in French Lick, Indiana, knew they had a star on their hands as the future basketball champ grew up in the small town. In 1978, the then-college athlete led the Indiana State team to an undefeated season. Larry joined the NBA in 1979 after being drafted by none other than the Boston Celtics.

Larry Bird NBA WealthLarry Bird NBA Wealth
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

Bird stayed with the Celtics for the long haul: 13 seasons, five NBA finals, and three championships. It's hardly surprising that the Boston team retired his jersey after Larry officially left the NBA. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he sits on around $75 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

44. Dikembe Mutombo - $75 Million

Hardly surprising to find this guy on our list, considering he's often considered one of the best defensive players and shot blockers ever. And with a roughly $75 million net worth, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth, it's safe to say Dikembe's bank account is almost as big as his reputation.

Dikembe Mutombo Net WorthDikembe Mutombo Net Worth
STEVEN R. SCHAEFER / Contributor via Getty Images

The former athlete played college ball at Georgetown University before joining the pro league. Once with the big guys, Mutombo won NBA Defensive Player of the Year a whopping four times. And if that wasn't impressive enough, Dikembe was an All-Star eight times.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

43. Andre Iguodala - $80 Million

Iguodala is one of those players that can do it all. The small forward has been in the league since 2004 and plays for the Golden State Warriors. In his nearly two decades playing basketball, he has won 4 NBA championships, been named Finals MVP and NBA All-Star, and has even played for the US National Team in the 2012 Olympics.

Andre Iguodala nba net worthAndre Iguodala nba net worth
Alex Goodlett via Getty Images

For someone who has been involved with the NBA for as long as he has, his $80 million net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth, totally checks out. Besides his athletic ventures, Iguodala has used his personal interest in tech to advocate for NBA athletes to invest in the technology industry, leading an annual Players Technology Summit.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

42. Reggie Miller - $80 Million

Up next on our list of wealthiest NBA players is the one and only Reggie Miller. Celebrity Net Worth puts this athlete's value at around $80 million. And Miller is one faithful guy; he spent his entire 18-year pro career with the Indiana Pacers. At one point, Reggie even held the record for most career 3-point field goals.

Reggie Miller NBA richReggie Miller NBA rich
The Sporting News / Contributor via Getty Images

Miller has stayed busy since retiring from the NBA. After his last game in 2005, the ball champ went on to become an analyst at TNT. That was the beginning of a career in sports commentary. Reggie even guest-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly! It's no wonder he's still ballin'.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

41. Juwan Howard - $80 Million

Juwan Howard certainly has a track record with money - he was the first NBA player to be offered a $100 million contract! Howard played in the NBA for 19 years, from 1994 to 2013. After so many years as a high-ranking athlete, it’s hardly a surprise that Celebrity Net Worth lists his net worth at $80 million.

Ronald Martinez NBA WealthRonald Martinez NBA Wealth
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

Howard’s success only continued after his official retirement. He soon jumped into coaching, working as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat and as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He’s even dabbled in acting, taking roles in The West Sing, Beyond the Glory, and more.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

40. DeAndre Jordan - $80 Million

Before going pro as a young college student, DeAndre Jordan played collegiate basketball with Texas A&M in his hometown of Houston, Texas. In 2008 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, then moved to the Dallas Mavericks before settling with the New York Knicks.

DeAndre Jordan Richest NBADeAndre Jordan Richest NBA
Emilee Chinn / Stringer via Getty Images

He’s still going strong in the major league and is currently playing center for the Brooklyn Nets. He even holds the record for best career field goal percentage. Such an impressive track-record has led him to earn around $130 million in his career and a net worth of $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

39. Jason Kidd - $85 Million

Born in 1973, Kidd has come a long way since playing ball at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in California. Not that little Jason wasn't also a star player; he led his adolescent team to state championships more than once. After early successes, the young athlete played college basketball for the California Golden Bears.

Jason Kidd Wealthy NBAJason Kidd Wealthy NBA
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

Once in the NBA, Kidd played for the Dallas Mavericks, the Phoenix Suns, the New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. But fans can still see this star courtside as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jason's net worth? A hefty $85 million, as calculated by Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

38. Zach Randolph - $85 Million

This Indiana-born NBA star was recruited for collegiate basketball by Michigan state at a young age, before being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2001. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Zach Randolph has an estimated net worth of $85 million.

Zach Randolph Net WorthZach Randolph Net Worth
Jonathan Bachman / Contributor via Getty Images

Though he spent six whole seasons with the Trail Blazers, his career was far from finished. He played on four more NBA teams - the New York Knicks, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Sacramento Kings, and the LA Clippers. Though he retired in 2019, Randolph made an exception to join the Big3, a league owned by rapper Ice Cube.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

37. Tyson Chandler - $85 Million

NBA player Tyson Chandler discovered his love for the game at only 3-years-old, on his family's farm in Hanford, California. Growing up and helping out on the farm also helped to instill a serious work ethic, something that came in handy during his adult career.

Tyson Chandler NBA RichTyson Chandler NBA Rich
Bruce Bennett / Staff via Getty Images

Despite his modest upbringing, Chandler now has an estimated net worth of around $85 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Chandler was such a star that he went pro not long after high school and has since played on eight NBA teams. He was also chosen for the NBA All-Star Defensive Team three times.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

36. Tony Parker - $85 Million

Back in 1999, Tony Parker was snatched up by the NBA after playing with the French basketball team Paris Basket Racing for two seasons. He was drafted as the starting point guard by the San Antonio Spurs and went on to win four NBA championships between 2003 and 2014.

Tony Parker Net WorthTony Parker Net Worth
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

But Parker wasn’t content to keep his talents on the court, and soon ventured into the world of music. In 2007 he released a French hip-hop album featuring his then-wife Eva Longoria’s vocals. The album reached #1 in France, which might be the reason Celebrity Net Worth reports his net worth at $85 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

35. Paul George - $90 Million

Paul George’s NBA salary stacks up to a whopping $35 million, which makes him one of the highest-paid NBA players currently. He’s also well known as a brand ambassador, mixing sportsmanship with a business-savvy mindset. It just makes sense that his net worth is as high as $90 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Paul George Rich NBAPaul George Rich NBA
Mike Ehrmann / Staff via Getty Images

His past roster includes seasons playing for the LA Clippers, Indiana Pacers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has an incredible track record in the NBA, as a six-time All-Star as well as playing multiple times for the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he also makes $8 million on endorsements per year.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

34. Kyrie Irving - $90 Million

Another college athlete who went on to bigger and better things; Kyrie Irving first played with the Duke Blue Devils before being drafted in 2011 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He soon won Rookie of the Year along with a slew of accomplishments such as multiple All-Star titles and seasons with the All-NBA team.

Kyrie Irving NBA WealthKyrie Irving NBA Wealth
Emilee Chinn / Stringer via Getty Images

He even won an NBA championship in 2016. Endorsement deals have also been kind to Irving, as he’s represented A-list companies such as Pepsi, Nike, and Skullcandy. His shoe deal with Nike is worth a whopping $11 million, so it’s no surprise that Celebrity Net Worth lists his net worth at $90 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

33. Joe Johnson - $90 Million

Also known as “Iso Joe”, Joe Johnson is well-known for his impressive skills on the basketball court, particularly with the Atlanta Hawks. Since breaking records with the BIG3, Celebrity Net Worth has listed his estimated net worth at around $90 million!

Joe Johnson Net WorthJoe Johnson Net Worth
Kevin C. Cox / Staff via Getty Images

That’s right, Johnson was another big-earner who decided to break rank with the Houston Rockets to join Ice Cube’s basketball league, the BIG3. This is where he broke the scoring record and went on to win MVP for the third season of the BIG3 league, proving that he’s a champion no matter where he plays.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

32. Derrick Rose - $90 Million

After more than 10 years in the NBA, Derrick Rose isn’t slowing down any time soon. He’s still a sprightly point guard with the New York Knicks and has previously played for the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Chicago Bulls.

Derrick Rose Rich NBADerrick Rose Rich NBA
Jonathan Bachman / Contributor via Getty Images

But if being a world-class professional athlete wasn’t enough, Rose has also enjoyed extensive sponsorships from many well-known brands including Adidas, SkullCandy, Nissan, Powerade, Wilson Sporting Goods, and more. Celebrity Net Worth lists his current net worth at $90 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

31. Steve Nash - $95 Million

Steve Nash has played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and LA Lakers throughout his illustrious sports career, and according to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of $95 million. He currently works as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Steve Nash Net WorthSteve Nash Net Worth
Stephen Dunn / Staff via Getty Images

The fact that he never won an NBA championship didn't get him down. He told Bleacher Report, "I mean, it's not fun. I wish we did win one, but at the same time, you get one life," he said. "I wish I could have one more chance, but I can't, so I enjoy watching the guys go through it now."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

30. Jamal Mashburn - $100 Million

Known by his fans as "Monster Mash," the retired NBA player is sitting on a massive $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Mashburn was a small forward in his 12 seasons playing for teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and New Orleans Hornets.

Jamal Mashburn richest nba salaryJamal Mashburn richest nba salary
Sporting News via Getty Images

The prolific basketball star suffered chronic knee problems that ultimately resulted in his retirement in 2006. However, post-retirement life seems to be treating Mashburn pretty well. The former NBA star worked for ESPN as an analyst and began investing in several businesses, such as Outback Steakhouse and Papa John's franchises.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

29. Isiah Thomas - $100 Million

Isiah Thomas is the first NBA player on this list to break into the nine-digit earning numbers. Celebrity Net Worth lists Thomas as having an astounding net worth of $100 million. He retired comfortably in 1994, but of course, that wasn’t even close to the end of his story.

Isiah Thomas Wealth NBAIsiah Thomas Wealth NBA
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

After 13 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, he founded his own venture capital and investments company, Isiah International LLC. He became a part-owner of different sports teams, coached the Indiana Pacers, and was named the New York Knicks' President of Basketball Operations. Talk about a strong work ethic!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

28. Ray Allen - $100 Million

Ray Allen will go down in history for making 2,973 career three-pointers, a historical record for the NBA. Throughout his career, he's played for multiple teams, and in 2018 he was even inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Celebrity Net Worth reports his net worth at $100 million.

Ray Allen Net WorthRay Allen Net Worth
Andy Lyons / Staff via Getty Images

And from a young age, Allen’s been continually proving himself and his dedication to the sport. "At this stage, 90% of my life is my job," Allen said early in his career. "That's all I do. A lot of 25-year-olds are probably the same way. To be the best, you have to be completely focused."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

27. Vince Carter - $110 Million

From 1998 to 2020, Vince Carter jumped from team to team in the NBA, playing for eight different cities at that time! Since retiring from basketball he’s become a pro basketball analyst at ESPN. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a considerable net worth of $110 million.

Vince Carter Wealth NBAVince Carter Wealth NBA
Kevin C. Cox / Staff via Getty Images

But it appears that Carter wasn’t the only one with an eye on his career - his mother, an accountant, helped too. "There are tough lessons to learn in the beginning, and [the accountant's] like, 'Enjoy your life, but being frugal is not a bad thing,'" Carter admitted.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

26. Blake Griffin - $110 Million

A six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player is nothing to sniff at. And Blake Griffin’s made it clear that he’s an athlete to be reckoned with, as Celebrity Net Worth has reported his net worth at $110 million. He sure has hit the jackpot, but not without his own personal regrets.

Blake Griffin NBA RichBlake Griffin NBA Rich
Gregory Shamus / Staff via Getty Images

He described the way media attention changed his life when he joined the NBA. "I just heard so much negativity and so much hate that I sort of turned myself off, whether it was some reporters or some people... I just closed myself off," he said. "And looking back, I wish I'd handled it differently."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

25. Chris Bosh - $110 Million

Chris Bosh started off early, playing college ball at Georgia Tech. Soon after he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors, and it was only a matter of time before he took pride of place as the forward for the Miami Heat. Today, Bosh’s net worth stands at $110 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Chris Bosh Wealthy NBAChris Bosh Wealthy NBA
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

But Bosh is a lesson that with great amounts of cash comes great responsibility - he’s admitted it himself! "I have millions of dollars and I don't know finance," He told ESPN. "I've had some bad things happen in my career. I've got to educate myself."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

24. Kevin Garnett - $120 Million

After an astounding 21 seasons in the NBA, Kevin Garnett is one of very few ballers to earn the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an easy-breezy net worth of $120 million, but he’s admitted that the transition from young upstart to celebrity athlete has been a tricky one.

Kevin Garnett NBA RichestKevin Garnett NBA Richest
Jared Wickerham / Staff via Getty Images

"Man, when you come into some fame, everything changes. Your finances change, your mindset changes, your lifestyle changes," he elaborated. "Your mom and dad never made this kind of money. It's so much change, and you're living your life, but you don't have a cheat sheet."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

23. Pat Riley - $120 Million

Pat Riley played for three major NBA teams: The LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and San Diego Rockets. After nearly 10 years in the league, Riley retired in 1976. He’s since expanded his reputation by becoming known as one of the best NBA coaches to grace the courts.

Pat Riley Rich NBAPat Riley Rich NBA
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

During his time as head coach, Riley led three teams (LA Lakers, New York Nicks, and the Miami Heat) to success at five NBA championships, and currently acts as president of the Miami Heat. Celebrity Net Worth has revealed that Riley’s net worth sits at $120 million.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

22. Tim Duncan - $130 Million

Tim “Big Fundamental” Duncan is another NBA player at the top of his game, with some referring to him as the greatest power forward of all time. And he has an appropriate amount of wealth to show for it, with Celebrity Net Worth reporting his net worth as an incredible $130 million!

Tim Duncan Net WorthTim Duncan Net Worth
Kevin C. Cox / Staff via Getty Images

It hasn’t always been easy, and Duncan shared how he’s been able to motivate himself over the years. "With all that success early, all that did was put a target on my back," he said. "Everybody wanted to be better than me. Everybody wanted to beat me. Everybody wanted to beat the Spurs, so that's the motivation to stay on top."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

21. Dwight Howard - $140 Million

With an NBA career that has spanned 17 years and seven teams, Dwight Howard has made a name for himself by winning various accolades. He’s been named NBA champion, and eight-time All-Star as well as winning Defensive Player of the Year three times! Celebrity Net Worth has estimated its net worth at $140 million.

Dwight Howard NBA RichestDwight Howard NBA Richest
Tim Nwachukwu / Staff via Getty Images

After winning the NBA championship in 2020, he shared some inspiration with his fans online. "Don't ever give up on your dreams. You can... do it. I swear, just keep fighting. I swear to God, don't ever give up on yourself," he said. "Bro, listen, don't ever give up on yourself. You're already a champion."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

20. Dirk Nowitzki - $140 Million

Another champion from across the pond, this German-born power forward played 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, the longest any single player has spent with a team. This 13-time All-Star player has a net worth of $140 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and is one of the highest-paid players of all time.

Dirk Nowitzki NBA WealthDirk Nowitzki NBA Wealth
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

And so he should be, considering his dedication to the sport. Nowitzki once said, "I take my sport damned seriously. Basketball is my life... I'm a brooder, and I spend a lot of time thinking about my opponent, about the things he can do and about what I have to do to win."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

19. Chris Paul - $160 Million

Given his 16-year NBA career, Chris Paul has an impressive laundry list of achievements. From NBA Rookie of the Year to win two Olympic golds and being named the All-Star Game MVP in 2013, it’s no surprise that Celebrity Net Worth lists his net worth as $160 million.

Chris Paul NBA WealthChris Paul NBA Wealth
Alex Goodlett / Contributor via Getty Images

Paul has spoken publicly about how professional athletes handle their millions. According to him, most athletes "talk about everything in the locker room" except for money. But he fears that his colleagues may lose it if they don’t. "That's why I try to talk to guys because it happens. This is a short career," he said.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

18. Stephen Curry - $160 Million

Stephen Curry entered the world of professional sports back in 2009 and has been a top player for the Golden State Warriors. Curry is such an impressive player that he is often touted by some as the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA! And it’s only natural that his net worth should reflect that.

Stephen Curry Net WorthStephen Curry Net Worth
Ezra Shaw / Staff via Getty Images

Curry has an estimated net worth of $130 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Curry once shared his ideas about success, saying, "Whether we win another championship or not, I want to feel like I did everything I could to make that happen and not cheat the game."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

17. Yao Ming - $160 Million

The most famous Chinese player in the NBA, Yao Ming, is the only non-US-born basketball player to lead in NBA All-Star votes. Celebrity Net Worth has valued the gifted player at an outstanding $160 million. But despite his success, Yao Ming still reminisces about being back home.

Yao Ming Net WorthYao Ming Net Worth
Lisa Blumenfeld / Contributor via Getty Images

This was obvious when he shared a story about a teammate who gifted him two dollars for the Chinese New Year, as a joke. "I still have one of those two-dollar bills inside my pocket, and I carried it since then," Yao admitted. "Because I know no matter where I go, as long as that bill's in my pocket, home is with me."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

16. Carmelo Anthony - $160 Million

Carmelo Anthony is a 10-time All-Star player with three Olympic gold medals under his belt, but he also owns his own venture capital firm - Melo7 Tech Partners. So we’re not at all surprised that he has an estimated net worth of $160 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth.

Carmelo Anthony Net WorthCarmelo Anthony Net Worth
Alika Jenner / Contributor via Getty Images

And things are only looking up for this champion athlete, or so it would seem. Recently, LeBron James tweeted his aspiration to "put together an ownership group for the [Atlanta] Dream," a WNBA franchise. Anthony retweeted his fellow NBA star, writing, "Let's talk, bro!"

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

15. James Harden - $165 Million

James Harden has a noteworthy career playing for the three great NBA teams - Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his net worth has soared to an impressive $165 million since the beginning of his career. But his career motivations haven’t stopped there.

James Harden NBA WealthJames Harden NBA Wealth
Sarah Stier / Staff via Getty Images

"I pretty much reached and accomplished every individual stat and award that I can or that I'd want to. And it's always been about winning," he once shared. "Obviously, we've fallen short and didn't reach the goal... That's the reason why I'm here in Brooklyn. I'm still trying to chase that goal, chase that dream."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

14. Dwyane Wade - $170 Million

Dwayne Wade and his starlet wife Gabrielle Union are truly a power couple. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Wade is valued at $170 million, while his wife enjoys a net worth of $40 million. Imagine being the offspring of this brilliant celebrity couple!

Dwayne Wade Net WorthDwayne Wade Net Worth
Mike Ehrmann / Staff via Getty Images

Wade officially retired from basketball in 2019, and it allowed him to ramp up his entrepreneurial ventures. This iconic basketballer has partnered with Sacks Fifth Avenue, signed a shoe deal with a Chinese brand, and even released his own line of men’s accessories, socks, and underwear.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

13. Russell Westbrook - $200 Million

Russell Westbrook is another fantastic basketball player that has made money not just from his skills on the court, but through multiple brand endorsements over the years. Back in 2017, Westbrook was even approached by Air Jordan for a partnership worth around $150-200 million!

Russell Westbrook Net WorthRussell Westbrook Net Worth
Tim Nwachukwu / Staff via Getty Images

Currently, Westbrook's net worth stands at around $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He describes his method for juggling work and home life as thus - "I take it one day at a time," the player said after a game. "Enjoy this win tonight, go home, enjoy my family, and then get ready for [the next game] when that comes."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

12. Kevin Durant - $200 Million

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant certainly doesn't just keep his ambitions on the court. After a stunning career in the NBA, he co-founded an investment company for various start-ups, named Thirty Five Ventures. After all this work his net worth has expanded to a whopping $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Kevin Durant Richest NBAKevin Durant Richest NBA
Kevin C. Cox / Staff via Getty Images

Durant believes his business ambitions and athletic prowess are intertwined. "What's most important is to take care of my body so I can put my product back on the court," he said after an injury in 2019. "How well you play on the court determines how big your business is going to grow."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

11. Luol Deng - $200 Million

Luol Deng is another professional athlete who explored his ambitions far outside of the NBA. After he retired from basketball, Deng began investing in property in the Hamptons of all places, as well as family units in Baltimore. No wonder Celebrity Net Worth has his net worth pinned at $200 million.

Luol Deng NBA RichestLuol Deng NBA Richest
Michael Hickey / Stringer via Getty Images

Deng wants his fellow athletes to share this success and earning potential. "We talk about players going broke, but we don't talk about why this is happening," Deng said. "The symposiums were a way to teach players about real estate and foster a better understanding of these kinds of investments."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

10. David Robinson - $200 Million

David Robinson has the kind of career most men would drool over. After a fulfilling career playing for the San Antonio Spurs and winning two NBA championships and two Olympic golds to boot, Robinson soon moved on to business. After retiring, he became a venture capitalist and advisor.

David Robinson Wealth NBADavid Robinson Wealth NBA
The Sporting News / Contributor via Getty Images

Now, he has an estimated net worth of $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He attributes his success to the three rules he lives by. "Honor God with your first fruits, do the very best you can at everything you do and take pride in your work, and do unto others as you'd have them do unto you," he told Forbes magazine.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

9. Grant Hill - $250 Million

Even before joining the illustrious NBA, Grant Hill had his fair share of successes under his belt. He won two national championships for Duke and one Olympic gold medal at the 1996 games. He then went on to enjoy almost two decades as an NBA player, and later became the host of NBA Inside Stuff.

Grant Hill Richest NBAGrant Hill Richest NBA
Christian Petersen / Staff via Getty Images

But it was his joint-purchase of the Atlanta Hawks that really put him on the map, and boosted his net worth to $250 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He explained his continuing success, saying, "There are so many values and principles that one can take from sports, from team sports, and apply to life."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

8. Hakeem Olajuwon - $300 Million

Hakeem Olajuwon spent almost 20 years playing basketball with the Houston Rockets and Toronto Rappers. During his time he won a slew of awards including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP. Since retiring, he's found further success by investing extensively in real estate.

Hakeem Olajuwon NBA RichestHakeem Olajuwon NBA Richest
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

Nowadays, Olajuwon has maintained a career net worth of $300 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. Despite his stunning wealth, the former athlete doesn’t judge himself by his riches. "I was successful materially,” he said, “but I know life is much more than worldly success."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

7. Vinnie Johnson - $400 Million

Vinnie Johnson concluded his NBA career in 1992 with $5 million in savings, more than enough to set-up a comfortable post-retirement career. But rather than living off his savings, he invested them like a true businessman. He soon founded the Piston Group, an automotive supply company.

Vinnie Johnson NBA WealthyVinnie Johnson NBA Wealthy
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

But Vinnie’s business success was completely unprecedented - The Piston Group became the leading supplier of auto parts to many corporations including Ford and GM. The Piston Group has made an astounding $3 billion in revenue, which explains Johnson’s net worth of $400 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

6. Shaquille O'Neal - $400 Million

Shaquille O’Neal’s success hardly needs to be explained, and when Celebrity Net Worth announced his net worth as $400 million, we're sure not many were surprised. He once explained his approach to business success; "[I] heard Jeff Bezos say one time he makes his investments based on if it's going to change peoples' lives."

Shaquille O'Neal Net WorthShaquille O'Neal Net Worth
The Sporting News / Contributor via Getty Images

"Once I started doing that strategy, I think I probably quadrupled what I'm worth." But he also invests out of love, as seen in his investments in the Krispy Kreme franchise. “It’s a fabulous doughnut," Shaq said. "I was introduced to it in college and have been in love with it ever since."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

5. LeBron James - $600 Million

LeBron James is another household name, and without him, this list wouldn’t be complete. And it’s not just his NBA career that has placed him on this list - it’s his brilliant investing acumen and saving habits that have boosted his net worth to $600 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

LeBron James Net WorthLeBron James Net Worth
Harry How / Staff via Getty Images

Dwayne Wade even came out on Live With Kelly and Ryan, sharing that LeBron was the “cheapest” athlete that he and his wife have ever traveled alongside. LeBron agreed, saying, "I'm not turning on data roaming. I'm not buying any apps. I still got Pandora with commercials."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

4. Kobe Bryant - $600 Million

In light of the tragedy that took Kobe Bryant from the world far too soon, many have begun to look at his career achievements in both sports and business. Celebrity Net Worth shared that Bryant left his family with over $600 million, making him one of the wealthiest basketball players of all time.

Kobe Bryant Net WorthKobe Bryant Net Worth
Ronald Martinez / Staff via Getty Images

This isn’t just because he was a superstar player - Kobe also had partnerships with over 20 major brands throughout his career, including Mcdonald’s and Coca-Cola! He also invested heavily in business, and even started Bryant Stibel, a venture capital firm.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

3. Junior Bridgeman - $600 Million

In his younger years, Junior Bridgeman was best known for his prowess on the basketball court. But these days, he’s better known for his business ventures, which include running Bridgeman Foods, Inc. and Bridgeman Sports and Media. Celebrity Net Worth values him at $600 million.

Junior Bridgeman NBA RichestJunior Bridgeman NBA Richest
Focus On Sport / Contributor via Getty Images

At one point, he even owned 100 restaurants under the Wendy’s and Chili’s chain. After observing several meetings held by NBA owners, he had new business ventures. "They got their self-fulfillment out of making and creating something successful," Bridgeman explained. "I said to myself, 'That will last longer than basketball.'"

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

2. Magic Johnson - $620 Million

Magic Johnson is, without a doubt, one of the greatest entrepreneurs the NBA has ever seen. He's used his business-minded strategy to amass a net worth of over $620 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The former baller went from the LA Lakers to CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises as well as ownership of multiple sports teams.

Magic Johnson Net WorthMagic Johnson Net Worth
Stephen Dunn / Staff via Getty Images

Despite his success, Magic has acknowledged the time and effort he put in to be taken seriously off the court. "[My company has] been successful, we've been able to drive our way," he shared. "Everybody said, 'Okay, yeah, I see he knows business.' Now I'm good, but I had to build that track record of success over time."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

1. Michael Jordan - $2.2 Billion

And of course, no list would be complete without the most iconic legend in basketball history - Michael Jordan. He’s not only the wealthiest NBA player but easily one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. Forbes lists his net worth as a jaw-dropping $2.2 billion. And he sure has put in the work.

Michael Jordan Net WorthMichael Jordan Net Worth
Mike Powell / Staff via Getty Images

After retiring from the Chicago Bulls and giving up his extravagant NBA salary, Jordan was determined to take his success elsewhere. After enjoying extensive success teaming up with Nike, Hanes, Gatorade, and other major brands, he also became majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets back in 2011. What a life!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below