Steph Curry, now in his 12th season with the Golden State Warriors, has a resume already worthy of induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to an excellent collegiate career at Davidson, Curry is a two-time league MVP, a three-time NBA Champion and is widely seen as the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
Curry's on-court success has helped him making a killing financially, both from his NBA salary and endorsement deals.
Spotrac estimates that by the time that the 2020-21 season is completed, Curry will have made over $208 million in his career. Curry is due to make $45.7 million in 2021-22, the final season of a five-year pact in Golden State. They say the shot is the last thing to go, which should bode well for Curry, who is still only 32.
Curry's most notable endorsement deal is a shoe deal with Under Armour. Though some on the internet have been known to clown his signature shoes, he's believed to make $20 million a year from the Maryland-based company, so he gets the last laugh.
A six-time All-Star, Curry is estimated to be worth $130 million, meaning someday he could find himself among the wealthiest current or former NBA players. He's not quite there yet, though.
Courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth, here's a look at the 11 richest basketball players current or former NBA stars for 2021:
11 (tie). Dwyane Wade Net Worth - $170 Million
During more than a decade-and-a-half in the NBA, Wade made more than $196 million, most of which was paid by the Miami Heat. Wade has previously been endorsed by Converse and Jordan, but now makes $12 million a year from the Chinese company Li-Ning. For good measure, Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, is worth $40 million herself.
11 (tie). Kevin Durant Net Worth - $170 Million
While playing for the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and now the Brooklyn Nets, Durant has established himself as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, which has allowed him to collect nearly $265 million in his career so far. Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, will make $40.9 million in 2021-22, and has a player option for $42.8 million in 2022-23. He also makes $26 million a year as part of his shoe contract with Nike.
9. Hakeem Olajuwon Net Worth- $200 Million
"The Dream," made nearly $100 million during his illustrious playing career. Additionally, he had an endorsement deal with Spalding, one though that wasn't as lucrative as it potentially could have been, because Olajuwon wanted his shoes to be available to lower and middle-class kids. A two-time NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, Olajuwon's wealth has grown steadily since his retirement after the 2001-02 campaign.
8. David Robinson Net Worth - $200 Million
Robinson, per Spotrac, collected $110.7 million during his Hall of Fame career as a player. On top of that, Celebrity Net Worth reminds us that "The Admiral" has started two successful private equity firms. As it turns out, those that attend the United States Naval Academy tend to do pretty well in life.
7. Grant Hill Net Worth - $250 Million
For all the "what-ifs?" surrounding how Hill's career would be viewed if he didn't deal with so many injuries in his late 20s, he still hung around in the NBA for nearly two decades and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2018. The No. 3 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft made more than $140 million as a player, and is now a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.
5 (tie). Vinnie Johnson Net Worth- $400 Million
Make no mistake, Johnson - affectionally referred to as "The Microwave" - had a pretty impressive playing career, winning two champions with the Detroit Pistons. However, he's an example of someone on this list that has made significantly more money after his playing career concluded. Johnson made a few million dollars during his 13-year NBA career, but the overwhelming majority of his wealth comes from being the owner of Piston Group, which bills itself as "the world's largest value add assembly supplier."
5 (tie). Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq) Net Worth - $400 Million
There's a decent chance if you asked Shaq to film a commercial with you in your basement, he'd come, so long as he left with a worthwhile amount of money. One of the most dominant big men in NBA history, O'Neal made more than $285 million as a player, and has found quite a bit of post-career success. Shaq can currently be seen on ads for The General and Goldbond, but has also been part of endorsements with Burger King, Pepsi and Reebok, among others. It's also fair to assume that O'Neal commands a pretty hefty salary for his work on TBS' "Inside the NBA."
4. LeBron James Net Worth - $500 Million
It's only a matter of time before James is a billionaire. LeBron entered the NBA at age 18, and has made over $340 million in his career to this point. He's under contract through the 2022-23 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and has a shoe deal believed to be worth over $1 billion with Nike. The four-time NBA MVP collected $30 million from Apple when they purchased Beats By Dre in 2014, a company in which James had a 1% stake in. James is currently estimated to make $100 million per calendar year when you combine his NBA salary and other endorsements/investments, which means he very well could top this list someday.
2 (tie). Junior Bridgeman Net Worth - $600 Million
Bridgeman averaged 13.6 points per game during his 12-year NBA career, but like Roger Staubach, the majority of his earnings came after he stopped playing. As noted above, Bridgeman acquired much of his wealth through owning local Wendys and Chilis, which he sold in 2016. He's since also become a bottler for Coca-Cola and bought the magazine Ebony, so the 67-year-old continues to seek out new challenges in the business world.
2 (tie). Magic Johnson Net Worth - $600 Million
It's crazy to think about, but Johnson made less than $40 million during one of the most dominant playing careers ever. No problem, Johnson has used his incredible personal skills and smarts to find a ton of business success. Celebrity Net Worth says that Magic Johnson Enterprises is worth more than $1 billion, and he's part of the ownership group for the defending World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson has sold equity in the Lakers, along with quite a large investment in Starbucks. Johnson has had one of the more interesting lives you can imagine, and has made his fair share of money in the process.
Who is the richest basketball player of all time?
1. Michael Jordan Net Worth - $2.2 Billion
Viewed by many as the greatest player in NBA history, Jordan has turned his basketball acumen into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The six-time NBA Champion made over $90 million as a player and makes $130 million a year from Nike, as part of his iconic "Air Jordan" brand. Not only does Jordan own his hometown Charlotte Hornets, but 23XI racing with NASCAR star Denny Hamlin.