Not only do professional athletes get idolized for playing great game, they also get paid the big bucks to do it. A pro NBA player rakes in a hefty salary each season as well as lucrative endorsement deals for things like appearing on a box of Wheaties or making an appearance at a corporate event. Savvy NBA players also branch out into entrepreneurship and entertainment– some opening restaurants or starring in multi-million dollar blockbuster films. At the end of the day, they are just great athletes but also great businessmen. Here’s a look at the 10 wealthiest NBA players of all time, Can you guess how high on the list are Magic Johnson and Air Jordan?
Gary Payton – $130 million
Starting the list off is Gary “the glove” Payton’s career, who began his career in 1990 after he was the second overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft. During his time at Oregon State University, Payton rose to become one of the school’s best players to date. After being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, he went onto create one of the most lucrative careers in basketball history. With a career spanning nearly two decades, Payton is the only point guard to have received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. On top of that, he also happens to be the 10th richest player in NBA history.
A Glimpse Of Payton’s Life
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