Basketball’s Moneyballers: The USA’s Top 20 Richest Players

Britney Gardner

Richest Basketball Players in the USA

Basketball is one of the most famous sports in the world, having a large following because of the large sums of money that can be won. By revenue, it’s the third-largest sports league across the globe.

In terms of fame and wealth, basketball has produced some wealthy athletes. In this article, we’ve provided the list of the top 20 richest basketball players of all time. If you enjoy basketball, you’ve landed in the right place.

The list contains the most famous and rich National Basketball Association (NBA) players in the USA.

List of 20 Richest Basket Ball Players in USA 20232024

Player NameSalaryPositionTeam
Stephen Curry$48,070,014ShooterGolden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook$47,063,478Point GuardLos Angeles Lakers/Utah Jazz
LeBron James$44,474,988             Small forward/Power ForwardLos Angeles Lakers
Bradley Beal$43,279,250Shooting Guard/Point GuardWashington Wizards
Kevin Durant$42,969,845Power Forward/small forwardBrooklyn Nets/Phoenix Suns
Paul George$42,492,568Shooting Guard/small forwardLos Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard$42,492,492Small ForwardLos Angeles Clippers
Damian Lillard$42,492,492Point GuardPortland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson$40,600,080Shooting Guard/small forwardGolden State Warriors
Chris Paul$344,120,565Point GuardGolden State Warriors
James Harden$304,996,502Point Guard/Shooting GuardPhiladelphia 76ers
Anthony Davis$309,827,834Center/power forwardLos Angeles Lakers
Kevin Garnett$334,304,240Power Forward/CenterRetired
Shaquille O’Neal$286,344,668CenterRetired
Carmelo Anthony$266,350,839Small forward/power forwardRetired
John Wall$44,310,840Point GuardHouston Rockets
Blake Griffin$36,595,996Power ForwardDetroit Pistons
Kyle Lowry$34,996,296Point GuardToronto Raptors
Michael Jordan$33,140,000Shooting Guard/small forwardChicago Bulls
Magic Johnson$14,660,000Point Guard/Shooting GuardRetired – Los Angeles Lakers

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Wardell Stephen Curry commonly known as Stephen Curry is one of the most famous and richest basketball players in the USA. He is highly notable as the greatest shooter and one of the greatest players of all time. Stephen Curry played for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He has won several awards in the NBA for his sharpshooting. Stephen Curry is also a brand endorser, venture capital investor who worked with companies like Nike, Armour, and TCL’s “Palm” phone line. At present Stephen Curry has a net worth of $160 Million, making him one of the richest NBA players in the USA.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook Image (Facebook)

Russell Westbrook is a well-known American professional basketball player, having a net worth of $200 Million. He is a player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Russell Westbrook is a nine-time NBA All-Star and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) for the 2016–17 season. He is one of the top 20 highest-paid Basketball players in the USA both in terms of salary and endorsements.

LeBron James

LeBron James
LeBron James

LeBron James popularly known as Bron is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is nicknamed “King James” by his fans. Bron James is extensively regarded as one of the greatest NBA players.

Besides the sport, LeBron James is also an entrepreneur with a net worth of $480 million. It is believed that LeBron James earns around $50 million in salary from the NBA and approx. $55 million from endorsements. Lebron James is possibly one of the richest basketball players in the USA.

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal is a well-known American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before getting selected for the Washington Wizards, he played college basketball for the Florida Gators.

He is one of the highest-paid players in the NBA, earning a salary of $49.8 Million. It is estimated that Beal earns around $6.5 Million from the endorsements.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is one of the highest-earning and wealthiest basket players in the USA. He started his career in 2007 with Seattle SuperSonics. Since 2019, Durant has the part of team Brooklyn Nets and has won two NBA championships and two Finals MVPs. He has also played for the Golden State Warriors.

Apart from the sport, Durant worked with Jay-Z with the Roc Nation Group and endorsed many products, such as Nike, Sprint, and General Electric. He is one of the top 20 richest basketball players in the USA.

Paul George

Paul Clifton Anthony George commonly known as Paul George is an American professional NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers. He started his career with the Indiana Pacers.

Paul George is an eight-time NBA All-Star and six-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a four-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team.

He has won a gold medal at the Olympic Games and is recognized as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. He has a net worth of $90 Million, making him one of the wealthiest MBA players.

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Anthony Leonard well known as Kawhi Leonard is an American professional NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers. In July 2019, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent on a three-year, $103 million contract.

Kawhi Leonard signed a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, a max deal worth $176.3 million over four years. He made an earning of $42.5 Million from the sport and around $8 Million from the endorsement. He is undoubtedly one of the richest basketball players in the world.

Damian Lillard

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. also known as Damian Lillard is a popular American professional NBA basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2012, he earned third-team All-American honors as well as won a gold medal on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo.

He is one of the highest-paid actors with earnings of $58.6 million. Damian Lillard has also released four studio albums under his rap name, Dame D.O.L.L.A. He is also a global ambassador for the Special Olympics.

Klay Thompson

Klay Alexander Thompson popularly known as Klay Thompson is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He is highly renowned as one of the greatest three-point shooters in the history of the sport.

Thompson is a five-time NBA All-Star, a four-time NBA champion with the Warriors, and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree.

He re-signed his contract with the Golden State Warriors in 2019 worth $190 million over five years. Moreover, Thompson has a ten-year deal with Chinese shoe brand Anta for $80 million before bonuses and royalties. He is also a co-founder of Just Live CBD.

Chris Paul

Chris Paul, nicknamed “The Point God”, is a well-known pro-basketball player from America for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is recognized as one of the most successful point guards in the history of the sport.

He started playing for the New Orleans Hornets from 2005 to 2011. From 2011 to 2017, he played for the Los Angeles Clippers, then Houston Rockets from 2017 to 2019, and the Phoenix Suns. Currently, he is playing for the Golden State Warriors. With a net worth of $160 Million, Chris Paul is one of the richest Basketball players in the world.

James Harden

James Edward Harden Jr. popularly known as James Harden is an American professional NBA basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is recognized as one of the greatest scorers and shooting guards in the history of the sport.

In July 2022, Harden signed a two-year contract with the Sixers for $68.6 million. He also became one of the faces of the Adidas endorsement deal for an NBA campaign worth $200 million. Currently, his net worth is estimated to be around $165 Million.

Anthony Davis

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. nicknamed “AD”, is an American professional NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis is an eight-time NBA All-Star and has been named to four NBA All-Defensive Teams and four All-NBA First Teams. He is widely known as one of the greatest power forwards of all time.

He signed a 5-year, $190 million contract in 2020 to stay in the team of Lakers. Besides the earnings from the sport, Anthony Davis made around $10 Million from the endorsements. He is one of the top 20 richest Basketball players in the USA.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Maurice Garnett nicknamed KG, is an American former professional NBA basketball player who played for 21 seasons. Garnett is notable for being one of the greatest power forwards of all time and also being known for his defensive ability, intensity, and versatility.

Garnett’s first and last team was the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played around 13 seasons for this team throughout his career.

It is estimated that Kevin Garnett has a net worth around $190 million as of 2023. The major source of his earnings was his career as an athlete and endorsements.

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal known commonly as Shaq, is an American ex-professional NBA basketball player who is a sports analyst on “Inside the NBA” television program.

He enjoyed three All-Star Game MVP awards, and All-Star Game selections, and was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Shaq has appeared in many movies and television shows as well as worked as a rapper on four rap albums.

At present, he has a net worth of $400 Million, making him one of the top 10 richest Basketball Players in the USA.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American former professional NBA basketball player. In 2003, he started his career in the sport and played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) throughout his career.

He was called a 10-times NBA All-Star and six-times All-NBA Team member. Carmelo Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and the national team at three Olympic Games. As per the resources, he has around $160 Million net worth.

John Wall

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. popularly known as John Wall is an American professional basketball player. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

His earnings are estimated to be $47. 8 million from the sport. As per the Forbes 2023 survey, John wall is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes. 

Blake Griffin

Born on March 16, 1989, Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional NBA basketball player. Griffin last played for the Boston Celtics.

In 2009, Blake Griffin started his career with the Los Angeles Clippers as a professional basketball player and has played for many teams throughout his career.

In addition to Basketball, Griffin has appeared on several television shows such as the Eric Andre Show, The Female Brain, etc. At present, he has a net worth of $110 Million, making him one of the richest basketball players in the USA.

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Terrell Lowry is a well-known American professional NBA basketball player for the Miami Heat. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2016, A six-time All-Star, and won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

He also won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. Lowry signed a 3-year deal with Toronto worth $100 million. In 2019, he signed a one-year of contract extension worth $30 million for the 2020-21 season. Currently, he is one of the most successful and richest Basketball players in the world.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan nicknamed MJ, is an American ex-professional basketball player and businessman. He is highly renowned to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He is undoubtedly, the richest and most popular basketball player in the world.

Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $1.6 billion, making him the richest basketball player in the USA.

Magic Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. popularly known as Magic Johnson is an American businessman and ex-professional NBA basketball player. He is widely regarded as the greatest point guard of all time.

Throughout his career, he won many rewards and trophies including All-star honors twelve times, NBA MVP Awards three times, etc. He is also an Olympic gold medalist.

Johnson is also a successful businessman and has a net worth of $600 million. His successful career allows him to be on the list of the top 20 richest basketball players in the world.

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