Sportsmen, especially the professional basketball players from the NBA, get paid handsomely to entertain spectators and win championships. While some of these players are worth their weight in gold, other less performing players cash in on the league’s sweet guaranteed contract money. Here is a list on 15 of the richest NBA players. We haven’t taken their endorsement deals into consideration; this list is entirely based on their career earnings. Hence, Lebron James finds himself low on the pecking order.
15. Allen Iverson
Estimated career basketball earnings: $154 million
Also known as The Answer, Allen Iverson was renowned for his fearless style of play. His skill set and endeavors on the court allowed him to make the All-Star team 10 years in a row. The man single-handedly led the 76ers to the NBA Finals in the 2000-2001 season and commanded a cool $20.8 million during his prime. He is a four-time scoring champ and three-time steals champ.
14. Rasheed Wallace
Estimated career basketball earnings: $158 million
In his 16 year NBA career, Rasheed Wallace was able to earn a fortune of $158 million. He retired with an average of 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. The man was instrumental in the Detroit Pistons’ win over the Lakers in the 2004 Finals championship. In his last year with the Portland Trail Blazers, he reportedly made $17 million.
13. Vince Carter
Estimated career basketball earnings: $162 million
Although Vince Carter never lived up to his Michael Jordan comparison, he has still managed to accumulate a whopping $162 million in his career. At his prime, he commanded an annual salary of $18.3 million. Carter and John Havlicek are the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists, with less than 2,500 turnovers.