Top 10 richest basketball players in 2021

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The list of top ten richest basketball players in 2021, current net worth, salaries and endorsements. The top ten richest basketball player's list covers players that are still active in basketball.

List of top ten richest basketball player in the world in 2021

Complete list of top ten richest basketball players in 2021, their current net worth, salaries and endorsements. The top ten richest basketball player's list covers players that are still active in basketball.

The basketball league, especially the National Basketball Association, NBA had produced many talented players since its invention in 1946. Most players have grown and practised constantly to become more talented than others; they have put in more hard work to achieve the MVP award.

In the past, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, late Bryan Kobe, and so many others have made basketball leagues enjoyable.

Recently modern basketball players have made many people continue to develop a passion for basketball more than ever. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo have helped make basketball one of the best sports in the world.

These players have earned huge salaries that have increased their net worth and become one of the richest players in basketball sports.

Let us look at the top ten richest basketball players in the world in 2021.

Top 10 richest basketball players in 2021

  1. LeBron James - Net Worth $500 million
  2. Kevin Durant - Net Worth $170 million
  3. Russell Westbrook - Net Worth $170 million
  4. James Harden - Net Worth $165 million
  5. Carmelo Anthony - $160 million
  6. Dwight Howard - Net Worth $140 Million
  7. Chris Paul - Net Worth $130 Million
  8. Stephen Curry - Net Worth $130 million
  9. Blake Griffin - Net Worth $110 million
  10. Derrick Rose - Net Worth $90 million

1. LeBron James - Net Worth $500 million

Famous basketball players LeBron James is the richest basketball player in the world in 2021, with a massive net worth of $500 million. The well-known 6 ft 8 inches basketball player has earned huge salaries that have helped him become the richest basketball player in 2021.

Los Angeles Lakers' superstar LeBron James is the richest basketball player in the world in 2021

LeBron James is a United States-born basketball player that plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Association of Basketball, NBA. He joined the Lakers in 2018 on a four-year contract worth $153 million.

James is one of the most recognised players in the NBA currently. He is regarded as one of the best basketball players in the history of the NBA.

He has already created history in the NBA, with the Lakers and his former clubs. He is a four-time NBA's MVP winner.

LeBron James' primary source of income that has helped him become the richest basketball player in the ranking of the top ten richest basketball players in the world in 2021 is his off-field salaries worth $65 million in 2020.

James has many endorsements with different companies, including his new deal with PepsiCo since leaving his longtime partnership with Coca-Cola.

Other of his endorsements include 2K Sports, AT&T, Beats Electronics, GMC, KIA Motors, Nike, RIMOWA, Walmart.

James has his own production companies SpringHill Entertainment and a media company that gives him more income to boost his net worth in 2021.

Adding to his endorsements and investments that have helped him become the richest basketball player in the world in 2021 is his salary from basketball that fetches him $31.5m annually.

2. Kevin Durant - Net Worth $170 million

Kevin Durant is the second richest basketball player in the world in 2021 in the ranking of the top ten richest basketball players in the world.

Durant is an American professional basketball player that plays for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. He joined Brooklyn Nets on a four-year worth $164 million after leaving Golden State Warriors in 2019.

Kevin Durant is the second richest basketball player in the world

The 6 ft 9 inches superstar is one of the most popular basketball players in the world, owing to his good performances in the NBA. He is also the 10th highest-paid athlete in 2021.

In 2020 Durant received an annual salary worth $31 million that helped increase his net worth to make it one of the world's top ten richest basketball players.

His off-field salaries also earn him lots of money. In 2020 Durant received an off-field payment worth $44 million from his endorsements, including Degree, Master & Dynamic, Nike and YouTube.

The superstar's YouTube channel has 800,000 subscribers, and that has also helped boost his net worth in 2021 to become the second richest basketball player in the world.

3. Russell Westbrook - Net Worth $170 million

Russell Westbrook is the third richest basketball player in 2021, with a net worth of $170 million. He has an equal net worth with Kevin Durant in the second position of the top ten richest basketball players in the world in 2021.

Russell Westbrook is the third richest basketball player in the world in 2021

Westbrook currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, NBA, after leaving Houston in 2020.

Due to Westbrook's talent, his contract with Washington Wizards fetches him an annual salary of $33m, a huge amount that has raised him to become the third richest basketball player in the world in 2021.

Adding to Westbrook's salary that has helped boost his net worth is his endorsements with Nike that earns him an annual payment worth $26m.

Due to his quality and talent, Russel Westbrook is also the 14 highest-paid athlete in the world in 2021.

4. James Harden - Net Worth $165 million

James Harden is the fourth richest basketball player in the world in 2021, with a net worth of $165m. Harden is an American basketball player that is currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA.

James Harden is the 4th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

Harden spent nine years in his former club, Houston Rockets, before moving to Brooklyn Net in the 2020 season. He is a very talented player that has shown his quality on many occasions.

Harden has earned many achievements in basketball owing to his talent, including six All-NBA first-team selection, nine NBA All-Star, NBA's Most Valuable Player, MVP 2018 ad many more.

With such a great talent James Harden has pocketed so many huge salaries in past years that has helped him become the fourth richest basketball player in the world in the ranking of the top ten richest basketball players in 2021, including his lucrative salary in Houston.

At Houston, Harden signed a four-year contract extension worth $171 million in 2017.

Adding to Harden's salary that has helped him become one of the world's richest basketball players in the world is his contracts with different companies that have earned him so much fortune in past years.

His current endorsements earn him over $18m annually, including Adidas, Beats Electronics, BodyArmor,goPuff, Shanghai Pudong Development, State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance.

5. Carmelo Anthony - $160 million

Carmelo Anthony is the fifth richest basketball player in the world in 2021. He has a lucrative net worth of $160 m. Anthony is an American professional basketball player that plays for Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association, NBA League.

Carmelo Anthony is the 5th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

He has played for four different teams in the NBA since he started his career, including Denver Nuggets for 8 years, New York Knicks for 7 years, Oklahoma City Thunder a year, Houston Rockets a year and currently Portland Trail Blazers.

Since making his professional debut with Denver in 2003 in the NBA, Anthony has been regarded as one of the best basketball players in the NBA due to his great talent and quality.

He has earned many achievements with his quality, including ten-time NBA All-Star and six-time All-NBA team. He has also won the Olympic Golds Award three times, the highest for any male basketball player.

His earnings in different NBA clubs have helped him become one of the richest basketball players in 2021. Currently, Anthony earns an annual salary worth $28m.

His endorsements with some companies also helped increase his net worth to become the 5th richest basketball player in the world. He has an expensive contract with Foot Locker, Nike and Panini.

6. Dwight Howard - Net Worth $140 Million

Dwight Howard is the sixth richest basketball player in the world in 2021, with a huge net worth of $140 m. He is an American basketball player that plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.

Dwight Howard is the 6th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

He plays in the centre position in basketball. Howard has enjoyed many years of his career in different NBA clubs and has won many achievements due to his talent.

Howard is an 8th times All-Star, one time NBA champion, five-time All-NBA Team member, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

His awards have helped him gain a big net worth in 2021 to become the 6th richest basketball player in the world. He currently earns an annual salary worth $24.3 m.

He also signed an endorsement with Peak Sports that earns him an annual payment of $3.5 m. This endorsement has helped him reach such a mile as one of the richest basketball players in the world.

7. Chris Paul - Net Worth $130 Million

Chris Paul is the seventh richest basketball player in the world in 2021. He has an enormous salary worth $130 m. Chris Paul is an American professional basketball player.

Chris Paul is the 7th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

He currently plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA, having played for four different clubs in the past, including New Orleans, L.A. Clippers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The point guard basketball player is regarded as one of the best talented players in the NBA. He has won so many awards that have pushed his net worth to become the seventh richest basketball player in the world.

His achievements include the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals and many more.

Currently, at Phoenix, Chris Paul earns an annual salary worth $24 m. He also earns an annual payment worth $6 m from his endorsements which have helped him become the 7th-richest basketball player in 2021, including his endorsements with Panini, Nike, Air Jordan, Tissot, and State Farm. 

8. Stephen Curry - Net Worth $130 million

Stephen Curry is the eighth richest basketball player in the world in 2021, with a net worth of $130 m. Curry currently is one of the most recognised basketball players in the NBA.

The superstar has been praised by players and analysts for his quality and has been regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history.

Stephen Curry is the 8th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

The point guard position player has enjoyed his career in basketball since he made his debut for Golden State Warriors in 2009. He has won many awards that have helped increase his net worth to become the 8th richest basketball player in 2021.

He has won the NBA Most Valuable Player twice, and he is also a seven-time NBA All-Star. Curry as a key player for Golden State Warrior, has won the NBA Championship with the club on three different occasions.

Having enjoyed a successful career so far in the NBA, Stephen curry has earned lucrative salaries that helped increase his net worth to become one of the richest basketball players in 2021.

He currently earns an annual salary worth $34.5 m. Even though Curry's salary is such a huge amount, it might surprise you to know that Curry's main source of income that has boosted his net worth comes from his endorsements.

Curry's endorsements are worth an annual payment of $40 m, including his endorsements with Callaway Golf, CarMax, Google, OXIGEN Beverages Inc., Under Armour.

9. Blake Griffin - Net Worth $110 million

Blake Griffin is the 9th richest basketball player with a net worth of $110 m. Griffin is an American basketball player that plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association, NBA.

Blake Griffin is the 9th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

Since making his debut in 2010, Griffin has played for three different clubs in the NBA. He made his professional debut in Los Angeles Clippers, where he spent eight years before he was traded to Detroit Pistons in 2018, then currently to Brooklyn Nets in 2021.

Playing for all these clubs, Griffin has earned so many salaries that have helped boost his net worth to become one of the richest basketball players in the world.

He currently earns an annual salary worth $25.9m. Adding to Griffin's salary is his endorsements which have also helped him become the 9th-richest basketball player in the world in 2021.

His endorsements include Nike, Panini and Red Bull. Griffin also co-owns a production company with the NFL's Matt Kalil.

10 Derrick Rose - Net Worth $90 million

Derrick Rose is the 10th richest basketball player in the world in 2021, with a massive net worth of $90 m. Rose is a United States born basketball player that plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, NBA.

Derrick Rose is the 10th richest basketball player in the world in 2021

He has played for six different clubs in the NBA, including Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons. Rose has been regarded as one of the talented players in the NBA.

He has won many awards in his career, including the NBA's Most Valuable Player MVP, which made him become the youngest basket player to win the award in NBA's history.

His other awards include the NBA All-Star selection three times, one-time All-NBA First Team, NBA Rookie of the Year 2009, NBA All-Rookie First Team 2009, Skills Challenge Champion and many others.

All these awards have helped Derrick Rose make it to the top ten richest basketball players in 2021.

Derrick Rose currently earns a huge annual salary worth $21.3m and endorsements that pay him $13 m per year, a big payment to boost his net worth, including his endorsements with Adidas and Powerade.