In this piece, we compile a list of the top ten (10) richest NBA players in the world in 2021.
There is no doubt that the NBA is one of the highest paying sport in the world, this is evident in the annual salary of each of the players in this sport.
1. Lebron James – Net worth: $440 million
Lebron James earns a yearly salary of about $37.4 million. Lebron is often regarded as the greatest owing to his impressive records.
He has won three NBA championships, four NBA MVP Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. He has played for teams like Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and currently Los Angeles Lakers.
2. Kevin Durant – Net worth: $170 million
Kevin Wayne Durant started his career at Oklahoma City Thunder, before moving to Golden State Warriors, and currently plays for Brooklyn Nets.
He started his career in 2007, and in 2014 he was named the most valuable player. In 2017 and 18, he won the NBA championship.
3. James Harden – Net worth: $145 Million
James Edward Harden Jr. Started his career in 2009, after being selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played for Oklahoma City for three years before moving to Houston Rockets in 2012.
In 2018, Harden was named the NBA Most Valuable Player, and was a two-time member of the United States national basketball team, winning gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.
4. Stephen Curry – Net worth: $130 million
With an annual salary of $40.2 Million, Stephen curry is the fourth on our list of the richest NBA player in 2021. He started his career in 2009, with the Golden State Warriors, and currently plies his trade with this team.
He is a six-time NBA All-Star, a two time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and won three NBA championships with the Warriors.
5. Russell Westbrook – Net worth: $125 Million
Russell Westbrook pockets $58.5 million dollars annually with his current team Houston Rockets. He started his professional career in 2008, with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Westbrook has represented the United States national team twice, winning gold medals in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.
6. Carmelo Anthony – Net worth: $120 million
Since making his debut in 2003 for Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony has gone on to play for four different teams, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and currently Portland Trail Blazers.
He has played in the Olympics for the US national team a record four times, winning a bronze medal with the 2004 squad and gold medals on 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic teams.
7. Chris Paul – Net worth: $120 million
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is a two time Olympic gold medalist and currently plays for Oklahoma City Thunder with an annual income of $38.5 Million.
He started his career in 2005 with the New Orleans Hornets, before going to play for teams like Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets.
8. Kyrie Irving – Net worth: $70 million
Kyrie Irving earns a whopping $51.7 million annually with his current team Brooklyn Nets. He started his career at Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011, and moved to Boston Celtics in 2017, before making to Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
In 2016, he won the NBA with Cleveland, and he has also played for the United States national team, with which he won gold at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
9. Giannisa Antetokounmpo – Net worth: $60 million
Nicknamed the Greek Freak, Giannisa was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in June 2019. He started his career in the youth setup of the Greece based basketball ball team Filathlitikos, before moving to Milawaukee Bucks in 2013.
10. Damian Lillard – Net worth: $50 million
In 2012, Lillard started his career with the Portland Trail Blazers and currently earns $28.9 million annually. In the same year when he was selected by Portland, he was voted as the NBA Rookie of the Year.