The NBA has become a global sport since the 1980s, when it first burst onto the global scene during the heyday of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and later on, Michael Jordan. Player salaries, which started off in the hundreds of dollars per season range when the league was first created in 1947, have now risen to multi-million dollars - of the 450 players in the league, fewer than 30 are earning less than $1 million today irrespective of their playing time and role on their respective teams.
What follows here is a list of the 10 highest net worth individuals to have played in the NBA. Unsurprisingly, all of the players on this list are either in the Hall of Fame, or are shoo-ins to make it to Springfield a couple of years after their retirements.
#10 Tim Duncan - $150 million
One of the greatest no. 1 overall pick in NBA history, Tim 'Big Fundamental' Duncan played 19 seasons in the NBA, spending all of them with the San Antonio Spurs organization. OVer the course of his career, Duncan earned over $236 million in player salaries and added over $100 million to that sum in endorsement deals.
Duncan recouped $7.5 million worth of sunk investments from his ex-financial adviser Charles Banks following a long and protracted legal proceeding.in the year 2017. Duncan is now a performance advisor for the Spurs organization and still receives a $6 million salary for his playing days.