Richest NBA Players of All Time Ranked in Order for 2022

Basketball is one of the most followed, most-watched, and most popular sports in America and globally. Not just that, the NBA generates about $7-$10 billion in revenue every season. It is not surprising that the players themselves are worth hundreds of millions.

1. Michael Jordan

He is not only the best basketball player of all time, but he is also the richest. Michael Jordan is retired but still commands respect and earns big from major sponsors, Nike and Hanes. Michael is also a businessman.

2. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is a retired professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and former president of basketball operations at the Los Angeles Lakers. He once owned 105 Starbucks franchises which he sold back to the company in 2010. He also sold his 4.5% stake in the Lakers.

3. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (of blessed memory) was one of the highest-paid basketball players of his time, and he was also one of the most gifted and sought-after shooting guards and small forwards. Kobe played his entire career at the Los Angeles Lakers before the unfortunate crash that took his life.

4. LeBron James

LeBron James sits comfortably in the 4th spot, having made a fortune from massive wages, contracts, and sponsorship deals. James is an absolute beast on the courts and easily passes as one of the top 3 best basketball players in recent times and one of the best in NBA history.

5. Shaquille O'Neal

Big Shaq is a former professional basketball player and one of the best centers. His 19-year career is riddled with achievements and memorable partnerships with other top players, including the late Kobe Bryant. Shaq has since gravitated towards sports analysis, film, television, and business.

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