It pays to play in the NBA. Ever since the ’80s when shoe deals began blowing up, the greatest stars in the NBA have found ways to bolster their bank accounts. Whether it is the balloon-sized $200+ million contracts of today, or other business ventures by older stars, the best of the best have always been able to take care of their families. From Shaquille O’Neal to LeBron James to Stephen Curry, these are the net worths of the NBA’s biggest stars!
Yao Ming – $120 Million
One of the best big men to ever transition from China to the NBA was Yao Ming. Standing over seven feet tall, he was a dominant force that fans around the world loved.
Thanks to his international fame, Ming was able to grab many lucrative endorsements from major companies like Apple. In 2008, Forbes reported Ming earned $51 million from various sources. And although the star’s career was cut short by injury, he remains today as one of China’s most recognizable athletes.