Basketball players income
As most people know professional sport players makes tons of money. But how much do they really make? Considering basketball is a very popular sport and most people know about it and most know at least one professional player. So who is the most highly payed NBA player out there? Lets find out.
At the moment according to ESPN.com the highest payed player is Kobe Bryant. His salary is about $23,500,000. The top five, first being Kobe then Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, then Chris Bosh, lowest being payed at a measly $20,644,000. Although there area already making loads of money this is only there salary without including all the endorsements most of these players are getting. With endorsements their salaries sky rocket. Leading the column of highest salary including endorsements according to Forbes.com LeBron James makes 64.6 million dollars. Kobe Bryant, in second place, who was topping the list of highest payed just from NBA, makes around 59.8 million. In third place is Oklahoma City Thunders Kevin Durant making around 54 million. You can see all three of these players all over. On the television during games, and the commercials, and on billboards when you are just walking or driving around. According to Sporteology.com basketball is the number one highest paid sports in the world, followed second by boxing, then Auto racing, Golf, American Football, Soccer, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Baseball, and at 10th place Cycling.
Minimum wage is also very different for these players. They can not just be playing for nearly nothing, but there minimum wage can keep them living a very goof life. At Realgm.com it gives a scale showing minimum wages for players. For a player with no years of NBA experience the minimum salary is $473,604. For a player with one year experience its $762,195 two years $854,389 four years $915,852 five years $992,680 six years $1,069,509 seven years $1,146,337 eight years $1,223,166 nine years $1,229,255 and 10+ years of experience $1,352,181. So Even if you are not getting paid the huge bucks, you will still be getting plenty of money to live on a even to spoil yourself with.
Back to the endorsements Nike rules the NBA with 278 of the players sponsored by them and wearing their shoes according to Forbes.com. This also is not counting the extra 32 players who are sponsored by jordan, a branch owned by nike. Many of the popular well-known athletes are sponsored by nike such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce and LeBron James. Overall nike is main king of the court when in comes to sponsorship with Adidas in second place but way behind at 71 players endorsed.
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Theres lots of talk and debate about who is the best player in NBA history and the two players that continue to come up are Michael Jordan And Lebron James. They are undoubtfully the some of the best players to ever play in the NBA but people never really get figure out who is better because they played in different eras and times of the game. So which one is it, Lebron or Jordan?
First off lets start with Lebron James. He is currently playing professional for the Cleveland Cavaliers and is the best player right now. Against jordan this is what Isiah Thomas had to say about lebron. He said that “LeBron James is the best athlete of today, and he’s probably a better athlete than Michael Jordan was. He’s bigger, he’s faster, he’s stronger.” That is what many people think, that lebron is more athletic and bigger and stronger and better from that standpoint, and we can see from his game today that that does work to his advantage very well.
Although he is more athletic and bigger and stronger that does not necessarily mean that he is a better basketball player. Buisness Insider was very firm with there answer saying “Right now, that answer is a resounding NO! When you look at the numbers, and you consider how good Jordan was for so long, the answer is no, no, no. Not even close.” What he is talking about when he says the numbers he means there stats. This was there stats : “James averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. He became the first rookie since Jordan to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
He also shot 41.7 percent from the field and he won the Rookie of the Year award. He made the All-Rookie first team, but he didn’t make the All-NBA team. He doesn’t have playoff stats because his team didn’t make the playoffs.” and “Jordan averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He became the second rookie in NBA history to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He’s also the only rookie to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Jordan shot an amazing 51.5 percent from the field and led the league in points. He won the Rookie of the Year award and made the All-NBA second team. In the playoffs, he played 4 games and averaged 29.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field.” for the first 9 years of each of their careers. From this you can see that with the stats Jordan was a better player.
The answer will never really be known who was a better player because they never got to play each other. But so far what we can see is that Jordan is a better player through the stats book, but lebron is a better athlete and more fit. People will still always make the argument but in my eyes the stats do not lie. When you look at them you can see that Jordan was an overall better player than Lebron.
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In the past many players have went straight from high school to the pros. Some say that the players should have to take at least a year of college before moving on to the pros, but other still think that if they have the talent that they should be able to go straight to the pros, without ever taking foot on a college campus as a student. There are many pros and cons about wether they should or should not have to attend college before entering the National Basketball Association.
First of one of the pros would be time. Spending time practicing is very important to be good in any sport and “Most people don’t realize the amount of teaching these kids receive in the NBA before and after practice. In college there are time restraints on how long a player can be in the gym. In the pros there are no limitations, and these kids are practicing and playing with the best players in the world”(Carter, Fred). This is one of the pros of going straight to the pros as a basketball player. If you do you will in the end most likely be a better player than one of the kids who had to go to college for one year before. They would have a full year of more experience than the other, and when it comes to the game of basketball experience and practice is very important. You have to know how the game works against different teams and the transition from college into the NBA playing against the best player in the world is very hard.
Also in the from the same article above, which was written on ESPN by Fred Carter, an NBA analysis for ESPN, he stated that its all about the cash. In the people have to make money to live and “The point of college is to receive a better education to increase your ability to make more money. The best high school players can bypass college and go straight to the money. As Rod Tidwell said in ‘Jerry Maguire’: ‘Show me the money!’” (Carter, Fred). This is another pro about going straight the big leagues. You can quickly make some money and minimum wage for a rookie NBA is an outstanding $490,180 as of the 2011-2012 season. They can make there money fast and live a better, more money filled, future.
Some people think that if you go straight for the NBA key factors will be missing such as maturity or work ethic, and this may be true. Fred Carter also put out that “A young high school kid usually doesn’t realize how hard he has to work in the NBA and is left shell-shocked. He’s been Big Man On Campus in high school, and suddenly he isn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest anymore. It’s a huge adjustment” (Carter, Fred). It’s hard for people who have been doing the same thing in practices and games throughout there high school year to change the work ethics. This is saying that, most likely, if you are going straight to the NBA you were most likely the best player on your high school team. Its hard for someone who used to always dominate to transfer into a league or to a team where he could be one of the worst players on the team, because he playing with veterans, who know the style of play much more then him. But I think that if you are one of the best players, you will be able to adjust, it might take some time and hard work, but the players willing to go straight to the NBA and have already put in hours of work on there game, are willing to put hours more out there to get into the swing of things at the NBA level.
Overall there are some pros, and there are some cons about going straight to the NBA from high school, but I think that overall people should be able to do it. Some of the best players, like Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James never went to college and look where they are now, one, kobe Bryant, on his way to retirement of a great career and heading the greats of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The other, LeBron James, the best player in the league right now, driving his team to the NBA Finals to potentially win another title and MVP award.
Carter, Fred. “ESPN.com: NBA – Pros and Cons of High Schoolers Going Pro.” ESPN.com: NBA – Pros and Cons of High Schoolers Going Pro. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015
There are hundreds of players throughout the Nba and many more that have already retired, and out of those players there has to some outstanding players that were dominant and the best players. On Nba.com they took vote for the best 50 players who are currently retired at the time. “At the start of the 1996-97 season the 50 players had accumulated 107 NBA Championships, 49 Most Valuable Player Awards, 17 Rookie of the Year honors, 447 All-Star Game selections, 36 scoring titles, 923,791 total points and 410,327 total rebounds.” (NBA.com). That is a lot of achievements and accumulations of stats of only 50 players. The players were in no specific order Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, Charles Barkley, Paul Arizin, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Magic Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Kevin McHale, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit, Willis Reed, David Robinson, Dolph Schayes, John Stockton, Nate Thurmond, Bill Walton, Lenny Wilkens, Pete Maravich, George Mikan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Scottie Pippen, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Bill Sharman, Isiah Thomas, Wes Unseld, Jerry West, James Worthy (NBA.com). Those are all the 50 best players that are currently retired from the NBA. Now on to the best current players in the NBA starting from the best. According to bleacherreport.com’s rules on their ranking system they do not include injured players saying that “Before delving into the rankings themselves, it’s worth noting that injured players are not considered for any of the featured spots, nor will they be listed as honorable mentions. If a player is expected to be out of action for a prolonged period, he’s automatically ineligible for the remainder of this article. As a result, Kevin Durant and Paul George will not be appearing, although they would certainly make the cut if the injury imp didn’t dictate otherwise.” (bleacherreport.com). There top 10 player starting at position 10 is DeMarcus Cousins who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings. Next it goes to Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets, then Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder, next it goes to Kevin Love on the Cleveland Cavaliers, then it goes to Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. At position 5 is Carmelo Anthony who plays for the New York Knicks then Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors followed by the point guard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul, then at position 2 Anthony Davis who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. Finally, the best player in the nba who currently plays, and is not injured, Lebron James who is back in his home town this year playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers (bleacherreport.com). The Question now is who is the best of them all? At number one for current players Lebron James, and best retired player, Michael Jordan, who is the best out of the two of them? This has been a long ongoing argument. Wherever you go to find the answer it will vary on the writer. Some think Lebron some think Michael, Some think they’re both even, but it is a very tough decision.
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