When it comes to great NBA teams, the San Antonio Spurs are often included in that list. The Spurs are consistently among the top teams in the Western Conference year in and year out. They have made 20 straight playoff appearances and have won five NBA Championships during that time. A great part of their success is their head coach, Gregg Popovich, but top players have helped contribute throughout the years. One of the top players on their current team is Kawhi Leonard. Prior to this season, Leonard had led the Spurs in scoring the past three seasons; however, injuries have plagued the star this year. The 26 year old should be able to return before the end of the season. If he does, the Spurs have another great shot of going deep in the playoffs. Kawhi Leonard’s net worth currently sits at $20 million.
A first round selection in the 2011 NBA draft, Leonard has spent the entirety of his career in a Spurs uniform after being drafted by the Pacers. Currently in his seventh NBA season, Kawhi has been steadily improving his stats each and every year. Last season he averaged a career high 25.5 points per game. Because of his stellar play, Kawhi is more than deserving of his current NBA contract which is worth over $94 million for five years. This massive contract has helped give rise to Kawhi Leonard’s net worth. Currently in year three of five for his contract, Leonard’s contract includes a fifth year player option worth over $21 million for the season. Chances are he will decline this fifth year option. What this will allow him to do is instead is to be able to sign an even larger and potentially longer contract. If Kawhi does decide to play out the remaining two years of his contract after this season, we can expect Kawhi’s net worth to double to $40 million.
It tends to be very easy to assess a player’s offensive ability; however, Leonard is known for his defensive prowess as well. He has received the Defensive Player of the Year award twice and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive team four times in his short career. He also helped lead San Antonio to an NBA Championship during the 2013-2014 NBA season and was named the Finals MVP for his performance.
The 2017-2018 season has been a rough one for Leonard thus far. He has only played in a total of nine games and will miss many more. He is expected to return to play before the end of the season due to a thigh injury he has been battling. The Spurs currently sit in third place in the NBA West and should be able to make their 21st straight playoff appearance. Fortunately, it appears that Kawhi will be able to join them and try to lead them to another NBA Championship.
We are almost halfway through the 2017-2018 NBA season and the best record belongs to the Golden State Warriors. While this doesn’t come as a surprise to most, the Warriors and their All-Star roster of players have continued their stellar play that led them to the 2017 NBA Championship. One of the player’s who is key to the team’s success is their starting power forward Draymond Green. At 6′ 7″ and 230 pounds, Green is a physical player who has recorded over 80 double doubles in his five and a half year career. A two time NBA All-Star, Draymond Green’s net worth tops out a t $17 million.
The 27 year old NBA star was born and raised in Michigan. He led his high school to back to back state championships before accepting a scholarship offer to play college basketball at Michigan State. While at Michigan State, Green developed into the team’s best player, averaging a double double in his senior season. The Golden State Warriors used the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft to select Green as a member of their squad. His second round selection came with a three year deal valued at $2.65 million.
In his third season with the Warriors, Green emerged as a full time starter for the team. It was in this third season that he averaged nearly 12 points and seven rebounds per game helping lead Golden State to the 2015 NBA Championship. Recognizing his emerging talent, the Warriors and Green agreed upon a five year contract extension worth $82 million. It is this most recent contract that has allowed Draymond Green’s net worth to increase over the past two years.
From our analysis, Draymond is more than worthy of his large contract he signed back in 2015. Since signing the contract, Green has been named an All-Star in 2016 and 2017. In addition to this, he has also made the NBA All-Defensive First Team the past three seasons. Green is a two time NBA Champion who also is a gold medal recipient while he played in the 2016 Olympics representing the United States. Green is currently in year three of his five year extension with the Warriors. He is scheduled to make an additional $36 million over the final two years of his contract. This additional salary should have the potential of nearly doubling Draymond Green’s net worth. With the skyrocketing values on NBA contracts, if Draymond keeps up with his high level of play, he could be handsomely rewarded the next time a contract comes around.
From a personal perspective, Green is known to live a fairly modest life. He lives in an apartment outside of San Francisco and has donated more than $3 million to his alma mater. He is also the father of two kids, one boy and one girl.
In today’s age, professional athletes are signing contracts that keep getting bigger and bigger. In fact, contracts for players of the National Basketball Association are the largest of them all. Recent negotiations between the players’ union and the association has allowed contracts to reach an all time high. Andrew Wiggins is one of the players set to benefit from the recent contract negotiations. The first overall draft pick in 2014 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wiggins never played a game with the Cavs, but instead was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since arriving in Minnesota, Wiggins has proved why he was the number one overall pick. His first contract was four years for just shy of $25 million. Because of this initial contract, Andrew Wiggins net worth sits at $20 million.
Although he is just 22 years old, Wiggins net worth is much higher than almost anyone currently in their 20’s. Despite only having earned just $17 million through his first three seasons on the court, Andrew Wiggins net worth sits much higher due to his endorsement deal he signed as a rookie with apparel company Adidas. It was reported that Wiggins endorsement deal with the company pays him roughly $18 million a year. Couple that with his on court performance, and it is easy to see why they were willing to pay the young star so much.
Wiggins has recently made national headlines for his peculiar way of handling what could be the biggest basketball contract of his young career. He recently fired his agent, and he is reportedly not jumping at the opportunity to sign a max extension with the Timerwolves which is worth $148 million for five years. That contract would pay Wiggins nearly $30 million per season and would place him among the basketball elite. But is Andrew Wiggins worth this massive contract? The answer is an astounding YES. In just three years in the league, Wiggins is averaging over 20 points per game, and last season alone he averaged over 23 points in each contest. He is a solid free throw shooter at 76% and made adjustments to his game to reach a 36% success rate on three point tries.
It was evident that Wiggins was a special talent early on. In 2013 he was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball USA as a senior in high school. He ended up signing with the Kansas Jayhawks where he played just one season averaging over 17 points per game during the season. He eventually declared for the NBA draft where he was the first overall pick. His NBA career got off to a stellar start and he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year along with being apart of the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Despite not being in any rush to sign his contract extension, Wiggins has expressed that he would like to remain with the Timberwolves in the future. Although only time will tell, Wiggins with or without an agent is expected to sign an extension of some kind which will pay the young star a great deal of money. Andrew Wiggins net worth will greatly increase over the coming years as he continues to earn money from not only his new expected extension but also his endorsement deal with Adidas.