Today's professional athletes are being rewarded with super lucrative contracts worth millions of dollars per year. Among all of the major leagues, no organization stands out like the NBA when it comes to giving out multi-million dollar salaries.
With all that guaranteed money, it's no surprise that NBA Superstars have been stacking up some seriously lavish car collections. These wealthy basketball stars are "ballers" in every sense of the word. HBO is definitely lacking for not having the NBA version of their hit show. (Psst... HBO... call me—I have the first season written and ready to go!)
Alright, getting back on track here...When you hear names like "MJ," "Kobe," or "LeBron," don't you automatically think of money and fame? Well, you know what else goes really well with all that? Yup, you guessed it—ridiculously dope supercars in their garages!
Even the benchwarmers are paid no less than a half a million per year. Financially speaking, everybody in the NBA is winning, unlike in the playoffs, where it's only the Golden State Warriors who are racking up wins.
Well, actually, nevermind... I forgot about Lavar and his triple B brand; the Ball family is definitely taking a W so far. What do you think? Should Lonzo make this list? Zo did buy a Rolls-Royce recently. No, no... don't worry... we'll leave him off this list until he wins a ring.
20 Kobe Bryant – Ferrari 458 Italia
Kobe Bryant, aka The Black Mamba, is one of the greatest NBA stars of all time. He accumulated over half of a billion dollars throughout the span of his basketball career.
Kobe once dropped 81 points on the Raptors. Then, he dropped $250,000 on this beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia.
With a top speed of 199 mph, it's not the fastest supercar on the road or even in Kobe's collection, but it's so dang nice to look at. And yes, the 5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bean Bryant has been seen multiple times driving this beauty on the way to the Staples Center and around Orange County. With all that cash, his car collection deserves its own list! Oh yeah... besides this toy that cost him a quarter of a million dollars, Kobe has his own helicopter to help beat that horrendous LA traffic. Everything he has is definitely well deserved, as Mr. Bryant is the reason why Los Angeles has had 5 championship parades in the last 20 years.
19 Steph Curry – Porsche GT3 RS
Steph Curry with the shot, boy! He's the only unanimous MVP in league history and arguably the greatest pure shooter of all time. Although he didn't arrive in the NBA with superstar hype, he quickly rose among the ranks to become one of the best. And as is true for most careers, as he got better, he got more cheddar. With all that success came a new contract and more sponsors, so Steph did what any of us would—he went ahead and got himself a Porsche. With all the upgrades and customization, it couldn't have cost less than $200k. It's not the most reasonable car for day-to-day driving, but don't worry—the splash brother also bought an additional Porsche Panamera for the mundane stuff. And the double impulse buy is nothing for Mr. Curry who recently signed a well-deserved maximum contract, making him one of the highest-paid players in the NBA. Ah, isn't it just magnificent being an NBA Superstar?
18 Kevin Durant – Ferrari California
KD, who's also known by his nickname "Durantula," is a certified face of the NBA. He's one of the most popular players in the game today. He definitely contributed to the growing imbalance of power by ditching his “brother,” Westbrook, in OKC, but who can resist the Bay Area? Mr. Kevin Durant is currently single with no kids, so he has plenty of dough to blow on toys like this red Ferrari. Although he's a humble man, he's rich as hell, and it's hard not to throw that money around.
This Ferrari California cost him around $200k, and the model's name suits him well since he's now playing in the Golden State.
State taxes are no joke in Cali, but with KD's success, he's bound to add many more pricey toys to his collection. It's the start of the year, and the IRS must love Mr. Durant right about now!
17 Dwyane Wade – Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Dwyane Wade is nearing the end of his NBA career, but that doesn't take away his superstar status, and it sure as heck doesn't make his ridiculous car collection worth any less. All it means is that he's now on a veteran's minimum salary—no more maximum deals for the basketball star formerly known as "Flash." Either way, please don't shed a tear for Mr. Wade, who's married to the beautiful Gabrielle Union and also has a county in Miami named after him.
This $500k McLaren also helps soften the pain of becoming irrelevant.
It's a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Mercedes-Benz that features the WADE insignia all over and his signature on the interior. His Benz is a true beast. The V8 engine provides an impressive 650 horsepower. And just look at those doors... do your car's doors do that? No, no, they don't, but it's alright because you've also never thrown an alley-oop to LeBron.
16 Paul George - Ferrari 458 Spider
Paul George is one of the less-talked-about NBA superstars, but that can soon change if he just comes back home and signs with the Los Angeles Lakers. Moving on, PG13 has been through some ups and downs in his career, but he's established himself as a premier NBA star. Surprise! He owns a Ferrari just like many other athletes.
He spent close to $300k on this 458 Spider and couldn't drive it for almost a year while recovering from a gruesome leg injury.
The beautiful Ferrari has a powerful V8 engine that provides 458 horsepower for all of those empty Oklahoma City streets. It's all good, though—Paul George is now fully healed and is cruising around in this sick 458 Spider. That Gatorade money must be nice... right? Plus, he's now playing with the one and only Brody, aka Russell Westbrook–the ultimate teammate and competitor.
15 Russell Westbrook – Lamborghini Aventador
Russell in a Lambo—that just sounds right, doesn't it? This Aventador just matches his style somehow. Mr. Westbrook, aka Mr. Triple Double, is definitely all about putting numbers on the board. He bought this Lamborghini Aventador for $380k, and just like him, it's ridiculously fast. The top speed is 217 mph, and it hits 0-60 in under 3 seconds. It's not bad to look at either. With a custom paint job and some custom rims to match, this supercar stands out with its sound, looks, and VIP passenger. But good luck seeing Russ as he flies by with the blacked-out windows up. It's like trying to guard him in transition–you might see him for a split second, and then, he's gone. Just like with many other superstars on this list, Mr. Westbrook has plenty of other toys, but this one is the truly the most photogenic. KD might be a little jelly, in fact.
14 Dwyane Wade’s Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
D. Wade is one of this generation's iconic athletes. The question these days, though, is what's the over-under on when he retires? For the meantime, however, Mr. South Beach makes a 2nd appearance on the list. You know that Dwayne Wade is a superstar by every definition. Wade didn't even bother to mention the new toy in the background of his recent Instagram picture of him and his son hooping. This Ferrari happens to be a recent $330k purchase—no big deal when you're balling and have been getting that NBA money for over a decade!
D. Wade's F12 is a gorgeous masterpiece painted a stunning pearl blue with 700 horsepower and a 6.3L V12 engine.
Unlike his McLaren that was on this list earlier, this Ferrari doesn't have any WADE insignia or signatures on it—not even a single “#newporsche” in the Instagram description. It must be nice buying supercars and just running out of room to put them in.
13 Shaquille O'Neal – Rolls-Royce Phantom
Everybody knows Shaq the Superman! He's a larger-than-life character who also happens to be one of the most dominant NBA big men of all time. Besides his athletic achievements, Shaquille O'Neal has also starred in movies like Shazam while routinely appearing on various TV series. A champion of life like Shaq only drives exclusive whips like this unique blue Rolls-Royce Phantom. Isn't it just so shiny? He brought this baby out for an event during the NBA All-Star Weekend—must've been a heck of a night! You know that athletes throw the best parties!
The trademarked suicide doors make this Rolls-Royce Phantom a very flashy supercar.
Since this is Shaq's ride, it's beyond customized, so you know the price tag is hefty—around $500,000! With Shaq's reported net worth somewhere around $400 million, it's just a drop in a bucket, though. His car collection has to be in excess of 50 cars by now. Do you think they're all insured with The General?
12 LeBron James – Ferrari F430
LeBron has been a superstar ever since he dubbed himself “The King” in high school. Pretty ballsy, right? Well, it was a bet that paid off. He's definitely one of the GOAT's (Greatest Of All Time) in sports. His brand is global, and his NBA salary of $31 million a year is just the cherry on top of his eye-popping yearly income. With all that money, this $200k Ferrari is just one of the lower-priced vehicles parked in his garage. LeBron made around 10 times that when they broadcast his “Decision” to take his talents to South Beach. Only “The King” can pull something like that off. LeBron James has truly transcended the game and has created one of the most successful brands in all of sports. Maybe Mr. James was on to something with tattooing “The Chosen One” across his back. Either way, now that Kyrie is gone, he won't beat the Warriors, but at least he can drive his supercars around Cleveland...
11 Dwight Howard – Bentley Mulsanne
Dwight Howard hasn't been very lucky in the NBA playoffs (Kobe had to do it to him in the finals); however, he can still yell that Dave Chappelle / Rick James “I'm Rich _ _ _ _ _!” line all the way to the bank. The self-dubbed “Superman” might not be the go-to player on an NBA team anymore, but he's still balling while getting paid $25 million per year. This Bentley Mulsanne cost him $400k, but it's priceless compared to that Dwight Howard smile... just look at it gleam! It still makes no sense how he didn't make it work with the Lakers in the capital of gleaming smiles, Hollywood. This Bentley, though, with its classy town car-like exterior, looks calm but is disbelievingly fast. The wide body provides for ultimate interior luxury and a super stacked list of features. Yup, the seats are heated!
10 James Harden – Roll-Royce Wraith
James Harden, aka "The Beard" or "Chef Harden," has been seen riding around Houston in this two-toned Rolls-Royce Wraith, which cost him a cool half a million dollars. That's some serious cash for a 600-horsepower custom-painted and fully loaded automotive piece of art. But Mr. Harden doesn't need to worry about finances—with the arrival of his new teammate Chris Paul, the State Farm commercial money is right around the corner. Check that—someone just told me that they're already running those ads. So, with all the sponsor money and a 9-figure salary, James Harden is definitely a certified baller! It also helps that Texas doesn't have a state tax. His recent 60-point triple double is just another stamp on the certificate. It's easy to root for The Beard to succeed; he is, after all, the only man that beat the Kardashian curse.
9 Anthony Davis's Mercedes-Benz S550
Anthony Davis, aka "The Brow," is an NBA All-Star, as well as an Olympic Gold medalist. He's the main man for the New Orleans Pelicans, and the team recently signed him to a 5-year $145-million extension. At the time that he signed with the team, it became NBA's richest contract. So, it's safe to say that Anthony Davis is a rich young superstar. How many cars does this baller have inside of his garage?
Besides this custom S550 that cost him around $150k, he owns a Bentley and a Porsche, so you know he's spending his money the right way.
The S550 is fully loaded and has plenty of aftermarket fixups that make the price tag bounce. This all-time classic Benz comes with a 449-horsepower engine and the piece of mind that Tupac used to ride around in one of these.
8 Michael Jordan's Aston Martin DB9 Volante
MJ is known for being a clutch basketball player, but he's also a big-time car collector. His Airness, Michael Jordan, is a very private person, so it's rare to catch a glimpse of him riding around in one of his supercars. He even used to register all of his automobiles in his wife's name. This is his $220k Aston Martin DB9 Volante that he took out for a cruise. It's considered one of the most popular Aston Martins in production. His Aston seems to be one of his preferred rides, which is hard to believe since his garage looks like an auto show–how can you possibly have a favorite? This supercar is extremely fast and suits the 6-time NBA Champion well. The paint job could've been more creative, but if you've ever seen how Mike dresses in retirement, you'd kind of expect it. He might be the GOAT, but fashion ain't really his thing—unless you're talking sneakers, of course.
7 John Wall's Ferrari 458 Spider
John Wall is the starting point guard for the Washington Wizards. He's an NBA All-Star with a bank account to match. He hasn't won anything in the NBA yet, but his game is sweet, and he can bring the house down with one dunk. Just like other superstars in the money league, his garage is stacked with ridiculous whips. Besides this customized Ferrari 458, he has a Rolls-Royce, a Porsche, and a Bentley.
This Ferrari 458 Spider goes 0-60 in 3 seconds.
It also has an exclusive paint job and a total cost of over $210k. Maybe all these cars can help him take his mind off constantly losing in the playoffs. A weird fact about this superstar is that he doesn't have a shoe deal. In fact, John Wall is one of the only certified NBA superstars who doesn't have his own brand. What's up with that?
6 Dwight Howard's Knight XV
D12 was able to sneak into the list again with this ridiculously unique super truck. Dwight's Knight XV is a $600k 13,000 lb bulletproof monster of an automobile. It's 1 of only 17 ever produced, and it was entirely built by hand. The Knight XV combines a fully armored rough and rugged exterior with an ultra-luxurious interior. It's a monster of an SUV. It's also probably the only vehicle that can make a 7-foot NBA center look tiny.
The XV is a one-of-a-kind V10 6.8-liter beast.
As you can probably tell, the whole concept for this ride was inspired by military vehicle designs. It looks like something that's patrolling the streets of Iraq, but at the same time, it's unique and nice enough to cruise through Miami. The total lifetime production of the Knight XV will be limited to 100 vehicles, so Dwight must've gotten his early.
5 LeBron James's Lamborghini Aventador
This one-of-a-kind Lambo is a product of a collaboration between multiple artists, including Toys for Boys Miami, Lou La Vie, and more. The King's custom-wrapped Aventador cost him a total of $670k. It's a ridiculous masterpiece of a car—the thing looks like it should be in a museum. This Lambo definitely has one of the more creative custom finishes for a supercar. The detail and overall color scheme really go with the shape and the curves of this sexy vehicle. The Aventador is a roofless 2-door with an insane V12 that puts out 700 horsepower. It's not the fastest Lamborghini on the market, but it might just be the most unique one yet. The original version doesn't come with many super luxurious features because they try to keep it lightweight for performance reasons. But you know LeBron must've fully loaded this beast in order to match the super plush paint job. The rims alone can cover someone's mortgage payments for a year—what a life!
4 Earvin Magic Johnson's Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Magic Johnson started and ended his NBA career as an irreplaceable point guard of the Showtime Lakers. He parlayed his success on the court into some very smart off-the-court ventures on his way to becoming part owner of the Dodgers and president of operations for the Lakers. Somewhere between all that, he managed to own a bunch of Subway franchises, and he even tried to host a TV show. Spoiler alert—it was canceled after one episode. They overestimated his popularity, but you can't blame him for trying. Oh yeah... Magic's car... This is his $500k Rolls-Royce Phantom. It's a custom drop-top coupe of which only 237 were sold worldwide. The All-Star point guard of the past is all about futuristic looking cars. This spaceship has a wide body, a low profile, and the trademarked Rolls-Royce grille. With the roof missing and the California sunshine overhead, this is the right type of car for Magic Johnson.
3 Derrick Rose's Bugatti Veyron
Derrick Rose began his NBA journey by becoming the youngest MVP in league history. He earned a ton of money from endorsements and his yearly salary, but injuries have quickly derailed his career.
It seems like this recent purchase of a $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron was his way of trying to cheer himself up.
He could've probably just pigged out on some Ben and Jerry's, but to each his own. Either way, that's one bank-breaking purchase right there. It's more of a status symbol than a car because what's really the point of a 1,200-horsepower racing vehicle on the regular streets? This thing tops 250 miles per hour easily and will probably take flight if you run over a pebble. It's the fastest open-top production car in the world. Celebrities like Floyd Mayweather, Tom Cruise, and Jay-Z all have one, so Derrick Rose is now on that list as well.
2 Kobe Bryant's Lamborghini Murcielago
Kobe had 2 numbers during his NBA career, so it's only right that he gets at least 2 spots on this list. The Black Mamba bought himself a bright yellow Murcielago for around $380k. This is the Lamborghini model that's the subject of Kanye West's hit single “Mercy.” Remember? "Lambhorgini Murcy your girl is so thirsty." Moving on... Kobe and his yellow Lambo were on the cover of DUB magazine in 2003. The bright-yellow paint job matches the Lakers yellow, so Kobe is definitely representing his lifelong team with this car. Lamborghini should look into being Kobe's sponsor. Actually, he was already invited to the Ferrari factory before. This stylish low-profile supercar tops out at 210 miles per hour, but good luck getting in and out of parking lots—that front bumper is going missing. This Murcielago model had a limited release run, which made it even more unique.
1 Shaquille O'Neal's Lamborghini Gallardo
Shaq, aka the "Big Diesel," got himself this Lamborghini Gallardo for $190k. What's really unique about this supercar is that he had it stretched out an extra 12 inches. For a 7-foot-tall athlete like Shaq, the extra space is a must-have. The powerful V10 engine is hidden in the back, and the hood is actually the trunk—now that's fancy! Ever seen a stretched out Lambo with 27' basketball shoes in the front trunk? Now you have! It must've taken a crazy amount of work and time to make sure that everything was still going to work properly after the adjustments. But there would be no other way for Shaq to drive such a small supercar that's so low to the ground. So, Superman had to shell out a little more super dough in order to make sure his head wouldn't stick out of the roof when he floored it.
Sources: supercarscorner.com; celebritycarz.com