Being an NBA star comes with a lot of expectations, from the watch and the clothes you wear to the car you drive. NBA stars are among the best-paid athletes, and most of them do have a good taste in cars, as some of their cars are pretty damn attractive. It seems the more successful the players are, the better their cars get. Some stars, however, don't really mind the wheels they drive. It's also important to note that some players are in the early stages of their careers, while others have been in these fields for far too long. Their staunch supporters also look forward to what their stars drive and never want to get disappointed; you must be a class player on and off the court.
If you disappoint your fans on a weekend, at least you can make it up to them on the streets with a good ride. You can only judge a man by the shoes he wears or the cars he drives. Today, unfortunately, we won't discuss the shoes. I'm pretty sure some of you will compare the performance of the cars and the performance of the athletes on the court; have fun with that! You might've seen these cars when NBA stars Snapchat, but you weren't really sure which type of car it is. Don't worry; we got you here. Let's have a look at what these NBA stars drive; some answers may surprise you. Enjoy!
20 Lebron James - Kia 900
Who remembers the "fit for a king" campaign? If yes, I guess you know who was behind that successful campaign. King James himself! Who can believe that this sports legend owns a KIA 900? In 2014, Lebron James tweeted, ‘'rolling around in my K900, love this car." I'm sure many of his followers thought that his Twitter handle had been hacked. But he later confirmed the statement and was appointed as a KIA ambassador. The sports legend can own anything he wants, but a KIA900 is one of the cars in his fleet of vehicles. The KIA900 is a luxury family sedan, which is relatively cheap and has a standard horsepower of 311. But does that match the king's performance?
Consumers have always been complaining about the KIA900 rear and front space, and I guess they've been convinced that it's actually a comfortable car when you consider Lebron James's height. Since he came on board as their ambassador, KIA has recorded good sales of the car.
Who wouldn't want to drive a car that's driven by the king? However, the legend still owns other expensive and sleek cars. The list is long and includes a Hummer H2 (his first acquisition after going pro), a Ferrari F30, and a Lamborghini Aventador.
19 James Harden - Chevrolet Camaro
If you've ever spotted the Houston Rockets main man off-court, you must have certainly seen the custom yellow Chevrolet Camaro. However, it underwent a revamp by Platinum Motorsports in Los Angeles and was painted black. The Chevrolet Camaro SS is actually a beast on the road and definitely suits the offensive play of the "beard man." The star has a lot of accolades under his belt; key to note is the 2012 summer Olympics gold medal he has. He can easily drive anything he wants to, but he settled for the 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro. The Rockets shooting guard owns other vehicles, including a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Mercedes-Benz S class, and a Range Rover flat back. With his enormous wealth, naysayers claim that he has a bad taste in cars. Personally, I admire his taste in cars and, more importantly, how he maintains them, just as he maintains his beard and guns. I'm not sure of where the swingman lives, but I'm pretty sure his homestead is really big or that his neighbors' houses are soundproof, as this Camaro produces a brutally noisy sound.
18 Kawhi Leonard - '97 Chevy Tahoe
First things first—I wish this humble gent a quick recovery. Most fans really miss him back on the court. If you're an NBA enthusiast, you definitely remember the 2014 NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs and the impact of Kawhi Leonard. Even after being sidelined with a quadriceps tendinopathy injury, he still earns close to $18 million a year. Yep, that's how filthy rich he is. But guess what? He owns a 21-year-old Chevrolet Tahoe. NBA players are known worldwide for their lavish lifestyle and their eye-catching fleet of vehicles, but this is one star who's remained under the radar. He's also known for his quiet personality and humble character, perhaps the reason why he still owns a Chevy Tahoe '97.
The car is nicknamed "gas guzzler," of course, due to its V8 engine, which uses a lot of fuel. The Tahoe '97 is a good running truck and has one of the best off-road capabilities. The car still looks new, and that's a clear message that the mercurial player maintains it properly.
Often, he's hinted that he's very proud of it, and with his rumored next professional move, we might see a change in his wheels.
17 Zach Randolph - 1972 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
This is one NBA star who drives what's just naturally him. The 1972 Chevrolet Impala easily fits the performance and work rate of the Sacramento Kings power forward. This car is fitted with a V8 engine and 170 horsepower. The 37-year-old seems to have a thing for the old-school cars, in particular, donks, as he has six of them. In the streets of Memphis, you may have seen him in one of his donks as he moves around with them. One feature that I admire about his Chevy convertible is the vibrant paint used (one of the most expensive paints) and the well-fitted rims with a "Z-BO" mark.
The top player who's known for his massive strength also has a Jeep Wrangler in his collection. His cars just suit him. You remember that 3-pointer against the Oklahoma City? That's the real Zach, and he's had a long NBA career. Probably, he should hang his boots and focus on donks, as he has a good experience with this cars. How does the 6-foot tall Zach fit comfortably in these cars, though, as they have a small headroom?
16 Dwyane Wade - Mclaren Mp4
All the world-class dunks aside, do you remember his lavish wedding ceremony with actress Gabrielle? That's just a hint of the lifestyle this Miami Heat legend lives. This star's love for vehicles is something we cannot ignore. He owns a McLaren MP4-12C, which is among the most powerful supercars and has an uncompromised design and a state-of-the-art interior. It's powered by a 3.8 L twin-turbo V8 engine and also has one of the best transmissions.
The shooting guard also owns a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and a red Ferrari 458, which his social media followers are familiar with as he's posted a clip of his son nervously driving the car.
His performance on the court seems to be motivated by these supercars, as they're also very aggressive. The star also signed an automotive dealership with "The Collection" as their ambassador, so don't worry much about how he gets to have these powerful cars. Why do these tall NBA stars love these small cars, though? I just hope they don't struggle to fit.
15 Brandon Jennings - Ford Edge
We all start from somewhere, but I still do not believe that Brandon Jennings in his rookie days at Milwaukee Bucks actually drove a Ford Edge. Yes, you read that right—a Ford Edge! His rookie season was top notch. You know that awkward feeling when all the cars in the parking space are high-end vehicles and you have your relatively cheap vehicle there? I guess he felt that in all the training days. But after being taken in the NBA draft and the Achilles injury that slowed his career, he returned to the Milwaukee Bucks—but with a Ferrari.
Is that not what life is all about? Growth! I just wish this top man all the best in his journey, and we'll be right here to inform you about his future wheels. But I hope he won't go for a car that matches his lean body, but rather, one that matches his performance. I'm not sure whether he still has the Ford Edge, but I hope he keeps it.
14 Gerald Wallace - BMW 750 Li
The retired superstar has more than 10 NBA seasons under his belt. He was famous for his defensive play and was nicknamed G-Force. Gerald Wallace owns a BMW 750 Li sedan, which has attracted a lot of attention in the recent past. Some of his staunch fans say that the world-class power forward deserves more.
The BMW 750Li goes for $52,000, and for a man who's spent 14 years playing in the NBA, this is an underachievement. On a good note, the car is very powerful and one of the top productions.
Indeed, it naturally fits his defensive play and his nickname. Gerald Wallace is a family man, and one of the reasons that he gave for retiring is that he wanted to go and take care of his daughter. Sedans are luxurious family cars, and this might be the sole reason why he bought this car. You might probably spot the legend dropping off his daughter at school. I'm convinced he, being 6'7", doesn't feel comfortable at all in this. However, for his height, he also owns a Jeep Wrangler, which is a really good off-road car and can serve him perfectly as he enjoys his retirement.
13 Andre Iguodala - Chevy Corvette
Before anything else, let's wish this classy player a speedy recovery. Yes, he recently returned for the championship series, but he's clearly not 100% yet. The 2015 MVP display of this lad is still fresh in fans' minds. A Chevrolet Corvette is definitely the type of car that you'd associate with the 2012 NBA All-Star. The Golden State Warriors shooting guard seems to have an eye for good cars. Among his fleet of vehicles, the Chevrolet Corvette is, no doubt, the most eye-catching.
If you've been keen in the streets of Los Angeles, you might've sported the 6'6" star in his red Chevy. The car has served him for a couple of years and still is in good shape, which proves that he maintains it well. Not only does he have good dunking ability, but he also has a good taste in vehicles. In his collection, he owns a Mercedes-Benz, an Audi, a BMW M3 G-Power, and a Ferrari. Is there any other player with such good taste? He has a taste in all the famous brands. I'm sure his fans are really proud of him both on the court and off the court. Certainly, he's living the life.
12 George Hill - Custom Oldsmobile Cutlass
Most of you who've been supporting the Cleveland Cavaliers for quite some time now can proudly say that George Hill was the best acquisition they made this year. He has rekindled the team's offensive play. Enough of his court abilities; let's have a look at his taste in vehicles. His old-school vehicle, the Custom Oldsmobile Cutlass, is definitely a party crasher. I'm sure it has enough leg room for this legend.
The eye-catching stuff about this car is the two-tone appeal that it has. The red and black color blend so well; you can try it on your sports car (I'm not liable if it backfires). His collection of cars include a Porsche Panamera, a Pagani GMC, and a Land Rover. From his collection, he has a luxury car, an off-road car, a street car, and a track-suited car. His court vision is clearly displayed in his type of vehicles; looks like it's more than a sport for this legend. Feel free to borrow a leaf from this cool guy. Oh, I forgot to mention, he's a point guard. You can imagine his defensive prowess and his scoring abilities.
11 Blake Griffin - Tesla Model S
Detroit Pistons fans, I got you covered. What comes to mind when you think of this star? Is it when he jumped over a car to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest? That was legendary stuff! Blake has risen up the ladder very fast; his career with the Clippers was memorable, too. The Tesla Model S is a purely electric car, and maybe this car inspires his electric performance on the court. There's a picture featuring Blake Griffin and his Tesla Model S at a gas station. Well, maybe he was going to wash the windscreens.
In his slam dunk in 2011, he jumped over a 2012 KIA Optima, and he did some commercials with the automaker and has been seen in many ads driving a KIA vehicle. How can this star drive a KIA anyway? They're such a low-rated automaker, especially with the KIA 900. Since he came on board, the Optima has recorded higher sales and is considered a safe car to drive. I'd like to see his experience when dealing with both cars, as one's an electric car, and the other is a gas powered car. He must've gotten confused at least one time and probably drove the Tesla to a gas station.
10 Dwight Howard - Bentley Mulsanne
The Charlotte Hornets star has an interesting and unique taste in cars. First, he owns a silver-white Bentley Mulsanne worth $300,000, which is pretty expensive. Well, to Dwight, that's cheap. I'm looking forward to its customization. I guess it'll also look good in a dark color; the white color makes it look like a wedding car. The good thing about this car is that it has good leg room and can offer good comfort to the 6'1" star.
He also owns a handcrafted Knight XV truck, which is a very powerful truck used by the military. The truck has excellent off-road capabilities and is fully armored. Why would this star drive an armored car? Perhaps due to the physicality of the game. Nobody really knows if he's entangled in off-pitch wrangles, judging by how intimidating he is on the pitch. His height is just enough to scare someone away. Only 100 Knight XV trucks were produced, and they were sold at $620K. That's how filthy rich this baller is. Owning this car also makes you think that maybe his dream was actually to join the military, but you know basketball is very addictive, so he probably had to choose one.
9 Kevin Durant - Ferrari California
The Ferrari California, though a small car, is known for its performance and has now become a household name in ballers' car collections. Does it only come in a red color? This car is one of the cars that the Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant owns. He's undoubtedly one of the tallest ballers, standing close to 7 feet. I guess, by now, you know the drill about stars and sporty cars. No one knows where the shoe pinches but he who wears it. So, you don't have to worry about the space inside. Kevin Durant really has a car that matches his court performance. Who recalls the 2017 NBA finals?
He proved to be one of the greatest talents. I'm looking forward to the day when one of these stars will compete in a motor-racing track after retirement because their love for cars is on another level.
Kevin Durant also owns a matte-red Camaro, which really needs some contrasting color. The rims are also colored matte red, which makes it very bright. It seems Kevin Durant has a thing for red. For now, you can only dream of meeting the legend and giving him some tips.
8 Stephen Curry - Mercedes G55
This legend is considered one of the best shooters in the game. Only a few players can match up to his sideways shooting skills. His shooting skills are also replicated in his collection of vehicles, as everything is fitted perfectly; he never misses! Just have a look at the nose and the rims of his Mercedes Benz G-wagon, and you'll understand what I'm talking about. He also owns a red 911 GT3 RS, which he uses a lot as he goes for training and games. The car is also considered one of the most road-capable cars.
These superstars need these vehicles, as they never want to be late for training and games. Imagine a car breaking down and your game being an hour away. If you're Stephen Curry, your fans will be disappointed with you until you're 80-something. This high-flying point guard is also a family guy and owns a Tesla Model X for family errands. Lately, he's been spotted driving a Porsche Panamera to games, which, again, is a beast on the road. Definitely, we now know where most of this top-class player's on- and off-the-court money goes to.
7 Josh Childress - Ferrari California
Most NBA stars have a Ferrari making its way into their collection. This former NBA star is no exception to this, as he owns a Ferrari California. The ex-NBA player now turns up for Australian pro team, the Adelaide 36ers. The star has been quoted a number of times guiding players on how to spend their money. As the saying goes, the more you earn, the more you spend. The superstar owns a Ferrari California, which is pretty expensive.
The legend is one of the low-key players and rarely do you see him in a party because he's more of a chill-at-home guy. He's now enjoying his time in Australia, and I hope that he still owns the Ferrari. Most of the NBA stars are known to be extravagant and end up facing financial problems after retirement, but this is one player who has, a number of times, been quoted as saying he's very keen on how he spends. The Ferrari is a good performance car and simply gives you one of the best services—certainly value for money.
6 Anthony Davis - Mercedes-Benz S550
One of the toughest power forwards on the court, he also has a collection of wheels to back his play up. He turns up for the New Orleans Pelicans. For his younger age, he's achieved a lot, and expect a lot more from this top lad. Age also doesn't prevent him from owning the Mercedes-Benz S500, which is powerful and offers one of the best services. Anthony Davis still reigns off the pitch and displayed a legendary and generous act when he gave away his car to a local family at Kingsley as a holiday gift. "A hand that gives receives more," they say, and it seems this is true, as he still owns a good number of vehicles.
He owns a Bentley Continental GT and a Dodge Challenger, which is the highlight of his collection, as his shirt number is painted on the trunk. What a powerful garage this superstar owns! Hang around him in December, and he might gift you with one of his super machines. You can't help but admire his automotive taste and look forward to his next collections as he grows older in the game.
5 Metta World Peace - Hyundai Genesis
Back in the days when "Chicago Bulls" was a powerhouse name, this legend was at center stage. The forward (his position) is now retired and has taken up coaching duties with the South Bay Lakers. Watch that space! His long NBA career started way back in 1999, and most of you born in the 2000s probably don't know much about the NBA at that time. 2004 was the year that this man stamped his authority, as he was named an NBA All-Star. Despite all the honors and accolades under his belt, who can believe that this man owns a Hyundai Genesis? This car stands out only because it's customized Lakers style.
This was given as a gift by George Lopez, but this doesn't take away the fact that the player formerly known as "Ron Artest" stills owns it.
Oh, and he loves it very much. He also owns an Eagle Roadster, which he's been spotted driving in the streets of Los Angeles. It's definitely, a classy head-turning whip. Though he's considered a controversial figure in the NBA, most people miss his exploits on the court. Hopefully, he won't dispossess the Hyundai Genesis anytime soon but keep it for the future generation.
4 Derrick Rose - Bentley Mulsanne
On the court, he's one of the quickest point guards, but he's also really quick behind the wheels. We attract who we are, right? In addition to his hefty salary, this classy player has endorsed brands such as Adidas. He owns a Bentley Mulsanne, which is a stylish and expensive car, but having entered the NBA in early 2008, this is cheap for somebody like him. In his rookie season, he drove a Maserati, and of course, he couldn't go below that standard.
Unfortunately, his Bentley got involved in an accident on the Kennedy Expressway in 2012 but a revamp was done. In his garage, he also owns a Rolls-Royce and a powerful Lamborghini Aventador that has a price tag of $400k. I guess it's about time that these NBA stars compete on the track with their machines so that we can know who's on top in that arena. In March, the point guard transferred to the Minnesota Timberwolves and will probably get himself a new machine very soon just for a scene change. My bet is on a Ferrari F430.
3 Cole Aldrich - Audi A7
He's one of the most solid NBA players, and he also drives a solid car. The Minnesota Timberwolves swingman is famously known for his nice handling skills and blocking abilities (perhaps the reason behind his missing tooth). The clean Audi A7 that he possesses has also played a key role in his career with regard to transportation to training and games. What I admire most about his car are the smoked lights and the black rims. Black signifies the absence of fear, and that may be the compelling reason why he settled for this color.
It also matches up with his fearless traits on the court. The Audi A7 is one of the best sedans around and also offers the much-needed comfort backed up with a powerful engine. Being a family man, he also needs a luxury car such as this one. Cole Aldrich is a low-key man, and it's also very difficult to find out about the cars in his garage. But with his fat salary, a Ferrari or a Mercedes-Benz won't be a surprise.
2 Andrew Bynum - BMW M6
Andrew Bynum holds the title as the youngest player to have played in an NBA game—no mean feat. That title shows that his star started shining early enough. He's also a two-time NBA champion. With the numerous milestones he's achieved, you cannot expect this powerful center to drive a cheap sedan. He owns a BMW M6. You'll notice it from a distance due to the two-tone paint that's definitely head-turning. Admit it—you've dreamed of owning a BMW M6 one day.
This talented man has a good taste in racing cars. His collections of cars include a Ferrari F430, a Nissan GT-R, a Ferrari 599 GTB, a Dodge Challenger, and a TechArt Porsche. For a man who started playing in the NBA at just the age of 18, you'd easily expect a long list of vehicles. He's also known for his many hairdos that don't suit him. Furthermore, he's also known for not getting along very well with the coaches. Well, what do you expect from a player who's been playing since the age of 18? However, his star is slowly dimming, but we still expect a massive comeback from him.
1 Rudy Gay - Dodge Challenger
The former Sacramento Kings player now earns a hefty salary of $14.2 million with the San Antonio Spurs. With that figure, definitely, you expect this world-class player to have one of the best wheels. Judging by what he drives, he's definitely ranked highly both on the court and off the court. His ability to come out stronger from a serious injury remains one of the top highlights of his career and shows the mental strength that this top man has. Out of the many cars in his collection, the Dodge Challenger is the highlight of his powerful garage.
Mind you, he also owns a Jeep Wrangler, a Ford Mustang, and a Cadillac Escalade. His car taste reflects his court exploits, as he's known to possess enormous power. With his new contract with the Spurs, most of his fans definitely expect a new ride that's faster and more powerful than the current one. But nobody really wants one of their favorite players to get a whip that'll be too much to handle. Rudy Gay is a basketballer, not an F1 driver. His lifted Jeep Wrangler has also attracted the attention of many Jeep enthusiasts.
Sources: celebritycarz.com, complex.com, Youtube.com