The NBA is the home of the biggest sports stars in the US today. Basketball stars thrive more than top players in other sports due to various reasons. The major one is that the NBA markets their stars more and they don’t wear helmets that block their faces from camera time. It allows the players from the top superstars to the entertaining role players to have a chance at finding great endorsement deals.
NBA players also sign guaranteed contracts that will have them making top money in the sports world without having to worry about it being cut short like NFL players or other sports. It leads to the superstars of basketball making great money in the league and off the court.
This extends to the players getting to use their wealth to build up their garages with great cars. Most NBA stars have started their own car collections of expensive and extravagant automobiles. They rarely get a chance to drive their cars since they travel with the team all season and take a lot of vacations during the offseason. However, most players have had dreams of purchasing their desired cars when joining the league. It represents the accomplishment of a goal and just makes for a fun garage experience at home.
We will look at the players to make the coolest buys when it comes to their passion for the automobile side of things. These are twenty NBA players that have the craziest cars off the court at home.
20 Derrick Rose -Bentley Continental GT Speed
The NBA life of Derrick Rose has seen many ups and downs throughout the years. Rose peaked in 2011 with the MVP Award win along with his run leading the Chicago Bulls to great regular seasons. Injuries slowed down Rose to end his time as a superstar, but he did have a strong recent season to prove he can still play.
Rose’s NBA earnings and endorsement deals have allowed him to have a great car collection. The desire for great cars featured Rose getting a Maserati Gran Turismo as his first major purchase when joining the NBA. Other standout cars in Rose’s garage are the Bugatti Veyron and a 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed.
19 Dwyane Wade - McLaren MP4-12C
The iconic Dwyane Wade is having his final season in the NBA. Wade will leave with the legacy of a top five shooting guard and the greatest Miami Heat star of all time. The long run in Miami featured Wade taking a few pay cuts to get major stars like LeBron James and Chris Bosh on the roster.
Wade still made enough to become an extremely wealthy man. The garage of Wade and celebrity actress wife Gabrielle Union is one place he goes all out to enjoy his NBA success. Some of the most impressive cars owned by Wade features the McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and a Porsche 911.
18 LeBron James - Maybach S600
LeBron James is the biggest name in the NBA and is in the discussion for the greatest player of all-time. The Los Angeles Lakers star had legendary runs with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. James has three NBA Championships, four MVP Awards, and many other accolades as of early 2019.
It comes to no surprise that James has an incredible car collection given his level of wealth as one of the top athletes in sports history. The garage of James features many cars, including standouts like a Porsche, a Wrangler, a Camaro, a Dodge Charger and a Ferrari F430. Another incredible car owned by LeBron is a custom Lamborghini Aventador Roadster made just for the king of the NBA.
17 John Wall - Ferrari 458 Spider
John Wall signed a massive contract with the Washington Wizards to hopefully lead them to contention in the Eastern Conference. The run of Wall has seen him have some incredible moments, including a few great postseason performances. Wall had a tough upbringing and has stated his dream was to create a better life for him and his family.
One of the ways Wall treats himself is purchasing great cars. Wall loves automobiles enough to start the early stages of creating a great collection. Some of the current standout cars owned by Wall are the Ferrari 458 Spider and a Range Rover. Wall’s new contract kicks in next season and will likely get him many more new cars.
16 Anthony Davis - Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe
Anthony Davis is one of the top names in the NBA for many reasons. The great play of Davis makes him a superstar on the court. Davis, however, made headlines with the rumors of him trying to force a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.
New Orleans still has Davis on the roster where he has made his earnings to start his car collection. Davis owns quite a few top tier automobiles. The standout cars are the Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe and a blacked-out Porsche Panamera. Davis will likely add more to the garage if he makes the move to Los Angeles.
15 Carmelo Anthony - 1971 Chevelle
Carmelo Anthony is still looking for an NBA home after witnessing his status fall in the league quickly. A couple of disappointing runs with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets featured Anthony falling from a superstar to a role player to someone teams don’t want to give a chance to.
Anthony luckily had a long run on top of the NBA as an All-Star before his decline. The massive earnings from Anthony allowed him to start an incredible car collection. Anthony’s garage is full of incredible cars like the 2014 Corvette Stingray and a customized Jeep Wrangler. Another impressive car is the vintage 1971 Chevelle with a Baltimore Orioles logo - paying a nod to his Baltimore upbringing.
14 Russell Westbrook - Lamborghini Aventador
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has become one of the faces of the NBA. Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in two consecutive seasons as only the second player to ever accomplish such a feat.
The great NBA contract along with a few tremendous sponsorships allows Westbrook to have an impressive car collection. Some of the top cars in the collection of Westbrook are the Lamborghini Aventador and a Range Rover. Westbrook won the 2016 All-Star Game MVP Award and gave away the Kia car prize to a family in need to prove he loves giving away as much as purchasing cars. He even owns his own car dealership as a side project off the court.
13 Blake Griffin - Range Rover
Blake Griffin is the name first associated with cars when thinking of NBA players. This is not only due to his great car collection, but it is mostly due to his memorable moment with a car. Griffin dunked over a Kia car during the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.
The love of cars for Griffin extends beyond dunking over them in exhibition contests. Griffin owns a two-door Rolls Royce, all-black GMC Denali and a couple of Tesla models. During his relationship with Kendall Jenner, the two were often spotted coming out of a Range Rover. Griffin certainly has a fair share of tremendous cars to choose from on any given day.
12 Tony Parker - Continental GTC
The legendary run of Tony Parker with the San Antonio Spurs came to an end. Parker made the surprising move to join the Charlotte Hornets in the 2018 offseason. The best days of Parker featured him winning four NBA Championships as one of the top options for the Spurs.
Parker enjoyed the spoils of his NBA success in the form of a few outstanding car purchases. Some of the best cars currently owned by Parker feature the Continental GTC, a white TP9 Lamborghini Murcielago and a DeLorean DMC-12. Parker lives a happy life with a plethora of elite cars thanks to his Spurs time.
11 Paul George - Ferrari 458 Spider
Paul George has taken another step forward in the NBA as an MVP candidate during the 2018-2019 season. The Oklahoma City Thunder have high hopes of potentially upsetting the Golden State Warriors with both George and Russell Westbrook performing at such a high level together.
George continuing to add great moments to his name will likely add even more endorsement deals moving forward. The income of George on and off the court led to him getting impressive cars like the Ferrari 458 Spider, Ferrari F430 and a Porsche Panamera. George loves his garage as one of the fun aspects of life as a basketball superstar.
10 Tyson Chandler - Range Rover HSE
Tyson Chandler is not as big of a superstar as most of the other names on the list. The center currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is at the end of his run after a great career. Chandler was never a superstar, but he often contributed to winning seasons enough to get strong contracts.
The great earnings for Chandler throughout his long run led to him investing in his passion for cars. Some of the best automobiles owned by Chandler are the Ford F350 Super Duty, 2011 Range Rover HSE, a Ferrari, and a Mustang. Chandler has one of the top garages in the NBA.
9 Kevin Durant - Ferrari California
Despite being a top superstar, Kevin Durant does not showcase as many of his cars as much as the others on the list. The private life of Durant is something he tries to keep out of the spotlight even though he is one of the most popular stars in the league.
Some of Durant’s cars have been revealed over the years. Durant’s garage features an amazing Ferrari California, a beautiful matte red Camaro SS, and a Range Rover. There are likely many more cars in the garage of Durant that we are unaware of. Durant’s off-court investments have seen him find success outside of the NBA.
8 Andre Drummond - Mercedes S550 AMG Benz
The Detroit Pistons have witnessed Andre Drummond become one of the most well-rounded centers in the NBA. Drummond is an amazing rebounder that can put up points when needed. Detroit will likely make Drummond a long-term fixture of their future after signing him to a great contract.
Drummond has used some of the earnings from his contract to get a great car collection going. The standout cars owned by Drummond feature the stunning Mercedes S550 AMG Benz and a Cadillac Escalade. Drummond is still relatively early in his NBA run and will likely purchase more cars to add to the already impressive collection.
7 Dirk Nowitzki - Audi R8
Dirk Nowitzki is playing the final season of his NBA run with the Dallas Mavericks. The long stint of Nowitzki featured him making many millions per season to match the accomplishments of an NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP and regular season MVP Award.
Nowitzki has revealed that he enjoys purchasing a great car as one of the few ways he enjoys spoiling himself. The Audi R8 was one of the standout cars of Nowitzki for many years. Dirk also loves the MINI Cooper S to switch it up. The picture shows him riding a bicycle as he doesn’t even need his incredible cars to travel on quiet days.
6 James Harden - Chevrolet Camaro
The incredible play of James Harden has made him one of the most popular superstars in the NBA. Harden has made the Houston Rockets a contender in the Western Conference and his play makes fans tune into games to see what he does next. The contract of Harden allows him to make huge purchases with ease.
Harden has a tremendous car collection that is up there with almost anyone else in the league. Some of the best cars owned by Harden are the Mercedes Benz S550, Roll-Royce Wraith, and a bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro. Harden is still writing both his legacy as a superstar and legacy as a car collector.
5 JR Smith - Bentley Mulsanne
JR Smith is one name that is not as obvious as the others on the list. The basketball stars on the list typically feature future Hall of Famers, MVP Award winners and All-Stars. Smith spent most of his time in the NBA as a role player to help fill the gaps for a team.
Even role players get paid well in the NBA and Smith has made more than enough to get great cars. Some of the best automobiles in his collection feature the Bentley Mulsanne, a Ferrari 458 Spider and a bulletproof Gurkha F5. Smith may not be getting much playing time for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he is enjoying his success in his garage.
4 Dwight Howard - Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
The future of Dwight Howard is in doubt after witnessing his play diminishing. Howard has played for four different teams in the past four seasons. The Washington Wizards center has missed most of this success as his health continues to be an issue.
Howard luckily cashed in during his best seasons as the top center in the league for about five years. The huge contracts signed by Howard led to him creating a tremendous car collection. Some of the most impressive cars feature a Bentley Mulsanne, Knight XV, and a V6-powered Panamera. Howard also has a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat customized with a theme of The Flash superhero to show the variety in a major way.
3 DeMar DeRozan - Mercedes-Benz G-Class
DeMar DeRozan is one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs acquired him in a blockbuster trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan is arguably the most beloved Raptor in NBA history, but he is starting his new chapter in San Antonio this season.
The great play for Toronto throughout the years earned DeRozan a couple of seasons with huge pay. DeRozan’s car collection was formed as his earnings went up with the Mercedes Benz G63 and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. An endorsement commercial with Ford also featured DeRozan getting gifted a Ford F-150 Raptor as a nod to his former Raptors team at the time.
2 Stephen Curry - Porsche Panamera S
Stephen Curry has become one of the most beloved names in all of sports due to his unique playing style. The old belief that three-point shooting can’t win titles ended when Curry led the Golden State Warriors to three NBA Championships along with two regular-season MVP Awards.
Curry’s huge Golden State contract along with multiple endorsement deals led to him creating a hit list of amazing cars for his garage. Some of the standout automobiles owned by Curry feature the Mercedes G55, a Porsche GT3 RS and a Porsche Panamera with a V8 engine. Curry is just going to add to the collection as he makes many more millions.
1 Chris Paul - Jeep JKU Wrangler Unlimited
Chris Paul has been a top point guard in the NBA for over a decade. The runs with the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and now the Houston Rockets have each shown just how important Paul’s presence has been in different situations.
Paul has made a lot of money in his NBA run due to his NBA importance. The passion for cars led to Paul purchasing incredible automobiles like the Jeep JKU Wrangler Unlimited and a Range Rover. Paul even likes the classics as seen with his custom 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It looks like Paul will never win an NBA Championship, but he has a championship-worthy garage.
References: Complex, Sports Illustrated, NBA TV, TMZ