Lmost of the NBA stars, coming a large part of humble environments with few resources, they experience a sudden enrichment in his first season in the NBA. After playing in college or abroad, young players make it to the League through the Draft and those chosen in the first positions go from having the canine checking account to becoming millionaires, adding your contract with the team and trade agreements that rain on them.
When that moment comes most usually give a good tribute to celebrate, buying all whims that they had not had until then to flaunt your wealth. And many do exorbitant expenses in record time. There are also, the least, which are a little more conservative with your expenses. The prestigious American publication Fadeawayworld has produced a brilliant report on how some NBA stars spent their first salary. These are some examples
Harrison Barnes: new bed
Harrison Barnes signed in 2012 for the Warriors and his first purchase was a comfortable bed. After signing his contract, the forward felt financial security for the first time in his life. AND the first thing he did was go to a furniture store and try all the beds that were available. “I’m going to choose the bed I want to sleep in,” I thought. Later selected a high-end model, one of the largest, most comfortable and expensive, in that order, and bought it.
LaMelo Ball: A diamond ornament for your teeth
LaMelo Ball was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with No. 3 in the 2020 Draft , and his impact on the team was immediate. Despite the injury, came close to leading the Hornets to the playoffs, and even so it was named Novato del Ao of the NBA 2020-21.
After signing his contract he was so excited that he went out to make a big purchase. He spent $ 14,000 on diamond ornaments for his teeth. As the lucky jeweler declared then, it was “the most diamonds I’ve ever put in a bracket.”
Ja Morant: cars for his parents
The Novato del Ao 2019-20, Ja Morant, arrebat a Zion Williamson that nomination. I must have felt a euphoria similar to the one I experience when I signed my contract with the Grizzlies, who picked him No. 2 in the Draft (Zion Williamson was number 1). His first money was spent buying two cars for his parents: a Dodge Charger SRT for his father and an Audi L8 for his mother. That day he was excited, and it was not for less.
Trae Young: Audi R8
Bring young, All Star the last two seasons, took the Hawks to the Eastern Finals and just signed a contract extension of 207 million of dollars. He’s already very rich, but when he signed for Atlanta he also felt that way and the first thing he did was buy an Audi R8. His whim became famous on the networks by Hawks veterans fill it with popcorn the first day I took him to training.
Andre Iguodala: shoes and balls
When entered the NBA in 2004 Andre Iguodala I spent a huge amount of money on sneakers, especially Jordan brand. With the first contract I signed with the Sixers, that they chose him with the No. 9 in the draft, Iguodala he didn’t have enough money to buy a fancy car, but spent thousands of dollars on basketball shoes and balls. Original and much cheaper than the whims of other players.
Draymond Green: a night of party and waste
Draymond Green He celebrated in a big way when he came to the NBA. The player of the Warriors le revel a Kneading Dough que He ended up spending a five-figure sum with his friends and family on a night out. to celebrate his arrival in the League. Green I recognized that it was an unnecessary expense and that I could have had a great time spending less money.
Ben Simmons: Exotic Pets
Ben Simmons I bought an exotic cat, Savannah, in his rookie year. But realizing that she was alone, the Sixers bought another cat of the same rootto. Total se guest 10,000 dollars and ended up regretting, as the cats ended behaving like wild animals. And in the end he had to get them out of his house.
Klay Thompson: pool table
When he signed his first contract with the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson did not make large purchases. His father, former NBA player Mychal Thompsontaught him from the beginning how to handle his money. Thompson revealed that with his first contract he bought a pool table that he still keeps in his house to this day.
Luka Doncic: Porsche Panamera
Luka Doncic He already came to the NBA with some purchasing power in his account after passing through Real Madrid. He was not a typical university student, he had been billing well for several years. With the first major contract with whites and with the almost brand new driving license he bought a Porsche Panamera. Three weeks ago I signed with the Mavericks a contract extension of 207 million. Now you can expand your collection of cars, houses or whatever you want. For money it will not be.
Zion Williamson: Jeep Wrangler
Zion Williamson, after signing as No. 1 in the Draft for the New Orleans Pelicans, He became rich. because aside from the high rookie contract, became an official Jordan brand ambassador. With so much money, the first thing he did was to Buy a Jeep Wrangler | valued at about $ 40,000 for his brother. I thought of his family before than of him.
Damian Lillard: Porsche Cabriolet
Damian Lillard He was NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013, but at the start of that season, after signing for the Blazers the first thing he did was go to a California car dealership and buy a Porsche Cabriolet. “I came home, I went to Burlingame to that Porsche dealership. I was looking at them, I tried them and I was even a little scared“I confessed remembering that moment.
Chris Paul: Shopping Trip with Friends
After signing his first rookie contract with the New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul, who has been in the league for 16 seasons, He took his friends and his girlfriend to a mall. He wanted to squander his first salary and he told all his friends to buy what they wanted, that he took care of of all expenses. Paul was excited to be able to spend money on his friends: “There is no better feeling than that”, confessed.
Dwyane Wade: Cadillac Escalade
Dwyane Wade entered the NBA in 2003 after being part of a Historic Draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. And he was the first of them to win a ring after winning it in 2006 with Shaquille O’Neal y Miami Heat. With his first big salary with the Heat a custom Cadillac Escalade is purchased with 470 horses and valued at about $ 70,000. Wade recounted that the first time he saw such a car was while walking down the street during his stay at the Marquette University, and he made it his goal to buy it someday. And as soon as he had the money for it, he did it.
Shaquille O’Neal: Tres Mercedes Benz
When Shaq entered the league in 1992 as number one in the draft by the Orlando Magic, firm by 4 years and 40 million. He got a bonus for signing with the Magic and immediately went into big spending. He went to the Mercedes Benz dealership and bought a car for $ 150,000.. When he showed the car to his father, he asked Shaq where he bought it. So Shaq went and bought another for his father, and a slightly less expensive $ 100,000 Mercedes Benz for his mother.. end up spending almost a million dollars in a day other purchases for him and his parents, but half of that went to Mercedes Benz.
LeBron James: Celebration at an Amusement Park
LeBron James I entered the NBA in 2003, signing a lucrative contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers as No. 1 of the Draft. And at the same time he signed a billionaire contract with Nike for several years. Upon receiving the money from the first contract with the footwear multinational James did not make big expenses. Deposit the check into your bank account and I walked out with $ 2,000 in cash. Took all his friends and loved ones to an amusement park And he only spent a small amount of that money to have a good time and celebrate joining the NBA. ‘King’ James did not lose his mind and proved to be thrifty.