With the NBA postseason in full swing, players are looking for postseason success to add to their resumes. For those players looking for a big contract in the offseason, look no further than these six players who parlayed their success on the court into some serious fortune off of it. Here are six players with the highest net worth in NBA history.
6. Kobe Bryant
With an estimated net worth of $350 million, Laker legend and all-time great Kobe Bryant lands just outside the top-five. With his production company flourishing to the tune of an Academy Award as well as his Nike deal still pumping out products, it's no surprise Bryant has made a huge fortune for himself in his post-playing career.
5. Shaquille O'Neal
Just ahead of Bryant is his former three-peat teammate, Shaquille O'Neal. The four-time champion center and Hall of Famer has been involved in an innumerable amount of endorsements throughout and after his career, helping boost his net worth to an estimated $400 million. The General Insurance, Gold Bond and Icy Hot are just some of the commercials you can find the Diesel in these days, when he isn't busy roasting Charles Barkley on "Inside the NBA."
4. LeBron James
King James has seemingly done it all in the NBA, and his off-the-court endeavors have contributed just as mightily to his net worth at this juncture, which is reported to be around the $440 million mark. Considering the fact that he's had a Nike contract as long as he's been able to vote, that definitely helped boost things. James, like Bryant, also has his own production company, and will be working on "Space Jam 2" this summer. Business is certainly booming for No. 23.
3. Magic Johnson
With Magic Johnson having recently stepped down as President of the Lakers, the all-time great Laker legend and Dream Team point guard now has one less business venture to oversee. Johnson has ownership interests in companies like Starbucks as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been to the World Series the last two seasons. One half of the duo (along with Larry Bird) who saved the NBA in the 1980s has been able to use that greatness and translate it into a net worth of a reported $600 million.
2. Junior Bridgeman
The far and away least recognizable name of this list, Junior Bridgeman, is only bested by one other NBA mogul with Chicago ties. Bridgeman is on the PGA board of directors, owned over 100 Wendy's and Chili's restaurants until he moved those assets to become a bottler for Coca-Cola. All of this to say that Bridgeman used his rigorous offseason business studies to translate his 12-year playing career into a reported $600 million fortune, like that of Johnson.
1. Michael Jordan
You probably guessed this one. Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, did so much more off the court than just practice his jump shot. Endorsement deals with Nike, the development of the Jordan Brand, and his deals with Upper Deck and Gatorade include just some of the moves that have made Jordan the first former player to reach a billion dollar net worth -- AND HE'S NOW WORTH $1.9 BILLION! Oh by the way, he starred in "Space Jam" and owns the Charlotte Hornets too.