LeBron James net worth is up for discussion every time the NBA Playoffs roll around.
Pulling down much more than rebounds, LeBron James – known to many as King James – is one of the most talented and highest paid basketball players to ever hit the hardwood.
One of the last players to enter the NBA straight from high school, a move that created almost as much as hype as “The Decision” in 2010, James is also the NBA’s biggest endorsement player.
Practically born with a basketball in his hand (James’ mother gave him a miniature basketball and hoop when he was an infant, with which he’d play for hours on end), James has been a standout on the court ever since he step foot on one. The youngest person ever to be named on the USA Today All USA first team, James was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year his junior year of high school, and even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated while still in high school.
His career, and net worth, would become immeasurable.
So the question must be asked, because after all he is a King, what’s LeBron James net worth?
Lebron James’ net worth is an estimated $185 million dollars.
After graduating high school, James was chosen as the number one pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was voted Rookie of the Year, and helped the U.S. Olympic team net two gold medals.
The current Heat star has led his team to win two NBA championships, and has earned three MVP Awards – all moves that have increasingly inflated his NBA salary, as well as his ever-growing endorsement deals. All combined, LeBron’s net worth comes in at an estimated $185 million.
King James makes his mega-bucks both on and off the court. James will earn $19 million from the Miami Heat in 2014, and supplements his salary with his many endorsement deals with such mega companies as Samsung, Nike, McDonald’s, Upper Deck, and Dunkin Donuts, among many others; his overall endorsement earnings net him an additional $42 million a year.
Forbes ranked James as the #16 celebrity earner last years.
Want more proof of his saleability? Sales of his Nike shoes alone totaled $300 billion in the U.S. in 2012, and his jersey is the league’s bestseller. Slam dunk.