LeBron James might eventually go down as the best basketball player to grace the hardwood, but that will not be the only part of his legacy. James has his heights set for greatness to continue well beyond the moment he drops his last bucket.
At the ripe age of 19, James signed his first NBA contract worth $12.9 million across three seasons. James, who surpassed 30,000 career points this season (good for seventh all-time), is not surprisingly also near the top of the list for the league’s greatest earners.
According to Spotrac, James will have earned $233.89 million across 15 NBA seasons, making him the sixth-ranked NBA earner of all time. Counterparts ahead of James on the all-time list are Tim Duncan ($240.1 million), Dirk Nowitzki ($246.6 million), Shaquille O’Neal ($286.3 million), Kobe Bryant ($323.3 million) and Kevin Garnett ($334.3 million).
James will move into fourth place after next season and has a chance to finish his career at the top of the heap.
The Grizzlies missed the mark — Memphis, a franchise guys didn’t even want to work out for because they weren’t convinced with the direction the team was going, failed to pick guys who would make immediate impacts on the team. Taking Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. with the No. 4 overall pick was confusing, considering they already have former Spartan star Deyonta Davis, who is essentially the same player.
Memphis then took West Virginia guard Jevon Carter in the second round. While Carter enjoyed a productive career with the Mountaineers, he struggled to score at times, and is very small by NBA standards. His defensive prowess may take a hit at the next level.