Chris Paul is just 35 years old and has no plans of retiring just yet, but he’s already the fifth-richest NBA player of all time.
Paul has played the fewest amount of seasons of any player in the top 10 in career earnings, but his intelligence and business savvy have led to some extremely player-friendly deals throughout his career. The Thunder guard has enough money to last him a lifetime, but he’s gunning for the No. 1 spot over Kevin Garnett before he walks away from the sport.
So, how much has Paul made in the NBA and how much more does he need to catch Garnett?
Chris Paul’s NBA career
Paul has been one of the best point guards in the NBA since his debut in 2005. The 16-year veteran has racked up a Rookie of the Year award, 10 All-Star appearances, and eight All-NBA Team nods.
Over the course of his career, Paul is averaging 18.5 points, 9.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. Paul has led the NBA in steals six times and he’s done the same with assists four times. He ranks seventh all-time in both steals and assists in NBA history.
Paul has moved around a ton during his NBA career, but he’s been just as effective at every stop along the way. The point guard has spent time with the Hornets, Clippers, Rockets, and Thunder, and he’s never averaged less than 15.6 points or 6.7 assists per game in any season.
Paul has established himself as one of the all-time great point guards, and he sure has been paid like it.
Paul is the fifth-richest NBA player of all time with $260 million in career earnings
Paul has had an incredibly successful career on the court, and it’s translated to even greater financial success for the future Hall-of-Famer.
In 16 years as a pro, Paul has racked up over $260 million in career earnings. And that doesn’t even include his many endorsements. Paul already ranks fifth all-time in terms of career earnings, and he’s not done yet.
Paul will pass Kevin Garnett as the richest NBA player of all time in two years
Paul is 35 years old and on the downside of his career, but he’s still one of the highest-paid players in the NBA today. He recently signed a four-year, $159.7 million contract, which will give him over $85 million over the next two years.
Once his contract is paid in full, Paul will pass Garnett as the richest NBA player of all time with over $342 million in earnings.
LeBron James is the only player who will be able to top Paul by the end of their careers. When it’s all said and done, Paul will retire as the second-richest NBA player to ever live.
Everyone else can have their rings. If Paul never gets one, he’ll still have bragging rights in the financial department.