Over the course of his time in the NBA, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has earned a reputation as one of the very best scorers and shot-creators. Not only does he have an impeccable handle, but he has also proven himself capable of scoring when under even the most intense pressure. Of course, Irving also has a reputation for being moody and somewhat unpredictable.
Nonetheless, Irving’s skills remain in high-demand in today’s hyper-competitive league. As a result, Irving has amassed a significant fortune during his years in the NBA. Let’s look back at Irving’s career so far, as well as the contracts and endorsements he has signed, before investigating just how much Irving is worth today.
Kyrie Irving’s NBA career to date
Irving played a single year of college hoops at Duke, putting up 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 52.9% from the floor and 46.2% from three-point range. The Cleveland Cavaliers then selected Irving with the first pick of the 2011 NBA draft. Irving adapted quickly to life in the NBA, averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game during his first year.
Those numbers were strong enough to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. During his second year, Irving improved his scoring numbers to 22.5 points per game on 45.2% shooting. Irving made his first All-Star team that year, and has continued to put up big numbers in eye-popping fashion ever since.
LeBron James famously chose to return to Cleveland and pair up with Irving for the 2014-2015 season. They spent three years together, winning a championship in the 2015-2016, before relationships frayed and Irving expressed his desire to be traded elsewhere. Ultimately, the Cavs sent him to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a first-round pick.
Irving’s two seasons with the Celtics were marked by further contention. Despite performing well, Irving struggled with injuries and failed mesh with his Celtics teammates. Then in July 2019, Irving announced his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. This season he has averaged a whopping 27.4 points per game, but has only played in 20 games so far due to injury.
Contracts and endorsements
Kyrie Irving’s rookie contract saw his salary rise from $4.1 million to $7 million over his first four seasons in Cleveland. Before that fourth season, however, Irving signed a 5-year contract extension. Starting in 2015-2016, his salary jumped to $16.4 million, rising as high as $20 million during the 2018-2019 season.
At that point, Irving was finishing up his second year with the Celtics. He chose to opt-out of the fifth year of his contract in order to become a free agent. Ultimately, Irving signed a four year deal with the Nets worth $141 million. By the time that contract runs out after the 2022-2023 season, Kyrie will reportedly have made around $231.7 million in NBA contracts.
Irving also pulls in a significant amount of money through endorsements. Currently, he has deals with brands like Nike, Pepsi, 2K Sports, and Foot Locker. Those endorsements reportedly bring Irving as much as $23 million per year.
Kyrie Irving’s net worth
So when all is said and done, just how much is Kyrie Irving worth? The most useful way of assessing wealth is net worth, which balances assets against liabilities, providing a comprehensive picture of an individual’s financial situation. At present, Irving’s net worth is estimated at $70 million.
Of course, that number should continue to rise significantly in the coming years. For one thing, Irving’s lucrative contract with the Nets will see his yearly pay continue to rise. For another, so long as Irving can remain in peak competitive shape, it stands to reason that he will continue to be a desirable player in terms of endorsements.