Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant will play for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer. He is one of 12 players named to the team and will be joined by Chicago Bulls shooting guard and forward Jimmy Butler.
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has a record-breaking 130-5 record, with 14 gold medals, one silver and two bronze. Although NBA favorites LeBron James and Stephen Curry won’t be playing at the Olympic Games, Team USA is sure to have a strong showing with Durant and Butler.
Here’s a look at Durant and Butler’s lucrative careers in the NBA, and how their career earnings compare.
Kevin Durant Net Worth: $100 Million
Durant’s net worth is $100 million, reported celebrity finance source Celebrity Net Worth. The 27-year-old free agent is no stranger to the Olympics — he helped the U.S. basketball team take gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Durant has a career average 27.4 points per game. He was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft in 2007. For the 2015-2016 NBA season, he earned $20.2 million, reported ESPN. Those earnings are up from the $19 million he earned in the previous season.
Forbes named Durant the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world, with $56.2 million in cumulative earnings. Durant’s endorsements include deals with Beats, Foot Locker, Nike, Neff and Sonic.
Jimmy Butler Net Worth: $2 Million
Jimmy Butler’s net worth is $2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In July 2015, the Chicago Bulls signed Butler. For the 2015-2016 season, ESPN reported he made $16.4 million off salary earnings.
The 26-year-old NBA star has a career average 13.6 points per game. Last season, he played 67 games and averaged 20.9 points per game. In 2015, he won the NBA Most Improved Player award and, in 2016, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team.
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will be Butler’s first foray into the international sporting event.
Rio Olympics 2016 USA Basketball Team Roster
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team sits atop the International Basketball Federation rankings at No. 1, ahead of Spain, Lithuania and Argentina. Despite Team USA boasting NBA stars like Carmelo Anthony, who helped the team win a gold medal in 2008, 10 players on the 12-man roster are first-timers to the Olympics.
In the months leading up to the release of the official roster, several NBA players came forward saying they would not play in the 2016 Olympics. Among those players were James Harden, LeBron James and Steph Curry.
Here’s the official roster for Team USA:
|U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team Roster|
|Carmelo Anthony||New York Knicks|
|Harrison Barnes||Golden State Warriors|
|Jimmy Butler||Chicago Bulls|
|DeMarcus Cousins||Sacramento Kings|
|DeMar DeRozan||Toronto Raptors|
|Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Paul George||Indiana Pacers|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|DeAndre Jordan||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Kyle Lowry||Toronto Raptors|
|Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors|
The U.S. is scheduled to play against China on Aug. 6; Venezuela on Aug. 8; and Australia on Aug. 10. Team USA will play against qualifying teams on Aug. 12 and Aug. 14.