On the heels of the NBA finals, the NBA draft kicked off on June 23 in Brooklyn, N.Y.. The draft is an exciting time for any rookie, as a career in the NBA can mean great financial success, especially for first-round picks, who can earn much more than the average NBA player. First-round draft picks are required to sign four-year rookie contracts, including two guaranteed years with the team. The value of rookie contracts is determined by the player’s position in the draft.
The NBA draft is certainly an exciting time for players entering the NBA and the teams they’re joining, but as an avid basketball fan, you’re probably also paying close attention to see which players your team will select. Last season is officially in the books and the fall brings a fresh start, so find out which teams got the top picks in the 2016 NBA draft.
Ben Simmons: No. 1 NBA Draft Pick
Projected salary over two years: $12.1 million
First up were the Philadelphia 76ers, who chose forward Ben Simmons of Louisiana State University as their first pick and No. 1 pick overall of the 2016 draft. Simmons made a name for himself early in his college basketball career at LSU, where he was selected as the national freshman of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, The Sporting News and USA Today. Additionally, Simmons was honored as the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year and he made the All-SEC first team.
Simmons was the projected first pick of the 2016 NBA draft, and even signed an endorsement deal with Nike in early June 2016 before the draft ever happened.
Brandon Ingram: No. 2 NBA Draft Pick
Projected salary over two years: $10.8 million
Duke University forward Brandon Ingram was the No. 2 draft pick, chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers. The ACC Freshman of the Year and USBWA freshman All-America team member has been compared to NBA great Kevin Durant.
Jaylen Brown: No. 3 NBA Draft Pick
Projected salary over two years: $9.7 million
University of California forward Jaylen Brown was the No. 3 draft pick, chosen by the Boston Celtics. The first-team All-Pac 12 pick and the league’s freshman of the year scored more than 20 points in six games last season — all on the road.
Top NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Some top NBA draft picks fail to live up to their reputation, but others have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the league. Find out which of today’s top players were the number one pick during their draft year.
LeBron James Net Worth: $340 Million
LeBron James was the No. 1 pick in 2003. James’ net worth is $340 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Derrick Rose Net Worth: $70 Million
Derrick Rose went was the No. 1 pick in 2008. Rose’s net worth is $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Blake Griffin Net Worth: $30 Million
Blake Griffin was the No. 1 pick in 2009. Griffin’s net worth is $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Endorsements and Sponsorships of NBA Players
NBA players earn a big paycheck from their team, but they can also bring in huge bonuses from endorsements and sponsorships. There are 10 NBA players who will rake in $5 million or more in endorsements and sponsorships during 2016, according to NBC Sports:
- LeBron James: $48 million
- Kevin Durant: $36 million
- Kobe Bryant: $25 million
- James Harden: $17 million
- Derrick Rose: $14 million
- Dwayne Wade: $12 million
- Chris Paul: $8.5 million
- Carmelo Anthony: $8 million
- Blake Griffin: $8 million
- Dwight Howard: $5 million