Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is often pitted against the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant in terms of abilities on the court. But how do they stack up against each other in terms of wealth?
Antetokounmpo has already amassed a huge fortune at 26 years old, with Celebrity Net Worth putting his net worth at $70 million. However, this amount pales in comparison to the wealth of 32-year-old Durant, who is estimated to be worth a staggering $170 million, according to the website.
Both NBA stars are in the top 20 of Forbes’ 2021 list for the world’s highest-paid athletes. The Greek player is estimated to have earned $47 million over the past year, putting him at no. 19 on the list. Meanwhile, Forbes ranked Durant no. 10 after he earned an estimated $75 million.
Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak,” had an average salary of $25 million per year between 2017 to 2021 based on his contract, according to Spotrac, but this will be bumped up to $45 million annually following his new deal.
In December 2020, the Bucks signed Antetokounmpo to a five-year supermax extension worth $228 million, The New York Times reported.
Aside from his NBA salary, Antetokounmpo also rakes in millions from his endorsement deals and sponsors, such as Nike, which extended its contract with him in 2017.
According to Forbes, he is estimated to have earned $25 million over the last year from endorsement and sponsorships, which also include Anheuser Busch InBev, Come Ready Foods, Electronic Arts, JBL and TCL.
Meanwhile, Durant signed a four-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets worth $164 million in 2019 following a three-year stint with the Golden State Warriors. The deal gives him an average salary of $41 million per year, as per Spotrac.
Aside from being one of the highest-paid NBA stars, Durant is also among the highest-earning players in the world outside the court, with Celebrity Net Worth reporting that he earned $65 million from various endeavors between June 2019 and June 2020.
Durant earns roughly $40 million from his endorsements and sponsorships, which include 2K Sports, Degree and Nike, Forbes reported. He also invested in more than 40 companies, including Postmates and Acorns, and purchased a stake in Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, giving him another revenue stream.
But Durant has not forgotten to give back. He founded the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF) in 2013 to support “at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs,” according to its website.