Back in the infamous 1996 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a trade to acquire Georgia Tech product Stephon Marbury from the Milwaukee Bucks. Marbury would become one of the most recognizable players in the league, earning two All Star nods, spending 13 seasons in the NBA with the Timberwolves, Nets, Suns, Knicks and Celtics.
Throughout his time in the NBA, Marbury would collect 19.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. At his best, Marbury was putting up 23.9 points per game, and his pay certainly reflected that. Marbury made a total of $151 million during his NBA career, and continues to get paid as he has been playing in China since 2010.
Despite his international success, a shoe deal that was popular because of the affordability and massive NBA salaries, Stephon Marbury is only estimated to be worth $45 million. Though there are countless numbers of players that have earned less than Marbury, there are some surprising names that have a net worth at the estimated $45 million that Marbury is currently at. Even with salaries going through the roof in the NBA, some people have been underpaid in their careers. Here are 15 current NBA players who have a lower net worth than Stephon Marbury.
16 Dennis Schroder
Not many people knew what to expect when Dennis Schroder became the 17th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. After all, Schroder had come from Germany, and didn’t have a tremendous amount of hype surrounding him. Schroder jumped off to a mediocre start in his rookie season, but has increased his numbers each season since then. In 2016-17, Schroder averaged a fantastic 17.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game.
Since Schroder took some time to develop, his contract certainly reflected that. Over his first three seasons, he would make $4.8 million, and his contract was worth $2.7 million in the 2016-17 season. It shouldn’t take too long until Schroder surpasses Marbury, though. Schroder has international appeal, and is set to make $15.5 million over each of the next four seasons.
15 Karl-Anthony Towns
Just like Dennis Schroder, you can file Karl-Anthony Towns in the list of players that should certainly surpass Stephon Marbury in net worth. For now, though, Towns has to settle with being one of the most underpaid players in basketball. Towns was of course the first overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft and had a fantastic rookie season. Towns has yet to miss a game in two years, and has amassed 21.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Despite some endorsements here and there, Towns is getting peanuts in terms of NBA salary. In his first two seasons, he has made just under $11.7 million, and is set to make around $14 million in the next two seasons combined. Give it some time, and Towns will be one of the richest players in the NBA.
14 Jeremy Lin
Back in 2010, nobody selected Jeremy Lin when he became eligible. The former Harvard star signed a deal with the Warriors, though, but never started a game with the team. The next year, Lin would bust out onto the scene, prompting “Linsanity” in New York City. Lin has played with the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets and Nets since then, making it seven full seasons in the NBA.
So far in his career, Lin has averaged 12.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while being a fan favorite. Despite international intrigue thanks to his bloodline, Lin has not been big on the endorsement side of things. He has also made just under $40 million in his career so far, but he is signed to $12 million plus deals in the next two seasons.
13 Isaiah Thomas
Just like Jeremy Lin, there wasn’t much that people expected from the career of Isaiah Thomas. The former University of Washington Huskie had to wait until the 60th overall pick to be selected by the Kings. Thomas played three seasons in Sacramento, and then had a short stint in Phoenix before going to his current team, the Celtics. Thomas had his best year in 2016-17, averaging 28.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.
The two-time All Star took some time to develop, and was being paid under $1 million per year by the Kings. Now with the Celtics, he’s still criminally underpaid for now. During his career, Thomas has earned $16.27 million, and just made another $6.58 million in the 2016-17 seasons. Even next year, Thomas will be making even less from the Celtics at $6.26 million.
12 Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo came into the NBA at the same time as Jeremy Lin, but didn’t have to wait nearly as long to hear his name. That’s because Biyombo was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Biyombo would spend his first four seasons in Charlotte, and then spent a year in Toronto before joining the Magic in 2016. Biyombo might not put up staggering numbers, but has plenty of time to develop and averaged 6.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game this season.
Biyombo was a hot commodity due to his potential stardom in the 2016 offseason, so the Magic were willing to give him four years and $70 million, and so far he has earned $17 million of that. Beforehand, Biyombo had made just a combined $15.73 million to bring his career earnings to just over $32 million.
11 Draymond Green
Coming out of Michigan State in 2012, Draymond Green was considered to be an undersized NBA prospect with potential on the defensive side. The Warriors took a chance on Green in the second round, making him the 35th overall pick. So far, they have not regretted it, as Green has become an asset (though sometimes controversially) on both sides of the ball.
In his five seasons with the Warriors, Green has put up an average of 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, though the career totals are brought down by his lack of playing time early. The early struggles also came through in his salary, as he made just $2.6 million in his first three seasons. Green has made just under $20 million since then, to bring his career earnings to just north of $32 million.
9 Rudy Gobert
You can also add Rudy Gobert to the list of players that will soon surpass Stephon Marbury thanks to the ballooning salary cap and player salaries that go along with it. Gobert was a late first round pick from France by the Nuggets, though he has spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz. Gobert is a defensive specialist that has also been getting better on the offensive side each season.
In 2016-17, Gobert averaged 14.0 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. For each of his first three seasons, Gobert was only raking in about $1.1 million. Even in 2016-17, Gobert was being paid just $2.1 million. The future looks bright, though, and should only take a few years to catch Marbury as he will be getting paid between $21.2 and $25.7 million in each of the next four seasons.
8 Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa has been in the league for a long time, and even if he never touched any of the money he has made in the NBA, he can’t catch Stephon Marbury (unless Marbury’s net worth collapses). Barbosa came into the league in 2004, and has played with Phoenix, Toronto, Indiana, Boston and Golden State. Overall, the Brazilian has put up 10.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Even in his prime, Barbosa was never making more than $7.6 million in a season. Through the 2016-17 season, Barbosa has earned just under $46.5 million, with another $4 million coming next year. It seems that it might be the final deal that Barbosa gets in the NBA, unless he’s willing to stick around for next to nothing (in NBA terms, that is).
7 Jae Crowder
Former Marquette standout Jae Crowder was a fine college player, but not really considered an NBA prospect. He had to wait until the 34th overall pick in 2012 to be selected, and wound up with the Dallas Mavericks. Crowder didn’t see the court much while in Dallas, and was eventually dealt to Boston. In his first two full seasons with the Celtics, Crowder has averaged at least 13.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Crowder is one of those late bloomers that took advantage of salary cap increases just a bit too early. Crowder earned $2.3 million in his first three seasons, and then took a five year and $35 million deal from Boston. Even with all of that put together, that’s nowhere close to Marbury’s net worth. At this point, Crowder would have to hold out or stick around in the league for a long time to earn that type of money.
6 Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo was certainly one of the more hyped prospects coming out of Indiana in 2013. The Magic didn’t land the number one pick that was used on Anthony Bennett, which was probably a good thing, so they took Oladipo with the second spot. Now with Orlando, Oladipo has had a fine start to his NBA career, putting up an average of 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Oladipo took advantage of the new salary cap at the right time (unlike Crowder), and is likely to one day surpass Marbury in net worth. Oladipo has earned just over $20 million in his first four seasons combined. Why he’s likely to surpass Marbury is because of the extension that he signed at the beginning of the 2016-17 season that will pay $84 million over the next four years.
5 J.R. Smith
Most of this list is made up of young guys that have exceeded expectations and salary, and then players that have been around for a long time and never got big paydays or endorsements. J.R. Smith doesn’t fit into either category, as he should one day be worth more than Stephon Marbury despite playing in the league for a long time. Smith made his debut in 2004, and has been playing ever since.
Now a member of the Cavaliers, Smith has averaged 12.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Through the 2015-16 season, Smith’s career earnings would have matched Marbury’s current net worth, but that means Smith wouldn’t have been able to spend a dime (even in taxes). Even with his $12.8 million in 2016-17, Smith’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million less than Marbury. With three years and more than $40 million left on his contract, Smith should be able to pass Marbury.
4 Jrue Holiday
It seems that every season since his rookie year back in 2010, Jrue Holiday has always shown the potential to be the next great point guard. The former 17th overall pick by Philadelphia hasn’t quite reached that elite level, but has had a very good career. The one-time All Star that just finished his fourth season with New Orleans has averaged 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists so far in his career.
Holiday cashed in when he joined the Pelicans, as his salary bumped up from $2.6 million to $9.2 million. Now that the 2016-17 season has ended, Holiday’s career earnings are estimated to be at $48.5 million. Holding on to all of that money would have slightly surpassed Marbury’s current net worth, but that’s not likely the case. With Holiday becoming a free agent this offseason, though, expect him to finally make the leap.
3 Kemba Walker
After dominating the opposition at UConn, Kemba Walker became the ninth overall pick in 2011 by Charlotte, and has remained with the franchise ever since. Walker started out by scoring 12.1 points per game his rookie season, and is coming off an All Star campaign where he posted 23.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Even though he was producing the entire time, it took a while for Walker to get paid.
Walker was making between $2.3 million and $3.3 million in each of his first four seasons before the Hornets finally gave him a four year and $48 million extension. Still, Walker is severely underpaid for his production, and stuck with his contract for two more seasons. His career earnings are at $34.7 million right now, and he will be getting paid $12 million in each of the next two years.
2 Jeff Teague
You would think that a former All Star that has been around in the NBA for eight seasons in this day and age would be making more than Stephon Marbury, but that’s not the case for Jeff Teague. Teague was the 19th overall selection in 2009 by Atlanta, and he would spend seven seasons with the Hawks and made the All Star team in 2015. Now with Indiana, Teague has averaged 12.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Teague did not have much production in his first two seasons, which hurt him in his first contract extension. Teague would have to wait until his fifth season to make more than $2.4 million, and was paid $8 million for each of his final three seasons with the Hawks. The Pacers paid him $8.8 million this season, bringing his career earnings to just under $40 million.
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo
We wanted to add Giannis Antetokounmpo onto this list, because this might be the final year where it’s actually applicable. Antetokounmpo was the 15th overall selection by the Bucks in the 2013 NBA Draft, and had a decent (All Rookie Team) season where he put up 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Since then, Antetokounmpo has become one of the best players in the NBA, and is fresh off of a season where he posted 22.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
In his first three NBA seasons, Antetokounmpo earned just a total of $5.6 million, and then another $3 million for the 2016-17 season. Now, the Greek Freak is set to become a megastar as his four year, $100 million extension starts in 2017-18. Add in the endorsements that are set to come in the next few years, and Antetokounmpo will undoubtedly surpass Marbury in net worth.