Within the National Basketball Association, there are plenty of superstar players that have made a name for themselves in the league. Off the court, some of these players must have a significant other in their life. A woman that motivates them to keep on going and is always there for them. Each player seeks different characteristics in a woman and usually attract women that are usually famous as well.
According to MoneyNation, the average NBA player in 2015 made $5,235,864. A seven-figure contract does certainly increase your chances of finding your special someone. Although, it doesn’t guarantee that you will find your soulmate. A multiple time championship player like Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, makes around $30 million. However, he is happily married to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart. They have three children together, Lebron Jr., Zhuri and Bryce Maximus.
It isn’t common that stand-out players have the same girlfriend that they had since high school, James being one of the exceptions. It is even rare to see a well-known player that has been with the same significant other before they acquired their lucrative NBA contract.
Here is a list of 15 superstar NBA players and who they are dating.
15 Kyrie Irving and Chantel Jeffries
Irving entered the NBA once he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a highly skilled point-guard that has gained a championship ring for the Cavaliers’ 2015-2016 season. Irving makes roughly $17 million a year, based off a five-year contract that he signed.
Jeffries and Irving have been seeing each other, according to Terez Owens. She has a past for dating other athletes and celebrities. They were seen together at Game 1 of the NBA Finals last year and were seen eating together at a Chick-Fil-A. Jeffries also posted to Snapchat a picture of her wearing Irving’s hat. There is no indication that the two have broken up since then.
14 Ben Simmons and Brittany Renner
Simmons was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first-round of the 2016 NBA draft. He went to Louisiana State University and is skilled small-forward. For being only 20-years-old and making it in the NBA, that is impressive. However, he still has to prove himself on the court, being that he is a rookie.
According to TotalProSports in July 2016, Simmons is dating Renner, who is a well-known model. She has a built an extensive fan-base on Instagram by posting her modeling or promotion pictures on there.
Renner has her own clothing line and promotes various different hair products on social media. Additionally, she makes a living by being known as a fitness personality and promotes nightclubs by attracting a crowd. Simmons has already gotten accustomed to the lavish lifestyle of an NBA player by scoring a model as a girlfriend.
13 Marko Jaric and Dusica Savic
Originally from Yugoslavia, Jaric was drafted to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second-round of the 2000 NBA draft. He was one of Serbia’s most valuable basketball players and won an Italian League title with Manu Ginobili in the late 1990s.
Although, his European basketball skills didn’t translate well on the NBA court. He was still able to find love with the $40 million he got after playing in the NBA for seven years. He retired from the NBA, after his 2008-2009 season with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Recently divorced, Jaric was last seen together with Savic. She has been a Serbian model since high school. They were seen together in 2015 by Splash News paparazzis. They posted pictures of the two in the ocean kissing and being affectionate. If that doesn’t imply a relationship, then I don’t know what does anymore.
12 Blake Griffin and Brynn Cameron
Griffin was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first-round of the 2009 draft. He has been known for his impressive dunks and has also starred in numerous commercials. He has stayed loyal to the team that has drafted him, embarking on his seventh season on the Clippers this year.
Cameron and Griffin had their first child together, Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin in Aug. 2013. She has given birth to their second-child together, Finley Elaine Griffin, in Sept. 2016. Griffin has more than enough money to take care of two kids. He makes an average $20 million a year with the contract he signed.
She previously had a son, Cole Cameron Leinart, with NFL quarterback, Matt Leinart. Fun fact, Cameron played college basketball at the University of Southern California. Only time will tell if Ford Cameron-Griffin will follow the career choice of his father.
11 Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian
It was reported by People in September 2016, that Thompson and Kardashian are in fact dating. Thompson was picked up in the first-round of the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is originally from Canada and is 25 years-old, compared to Kardashian, who is 31.
Thompson is an extremely talented center that helped the Cavaliers win a championship last year. He is expecting a child with his ex-girlfriend, Jordan Craig. However, that doesn’t seem to scare Kardashian away. They were seen together at the Cavaliers ring ceremony and always are featured together on social media.
Kardashian who is a well-known reality television star, just recently started her own women’s jeans line. Thompson makes a yearly income of $14 million, after he signed a five-year contract worth $82 million with the Cavaliers.
10 James Harden and Analicia Chaves
Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA draft in 2009. After playing for the Thunder for three seasons, he left to join the Houston Rockets. A talented shooting-guard that once shared the same jersey as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
According to The Daily Caller, Harden is dating a model named, Analicia Chaves. It was reported that he was previously dating the reality television star, Khloe Kardashian in 2015. However, they allegedly broke up due to long distance issues. There was also a five year age gap between Kardashian, who is 32, and Harden being, 27.
Harden’s new girlfriend, Chaves, is the same age as Harden. She was born in 1989 in New Bedford, Massachusetts and has rose to fame using the popular social media app, Instagram. Chaves dominates not only the Instagram realm, she also has a Snapchat account and has appeared in various hip-hop music videos.
9 Kevin Durant and Jasmine Shine
Durant, an all-star and Olympic basketball player, was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the first-round of the 2007 draft. The next year, the Supersonics were changed to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Durant played for them until the 2016-2017 season. He now plays for the Golden State Warriors, and continues to be one of the best small-forwards in the league.
According to multiple sources, the two have been an “on and off couple.” However, they’re officially seeing each other and Durant even refers to her as “wifey.” It is a bit unclear how Shine makes her living. Although, some speculate that she is a model that posts most of her material on Instagram. There are also rumors that Durant might pop the question to her, but we will find out in due time.
8 Tyus Jones and Alyssa Goehner
Jones was drafted into the NBA in the first-round of the 2015 draft. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jones was a fierce point-guard for Duke, when he was in college. However, he hasn’t seen much playing time since his arrival in the league.
Goehner has been Jones’ girlfriend since high school, similar to Lebron James’ relationship. They both attended Apple Valley High School in Minnesota and even went to the same pre-school together. Although, they weren’t dating then, it is as if they were destined for each other.
Both of them are athletes, except Jones makes an average of $1 million a year, with his contract that he signed with the Timberwolves. Goehner plays volleyball frequently and would like to make the U.S. national team someday, according to LiveRampUp.
7 Jordan Clarkson and Kendall Jenner
Clarkson was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second-round of the 2014 NBA draft. He never played for the Wizards, but was instead traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson has been the point-guard for the Lakers since his arrival. He is an average point-guard that has been in the league for two full seasons, so far.
Jenner is a fashion model, a writer and has also appeared numerous times on her family’s television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. According to various media outlets, Clarkson and Jenner have been dating each other for months. They have been spotted at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, an Italian restaurant.
Clarkson makes around $12 million a year from his NBA contract, while Jenner has a net worth of $10 million. The two certainly aren’t going to be short on money anytime soon and genuinely seem to like each other.
6 Paul George and Jessica Burciaga
George was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the first-round of the 2010 NBA draft. He has established a name for himself in the league at only 26 year-old and is frequently called, “PG23.” He has been in the league for six years and is their essential small-forward. He signed a five year contract with the Pacers, guaranteeing him around $91 million.
He has been dating Burciaga, who was former Playboy Playmate of the month in Feb. 2009. She also promotes various products on the different social media platforms that she has accounts on. George has posted pictures of Burciaga on Instagram, supporting the claims that they’re seeing each other. Although, she is older than George, they still make it work and are casually dating.
5 Pau Gasol and Silvia Lopez Castro
He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA draft in 2001. He has played on five different teams throughout his 15 years of being in the league. Gasol is undoubtedly one of the best centers in the league. He won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, when superstar player Kobe Bryant was still on the team.
Castro is a cheerleader for Spain’s Dream Cheers, they perform at European basketball games during halftime. Gasol played for FC Barcelona when he wasn’t playing in the NBA. The two crossed paths at the 2009 Poland’s Eurobaske where she was performing and they hit it off.
It was rumored that the two split. However, it was ultimately dismissed by Gasol himself in an ESPN interview that he did with Ramona Shelburne in 2011.
4 DeAndre Jordan and Amber Alvarez
Jordan is currently 28 years-old and is a center for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was drafted to them in the second-round of the 2008 NBA draft. Jordan attended Texas A&M University prior to joining the NBA.
It has been reported by MTO News, that he has been dating Alvarez for more than two years. They have been seen together on social media since July 2013. She is a model, and posts the majority of her pictures either on her Twitter or Instagram account.
Jordan has been in the NBA for eight season and makes $21 million a year. Alvarez has been modeling since she was 16 years-old and also grew up with a very religious family. She often posts religious excerpts from the bible on her blog or social media timeline.
3 Serge Ibaka and Keri Hilson
He was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first-round of the 2008 NBA draft. Ibaka played for the Thunder for seven seasons, until he was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016. He makes roughly $12 million a year from the contract he has signed.
Hilson is an R&B singer that is in the process of creating her third studio album, titled L.I.A.R., it is due to come out soon. She has worked with, Kanye West, Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne on her previous albums. Hilson has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
There was a rumor that Ibaka and Hilson were going to break up, due to Ibaka not wanting to get married. However, they seem to have worked things out and are still together. They were last seen together at Russell Westbrook’s wedding in 2015, his former teammate on the Thunder.
2 Andrea Bargnani and Nawal Ayoub
The Toronto Raptors acquired Bargnani in the first-round of the 2006 NBA draft. He has been playing in the NBA for 10 years now and currently plays center for the Brooklyn Nets. Bargnani and Ayoub have been spotted together since as a early as 2013, when he was traded to the New York Knicks.
Ayoub is a Colombian-Lebanese model and actress that has had a successful career. She has a presence on most of the popular social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The couple have pictures together on their social media accounts, proving they’re indeed going out. Bargnani makes around $1 million a year, for being a decent seven-foot tall center.
1 Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson
Rose was drafted into the NBA in the 2008 draft, by the Chicago Bulls in the first-round. He has had a troubled career staying healthy. He was expected to be one of the next greatest point-guards in the league. Rose played on the Bulls for seven seasons and now plays for the New York Knicks.
Anderson his girlfriend, is from Chicago as well. She has posted pictures of her wearing his jersey on her Instagram account. She has a social media presence on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. She has over 70,000 followers on Instagram and only 7,000 on Twitter. It is unclear as to how she makes a living, perhaps she promotes on social media.
Rose has been dating her for months now and even provides for her. Anderson has been rumored to be pushing Rose to make their relationship public.
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