Sometimes, athletes have way too much money and don't even know what to spend it on, this is very apparent when it comes to the NBA. Some bought a yacht (Latrell Sprewell), some bought a private jet (Scottie Pippen) and others bought replica pendants of themselves (Marquis Daniels). With the increase in the NBA salary cap, it's only a matter of time before more players join the list of some of the most impressive homes owned by athletes (whether you're a Superstar or not). Along with the cars, boats, clothes and jewelry, NBA players are known for their incredible homes.
Channel back to the early 2000s and the MTV celebrity program Cribs. The show featured countless episodes touring some of the most elegant and lavish homes that you'll ever see. NBA players were not exempt to this. There are stories of houses that include shark tanks (Gilbert Arenas), a sneaker room with a finger print security system (Joe Johnson) or even a damn Bat Cave (Danny Granger). As there aren't as many lifelong careers spent in one city as there used to be, many of today's players own multiple homes, one in the city that they play in, another in their hometown and a third as a holiday getaway home.
Because many of today's great players value their private time, it comes as no surprise that many of their homes feature access to golf courses, weight rooms, basketball courts, large swimming pools, theaters and games rooms. Why go out when you can have it all within a few steps where you're standing. Home sweet home for sure!
15 Andrew Wiggins (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Before the 2013/14 season tipped off, the Timberwolves made a move to start developing their future by trading Kevin Love for the first overall draft pick out of Canada. After signing his rookie contract which will bring him nearly $25 million, the much heralded Wiggins planted roots in Minneapolis with a $1.6 million home.
14 Russell Westbrook (Beverly Crest, California)
Along with his residence in Oklahoma, Russell Westbrook, who calls California home in the offseason, has recently purchased a $4.6 million dollar home from Kardashian tag-a-long Scott Disick.
13 Shaquille O'Neal (McDonough, Georgia)
While he may no longer be an active NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal, who is currently part of the TNT Inside the NBA crew, recently purchased an impressive 7,400 square foot, two house compound just outside of Atlanta.
12 Jimmy Butler (River North, Chicago)
Last year, Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler celebrated his new five year, $92 million dollar contract by settled into a 10,000 square foot mansion for the low cost of $4.3 million.
Equipped with an elevator, a three car garage, a large game room and theater room, Butler's six bedroom, seven bathroom isn't as out of the way as some of his fellow NBA brothers. Tightly nestled among neighboring houses, Butler's pad also features a large landscaped roof top deck, perfect for entertaining teammates and friends.
11 James Harden (Royal Oaks Country Club, Houston)
Moderately priced at $2 million, the Rockets All-Star guard resides in a three story, 7,100 square foot estate. Featuring the typical multi bedroom (4) and bathroom (5.5) that are common with houses this size, Harden's place also includes a theater, game room and library.
Built in 2002, the Mediterranean style home is part of the gated community attached to the Fred Couples designed course. Originally owned by former Rockets guard Cuttino Mobley, the outside of the home is equally as impressive as the inside with an infinity pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. Just a short sixteen mile drive from the Toyota Center, Harden's $118 million contract will keep him comfortable within his lavish residence.
10 10. John Wall (Potomac, Maryland)
John Wall didn't run out and purchase his 17,350 square foot mansion when he signed his first NBA contract, instead he lived in downtown Washington, DC. It wasn't until after signing a five year, $85 million contract (which runs until the end of the 2018/19 season), that Wall splurged on his $4.9 million dollar crib.
9 Blake Griffin (Pacific Palisades, California)
Since arriving in Los Angeles and becoming the face of the Clippers organization (sorry CP3), Blake Griffin has become a Superstar and therefore it's only fitting that he lives the star-studded lifestyle, one that has brought him over $96 million to date.
In 2014, Griffin splurged on a $9 million, 9,100 square foot home filled with everything the All-Star needs to fit in the Hollywood scene. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and an immensely large kitchen, Griffin has plenty of room for any out of town family or friends. Add in a home theater with a 130 inch screen, a gym, an outdoor pool and kitchen and the three acre, three story property is one of the most impressive homes in the neighborhood.
8 Stephen Curry (East Bay, San Francisco)
The reigning two-time NBA MVP doesn't look to be leaving the Bay Area anytime soon. Aside from the fact that the Warriors are once again the team to beat this season (and for the unforeseeable future thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant), Stephen Curry recently purchased a new crib for his family to grow in. Included in the over 10,000 square foot estate, Chef Curry's main house includes five bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms (why does everybody have so many bathrooms) and five fireplaces as well as a library, billiards room and a two bedroom guest house.
7 Tony Parker (San Antonio)
Some people would be shocked to find Tony Parker's name on this list, but the San Antonio point guard, four-time NBA champion and future Hall of Famer doesn't have a typical NBA style mansion, it is more of a villa.
6 Dirk Nowitzki (Preston Hollow, Dallas)
When you play for Mark Cuban, it's only fitting that you live like you play for one of the richest men in America. The Dallas Mavericks soon to be Hall of Fame forward has done just so, taking up residence in a giant 9,215 square foot home set on just under two acres of land is located in a neighborhood known as Billionaire's Row.
5 LeBron James (Bath Township, Ohio)
A house fit for a king is an understatement when it comes to describing James' 30,000 square foot kingdom. When he received his first NBA contract, LeBron bought the property that his $9.2 million mansion sits upon.
4 Chris Paul (Bel Air, California)
He may have paid a little less than his Clippers teammate, but Chris Paul's California estate is about 3,000 square feet larger than Blake Griffin's home. With over 12,000 square feet of living space, CP3 purchased his Mediterranean style estate from singer Avril Lavigne in 2012, one that is surrounded by fellow athletes and celebrities.
3 Chris Bosh (North Bay Road, Florida)
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away, ooh, I'm just sittin' on the dock of the day, wastin' time.
Those famous Otis Redding lyrics could be oh so true for Chris Bosh. Playing third fiddle during the Miami Heat's Super Team era wasn't all that bad for Bosh. Although he was an All-Star in each of his seasons in South Beach, Bosh wasn't the focal point of the franchise that he once was during his time with the Toronto Raptors, but hey, two championship rings will do more than fill that void.
2 2. Michael Jordan (Highland Park, Illinois)
There are very few NBA lists that are complete without mentioning Michael Jordan and this is no exception. While the house has been on the market for a number of years, it still is a sight to see. Listed at a creative $14,855,000 (which adds up to 23), there are very few who could justify living in such a lavish seven acre estate, which could be reason why it hasn't sold.
1 Shaquille O'Neal (Windermere, Florida)
When your nickname (one of many) is Superman, it's only fitting that you have a fortress built to match your over-sized persona and a second placement on this list. One of his many properties, Shaquille O'Neal has transformed this 70,000 square foot mansion into a giant man cave.
Equipped with eight bedrooms and thirteen bathrooms, Shaq's waterfront property also boasts an outdoor pool that has been dubbed Shaqupulco. Want more? Add in a large trophy room filled with numerous jerseys from around the sporting world, a full sized basketball court and a garage big enough to resemble a small car lot.
So where does a man of Shaq's size lay his head to sleep? How about in a bed that is 15 feet long and 30 feet wide, with Superman logo on the bedspread of course!
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