It looks like Donte DiVincenzo doesn't have much in his bank account.
This is not a story about a young player that has made millions and gone broke. Already. This is something altogether different — it’s about not having and then all of the sudden having.
This is not something uncommon when it comes to younger players coming into a professional sports’ league, specifically the NBA. A lot of today’s NBA stars are just young kids with a hefty payday that has expunged years of being penniless or close to it. The Milwaukee Bucks newly drafted Donte DiVincenzo just showcased evidence of this — as teammate DJ Wilson, a second-year player, posted what could be considered a humorous image from DiVincenzo’s bank account that boasted $2.68 in his checking and a $1.03 in his savings.
While this image can definitely be considered something of jest, it speaks volumes to the gargantuan lifestyle change that generally takes place when becoming a professional athlete. According to JS Online, the rookie salary scale for a professional basketball player in the NBA is at $2,067,500 million, and with a possible two-year deal and a customary 120 percent step, that could mean $5,386,800 million. Donte DiVincenzo is one of three first-round draft picks who have yet to sign their rookie contract, but DJ Wilson, again, who took the pic of DiVincenzo’s account from his statement on his mobile app, confirms what we already know, “his life is boutta change.”
It is this change that is probably the most underrated consequence of becoming a pro athlete. It’s underrated and underestimated. The bright lights and the gameplay, how each player performs on the stage, the sometimes miraculous moves and sensational shots (specifically speaking from the point-of-view of the NBA) pale in comparison to what takes place off the court. Whether addressed or not, spoken of or left unsaid, there is a correlation between being a player and making a lot of money — and that is the dream of professional sports: to play and to get paid handsomely to do so.