As the NBA Finals are in full swing, let’s take a look at some of the players who have made an appearance this postseason.
Leading the Phoenix Suns in their pursuit of their first National Championship, Chris Paul is working overtime. After spending much of his career with the LA Clippers, he was traded to Houston, then Oklahoma City, before landing in Phoenix in 2020.
The vegan veteran athlete has taken the team to new heights, and is showing he’s worth his $41 million salary! He has bounced around so much recently, he’s barely had time to sell his massive modern mansion in Houston.
The mansion was on the market for $8 million, but reduced to $7.2 million before it finally sold in January 2021. Whoever got the home will enjoy the five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies, steel-framed interior, Texas limestone finishes, and imported French roof tiles.
While his team didn’t make it past the first round, LeBron James still dominates the postseason conversation, because of his overwhelming influence on his team and on the league overall. He’s been playing for nearly 20 years, has amassed a fortune of half a billion dollars, and four championship rings.
LeBron grew up in Akron, Ohio, and played much of his career in Cleveland. While there, he bought a home on seven acres and promptly turned it into a 30,000 square foot paradise. The house has a two-story master suite, an aquarium, barber shop, full gym, and sports bar.
In 2015, James bought a mansion in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles for $21 million. But in 2017, he bought a better Brentwood home for $23 million. This home has eight bedrooms, massive kitchen, full gym, 15,000 bottle wine cellar, cigar lounge, and bar. Reports are that it’s going to be on the market this summer as the family upgrades, once again.
New Home in Beverly Hills, California
James reportedly bought a third LA-area home in 2020. This home was owned by a Hollywood powerhouse couple, and is a great fit for James and his family. It has the privacy he needs, as well as enough space to really feel comfortable. It is on 2.5 acres, but close to downtown LA, has a pool, tennis court, and more amenities fit for King James.
While Rudy’s Utah Jazz came into the Playoffs with the best record in the NBA and a serious chance to win it all, injuries kept the team from reaching their goal. But Rudy was a standout player this season, winning Defensive Player of the Year for the third time. The French player gained notoriety in March 2020, when he was the first player diagnosed with Covid-19. In December 2020, he was given a $205 million contract extension, one of the largest in NBA history!
Rudy lives in Salt Lake City, in a hillside mansion that he paid nearly $4 million for in 2017. It has 11,000 square feet of living space, a billiards table in the front room, a tennis court, and newly-installed pool where the 7-foot center can relax all summer.
Paul George has been playing in the NBA for a decade, but ended up back in his hometown area of Los Angeles in 2019 when he was traded to the Clippers. Happy to be back on the west coast, Paul bought the house of another NBA star, DeAndre Jordan, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets.
He bought the home for $16 million, which has 10,000 square feet of living space, seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, three stories, and an elevator. Outside, there’s a putting green, pool with a waterfall, and even an outdoor kitchen. Although his Clippers didn’t make it past the second round, he’s sure to soothe his feelings, and his aching muscles, in the spa-like bath in his owner’s suite.
Ben Simmons is an up and coming basketball star from Australia. He was the first overall draft pick in 2016, has dated a Kardashian, and is sure to be a powerhouse team leader for years to come. He has helped his team, the Philadelphia 76ers, make the playoffs every year.
He bought a house in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles in 2021 for $17.5 million. The modern-looking mansion has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, unique and funky decor, and even a kitchen dedicated to candy! Only a basketball star could get away with that! There’s a guest house by the pool fancier and bigger than most homes.
These are some of the stars of the 2020-2021 season, but the season isn’t over yet; and we have a few more games to go before we find out who will need to make room for a championship ring display, and who will go back to their mansions empty handed.