Kobe Bryant Net Worth as of 2019: $366 Million
But how did the 13th overall pick from Philadelphia become one of the greatest basketball players of all time? And how did it affect his net worth? What did his decisions as a basketball player and an international pop culture icon do to his bank account. We take a look back, breaking it down year by year.
Kobe Byrant was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the -Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe was selected to his first NBA All-Star team, the youngest All Star starter in NBA history. He was also a runner-up for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.
-In 1998, after becoming a full time starter, Kobe signed a 6-year, $70 million contract extension, which kept him with the Lakers until the 2003-04 season.
In 1999, the Lakers hired NBA legend Phil Jackson as their coach, who would coach Kobe to 5 NBA championships
2000 – 2002
During the 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons, Kobe Bryant‘s Lakers would be NBA champions. With the help of center Shaquille O’Neal, the early 2000’s Lakers teams are considered one of the greatest sports dynasties in history. They would defeat the Indiana Pacers, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the New Jersey Nets, consecutively.
During the 2002 season, Bryant played in 80 games for the first time in his career, and claimed his first All-Star MVP trophy.
During the 2003 season, problems began to arise in Los Angeles, specifically between All Stars Kobe and Shaq.
Also in 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault in Colorado, but the charges were eventually dropped, and a civil suit was settled out of court.
The Kobe Bryant sexual assault case began in July 2003 when the news media reported that the sheriff’s office in Eagle, Colorado had arrested professional basketball player Kobe Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a 19-year-old hotel employee. Bryant had checked into The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, a hotel in Edwards, Colorado, on June 30 in advance of having surgery near there on July 2 under Dr. Richard Steadman. The woman accused Bryant of raping her in his hotel room on July 1, the night before the surgery. Bryant admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied the assault allegation. The case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify in the case. A separate civil suit was later filed against Bryant by the woman. This was settled out of court and included Bryant’s publicly apologizing to his accuser, though admitting no guilt on his part.
2004 – 2007
After the Lakers lost the 2004 NBA Finals, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat, making Kobe the face of the franchise.
After the 2004 season, Kobe signed a 7-year extension with the Lakers, worth more than $136.4 million.
Kobe led the league in scoring during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In the 2006 season, Kobe scored a career high 81 points, the second most points scored in a single game in league history.
Kobe was the centerpiece of director Spike Lee’s documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work”, where he used 30 cameras to capture the player’s every move during a game in 2008.
During the 2008 season, Kobe was named the NBA’s MVP. That season, the Lakers would go on to lose the NBA finals to the Boston Celtics.
He was a member of the 2008 USA Olympic Basketball team
2009 – 2010
– Bryant led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the NBA Finals MVP Award on both occasions.
-Nike launched Zoom Kobe IV in 2010; the company’s “lightest basketball shoe ever.”
-On April 2, 2010, Kobe signed a 3-year, $87 million contract extension.
2011 – 2012
In December 2011, Bryant’s net worth took a hit when his wife, Vanessa, 2011 filed for divorce after ten and half years of marriage. Vanessa took possession of the couple’s three mansions in Newport Beach, Calif. that are worth $18.8 million according to property records. The couple had no pre-nup and Vanessa’s divorce settlement could be in the $100-150 million range.
On April 13, 2011, the NBA fined Bryant $100,000 for directing a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams in frustration in the previous day’s game.
On April 10, 2013, Bryant became the first player in NBA history to get 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in an NBA game.
On April 12, Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon against the Golden State Warriors, ending his season. His injury came while he was playing seven consecutive quarters and at least 40 minutes for seven consecutive games. The 34-year-old Bryant was averaging his most minutes (38.6) in six years, and only Portland rookie Damian Lillard was averaging more minutes.
Despite his injury and increasing age, Kobe signed a 2-year, $48.5 milion dollar contract with the Lakers.
Bryant resumed playing on December 8 after missing the season’s first 19 games. On December 17, Bryant matched his season high of 21 points in a 96–92 win over Memphis, but he suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee that was expected to sideline him for six weeks.
2014 – 2015
On March 12, 2014, the Lakers ruled Bryant out for the remainder of the season, citing his need for more rehab and the limited time remaining in the season.
On November 30, 2014, in a 129–122 overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors, Bryant recorded his 20th career triple-double with 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. At age 36, he became the oldest NBA player to ever achieve 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game.
On December 14, Bryant became the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer, passing Jordan (32,292) in a 100–94 win against Minnesota.
On January 21, 2015, Bryant suffered a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder while driving baseline for a two-handed dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans. He underwent season-ending surgery for the injury, and was expected to be sidelined for nine months with a return targeted toward the start of the 2015–16 season.
On November 29, 2015, Bryant announced via The Players’ Tribune that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
2016 – 2017
On April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game.
On the weekend before his final game, Kobe Bryant starred alongside Michael B. Jordan in a commercial for Apple TV–just another example of Kobe finding new ways of cashing in those checks. Is this the beginning of a new endorsement deal?
Although Kobe Bryant is retiring from basketball, his killer instinct is sure to carry him through his post-NBA career, dominating whatever he sets his mind to next, and continuing to increase his current net worth of $365 million dollars.
According to the Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant states that Michael Jordan still trash-talks even after both of their careers were over.
Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa announced on social media that they are expecting their fourth daughter in 2019.