KEY POINTS

  • Klay Thompson signed a 5-year, $190 million deal in 2019
  • In 2024, his estimated career earnings would be at least $300 million
  • Thompson suffered a season-ending injury after tearing his Achilles 

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson has built an impressive NBA career. He also amassed considerable wealth in the process.

Thompson was the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He has played all his career as a Warrior. Playing good basketball is in his genes as his father, Mychal Thompson, is a former NBA player who suited up for Portland, San Antonio and L.A. Lakers. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Thompson and teammate Stephen Curry are known as the “Splash Brothers” because of their ability to score a lot of points anytime. In his 10 years in the pro league, Thompson has an estimated net worth of $144 million. 

The Los Angeles, California native was named First-team All-Pac-10. He also owns the scoring record in a season for Washington State. Fortunately, he was able to translate his success in the amateur ranks to the professional league. 

Klay Thompson Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors is introduced prior to playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, Dec. 01, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Gregory Shamus

In the NBA, Thompson owns the record for most three points made in a game with 14. His shooting from beyond the arc was instrumental in the championship run for the Warriors who made the finals for five consecutive years from 2015 to 2019. The team won three titles in that span. Given his contributions and superstar status, it is only expected that Thompson has made millions in his 10-year career. 

The former Olympian made $38.8 million in 2020. Forbes ranked him 37th spot on the highest paid athletes list this year. The huge income comes from his basketball salary and earnings from lucrative deals with shoe brand Anta, which is allegedly worth $80 million in 10 years. He also represents brands such as Fanatics, Kaiser Permanente, and Tissot, among others. 

Thompson missed playing last season after suffering an ACL injury. He was on his way to recovery but another mishap happened when he was training. CBS Sports reported that the shooting guard suffered another season-ending injury, this time it was a torn Achilles. It remains to be seen how the Warriors can fill in the production of Thompson while he recuperates, but experts see some trades in the offseason to beef up the roster. Meanwhile, fans are beginning to worry if the Golden State made the right decision to give Thompson a max contract given his injury history in recent years. 

The Warriors signed him to a 5-year, $190 million deal in 2019. He is expected to become a free agent in 2024. By that time, he has earned at least $300 million in his career, per Spotrac.