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What is Britney Griner’s net worth? Recently convicted WNBA star’s personal wealth estimate

Britney Griner was detained in Russia, where she was charged with smuggling and possession of narcotics. The story caught the attention of the media and many fans tried to help the talented basketball player.

The WNBA star could return to her homeland shortly after the Joe Biden administration offered to trade Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms dealer, for her and Paul Whelan, another US citizen arrested in Russia .

So far, there have been no further discussions regarding the swap. The two-time gold medalist was sentenced to nine years on drug charges, which will likely make the prisoner swap even harder to do.

In this article, we will find out how much Griner is worth and where she made the most money.


Britney Griner has earned millions from her basketball skills

Britney Griner is a nine-year WNBA veteran who was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft. She has spent her entire career with the Phoenix Mercury, where she was a seven-time All-Star.

However, WNBA players are paid significantly less than their NBA counterparts, which is why Griner’s contract with the Mercury is only worth $664,544. That’s the value of a three-year contract, which means one of the best players in the world only earns around $200,000 in the league.

Due to low salaries, many talented WNBA players play overseas during the offseason. This is how Griner made a lot of money by joining the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China after his rookie season.

Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner (No. 1 pick) earned $49,440 in 2013. In China, she was paid $600,000 with the WCBA’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

Griner earned $600,000 in China for just four months of basketball, 12 times more than his rookie contract with the Mercury.

The WNBA star also spent three seasons in Russia, where she is currently being held. Griner played for UMMC Yekaterinburg, winning several championships.

Griner reportedly earned $1 million a season in Russia, so it’s no surprise she decided to play there. While her biggest WNBA contract is the maximum contract, the maximum she has earned in a single season in the United States is $227,000.

Griner’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at $5 million.


WNBA vs. NBA Salaries

Griner found herself in a difficult situation after possessing drugs. However, WNBA players will most likely continue to play overseas unless something drastically changes.

While NBA players make millions even on minimum contracts, WNBA players, at best, make hundreds of thousands.

The hard truth is that the WNBA is not very popular. It is also a relatively young league since it was founded in 1996, so it may take a few more decades to grow and become popular.

The NBA brings in 120 times more revenue than the WNBA, and that’s why NBA players get paid so much more. Until the women’s professional basketball league finds a way to be more profitable, its players will continue to play overseas.


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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