Ex-center: NBA player – highest paid professional athlete per capita in U.S.


matt-fish-exnbaFormer CBA and NBA center Matt Fish in his recent Facebook post said that the NBA players are highest paid professional athletes (per capita) in the United States.

“They are definitely going to be some of the richest athletes that professional sports have ever seen. Per capita, the NBA player is the highest paid professional athlete in the United States. They sign guaranteed contracts that on the average bank more than $5.15 million per year,” he said.

“In comparison, the average Major League Baseball Player’s salary is around $3.2 million, NHL $2.7 million, and NFL is $1.9 million,” he said.

“I believe that every player has the right to accumulate as much money as they possibly can with the most years of guaranteed money they can muster,” Fish added.

He went on to say that in reality, the careers of basketball palyers are short, as considering 10 years of professional playing is a good stint.

“They make a lot of sacrifices, both physically and in their personal lives. They make a lot of money for their franchise owners and the NBA,” he said.

“These players have worked their entire lives to get to the point in their career where they can be paid amazing amounts of money for their services. The talent is second to none,” Fish added.

Former center said that today people are able to witness NBA players’ athleticism, sheer quickness, strength, flexibility, and endurance to the highest level achievable for the human body.

“These are the most talented basketball players in the world. On top of that, the game continues to change as basketball is ever evolving,” he said.

Fish was a 1992 second-round selection by the Golden State Warriors, but played one year in the CBA (1993-94), leading the team in rebounds and helping the Quad City Thunder win the CBA championship.

In 1994 he made his NBA debut in 1994 with the Los Angeles Clippers. His rookie season with the Clippers was perhaps his finest, as Fish averaged nearly five points in 14 minutes per game.

The 6’11 center played for LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, NY Knicks and Miami Heat during his NBA career. Fish played a total of 50 games in NBA (9 started), averaging 3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg in 10.2 mpg.

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