Professional basketball players are some of the highest-paid athletes around, so of course many of these players tend to outfit their garages with the coolest cars. Sometimes, it even seems like NBA players are competing with each other to see who can get the most incredible cars. Check out our list below of who comes out on top:
Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors – Porsche 911 GT3 RS ($175,900)
You may think the Porsche 911 is a bit common, but the GT3 RS is a very special vehicle indeed. It’s essentially a hardcore track-tuned version of the venerable 911, and includes features like a gigantic rear wing that adds functional down-force, a cabin-mounted fire extinguisher, and carbon fiber body panels to reduce weight. It’s also powered by a 500 horsepower flat-six that can get the GT3 RS to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Clearly, Steph Curry knows what he’s doing.
Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets – Conquest Knight XV ($600,000+)
The Conquest Knight XV is a pretty radical departure from what most people think of when they think of exotic cars. Instead of supercar speeds, the Knight XV is a fully armored luxury SUV built on the chassis of a Ford F550. Inside, it’s full of high-quality materials and luxurious finishes – but it’s still capable of withstanding rifle fire from an AK-47. This may be one of the rarest vehicles on this list, as only 100 were made, and they take over 4,000 hours to hand-build.
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat – Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren ($495,000)
While the Mercedes SLR McLaren is no longer in production, it’s still an interesting choice for a vehicle. The SLR was built as a project by Mercedes and McLaren, who ran a joint Formula 1 team at the time. With an initial starting price of a half-million dollars, it’s powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8, which allows it to attain a top speed of 202 mph. They’re also pretty rare, with only 2,157 made across the world.
Chris “Birdman” Anderson, free agent – SportChassis P4XL ($217,092)
Chris “Birdman” Anderson may have a big arm span, but he’s got an even bigger truck. The SportChassis P4XL is built off the Freightliner M2 Sport 4×4, which is commonly used for applications like a heavy-duty tow truck, cranes, ambulances, and fire trucks. But instead of going in a practical direction, SportChassis has made it into what they call “the ultimate luxury sport utility vehicle on the planet.” It’s powered by an 8.3-liter diesel, which can produce up to 1,020 pound-feet of torque, and decked out inside with luxurious materials, high-end multimedia systems, and heavy sound insulation.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – Lamborghini Aventador Roadster ($670,000)
LeBron is fairly notorious for his collection of luxury cars, but his Lambo Roadster takes the cake. The Aventador is Lamborghini’s V12-powered flagship with 740 horsepower, enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in three seconds. But the real joy of the Aventador is in the little touches that can make anyone feel like a little kid again. For example, the start button is hidden under a red cap, just like the missile button on a fighter jet’s joystick.
Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves – Bugatti Veyron – ($1,700,000)
Derrick Rose likes to cruise around in one of the most expensive and fastest cars around, the Bugatti Veyron. The Veyron was the first production car with a price tag of over $1,000,000, and for a brief period of time, it was the fastest production car in the world, with a top speed of 253 mph in the original version, and 267 mph in the Veyron Super Sport version that came out a few years later. The Veyron isn’t just expensive to buy – it’s also expensive to own. When Rose wants new tires for his car, he’ll have to ship the wheels to France to have them installed for $70,000.