Cars are functional. They get you from point A to point B. The average price of a new car in the USA is $36,000, but many people opt for a less expensive option of buying second hand. Cars cost a lot of money, and that’s before you factor in the maintenance costs.
The situation looks different if you are earning millions of dollars every year. Celebrities and sports stars, who must have trouble knowing what to do with their money at times, often have huge collections full of Lamborghini and Bugatti vehicles. Le Bron James has an estimated net worth of over $450 million, and more Ferraris than most people have shoes.
Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive and impressive cars ever bought by NBA players.
Derrick Rose Splashes Out On A Bugatti
Derrick Rose was the youngest MVP (most valuable player) at the age of just 22. With a promising career ahead of him, he led the Memphis Tigers through their greatest performances ever. Unfortunately, Rose’s career has since been tainted by injuries, and he now plays for Timberwolves.
Aside from extensive surgery, there is a remedy for this kind of setback. Rose treated himself to a Bugatti Veyron, worth over $1.7 million. The 1,200HP beast can hit a comfortable 250mph (400km/h) and is the most expensive car on this list, also owned by the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Tom Cruise and Jay-Z.
Bugatti cars are about as exclusive as it gets. The French car company has only three models, with prices starting at $1.7 million and hitting $5.8 million for the recent ‘Divo’.
The problem with cars like this, aside from them being completely unaffordable for the general population, is the cost of maintenance. Even basics tasks to keep your vehicle at its best cost a fortune. An oil change on a Bugatti costs over $20k, more than the cost of a new Vauxhall.
LeBron Owns Ferraris He Probably Forgets About
Caption: LeBron James owns a Rolls Royce Phantom, but that’s not all he’s got in his collection…
When it comes to car collections, LeBron James’ is the most impressive of any NBA star. He is the superstar player who is a huge factor in the success of the LA Lakers, a team that often comes out a favorite in the NBA previews and predictions.
The main pick of the day is his Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. The $670k beauty runs on a V12 engine and 600HP. It’s not the fastest Lambo in the world, but it may just be the prettiest, especially with LeBron’s custom paint job, a collaboration between multiple artists.
Next up is his Rolls Royce Phantom. His particular model cost $400k, and there’s only been a couple hundred sold worldwide. Magic Johnson of the Showtime Lakers also owns one.
LeBron’s car collection goes on and on, from his $400k Maybach 57S and Hummer H2 to his Ferrari 599, Ferarri F430 and Ferrari 458 Spider.
Best of the Rest
There are literally hundreds of cars that we could pick out for this list, so let’s take a quick look at some of the most unique and quirky ones that NBA stars have in their garages:
- Dwight Howard’s Knight XV – While most opt for sports cars, Dwight Howard prefers super trucks. His Knight XV is one of only 100 that will ever be produced. It weighs in at 13,000lbs, has a 6.8-liter V10 engine, and is fully armored like a tank. There’s no doubt this truck is a monster on the road.
- Shaquille O Neal’s Lamborghini Gallardo – Though the initial purchase cost ‘Big Diesel’ around $200k, the upgrades he required were quite exceptional. The massive NBA player had the car stretched by 10 inches, the engine tucked in at the back and the front turned into the trunk.
- Honorable mentions – Dwayne Wade and his Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren and Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; Kobe Byrant and his Laker’s yellow Lamborghini Murcielago; and Michael Beasley and his Bentley Continental Flying Spur.