A life of fortune and fame is something that, just about, everybody strives to achieve. For some, this desire is nothing more than a pipe-dream while others manage to attain said goals.
The perfect example of individuals living the life of the one percent can be found in professional sports. More specifically, the wealthy and popular players in the NBA. These skilled people have used their abilities to reach the opulence mentioned previously and taken their funds therein to purchase a litany of amazing assets. Such as: A Jay Leno style automotive collection.
From players like Michael Jordan to Dwayne Wade, many (if not all) have invested in beautiful cars that not only showcase their wealth but also their amazing taste in vehicles.
So, without further delay, here is a list of the top ten coolest cars owned by N.B.A. players today.
10. KEVIN DURANT’S FERRARI CALIFORNIA
First on the list is Kevin Durant’s Ferrari California. The California was reintroduced into Ferrari’s line-up of cars back in 2008 after having been absent since 1960. Making its debut in the Paris Motor Show, the car blew away spectators with its beautiful curves, technologically advanced convertible roof system, and continuation of the classic California model. Needless to say, this beautiful Ferrari will turn the heads of any passer-by with its outstanding colors and crisp V8 engine note.
With all of this in mind, it is no surprise that the Golden State Warriors player chose this iconic vehicle to cruise around the in the very state it was named after. Nothing screams an ideal day more than driving through Oakland, California in a Ferrari California.
9. STEPH CURRY’S RANGE ROVER
Next is Steph Curry’s Supercharged Range Rover. Both on and off the court, Steph Curry seems to have a knack for speed and style. His new Range Rover SWB (Standard Wheel Base) appears to mimic those traits exactly. This particular SUV sports an alluring set of 22″ Adventus Forged rims along with the stock supercharged V6.
Of course, all of this means that Mr. Curry can enjoy a comfortable ride downtown while also having more than 340 horsepower available anytime at the press of a pedal. And, since it’s a family car, his wife Ayesha won’t have any quarrels about selling it for something more sustainable for a larger household.
8. RUDY GAY’S DODGE CHALLENGER
Pull up your socks, grab your cheeseburgers, and strap in for one of the most American cars ever created: The Dodge Challenger. This particular Challenger, owned by San Antonio Spurs’ forward Rudy Gay, is one such example of what it means to be an American. Stunning looks, a high liter V8, and an aggressive disposition are all characteristics of Gay’s masterfully crafted SRT8 Challenger.
This 2013 model has obviously had its fair share of modifications, however. Including (but not limited to) a matte paint job, lowered suspension, and new set of very fresh rims. So, next time Independence Day rolls around, we can be assured that Rudy Gay will have just the vehicle for the occasion.
7. LEBRON JAMES’ LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR ROADSTER
If you thought a Lamborghini couldn’t get any crazier, then it’s time to think again. LeBron James decided to take it a few steps further when acquiring his new Lamborghini Aventador Roadster by putting a very eye-catching wrap onto the outside of the vehicles stock paint scheme. The wrapping project was headed by Miami car rental service, “Lou La Vie,” along with “Toys For Boys” and “Rich B. Caliente” to craft this piece of modern artwork.
Accompanying this vibrant wrap, the Lamborghini Aventador boasts a powerful 700 horsepower 6.5-liter V12, which can take its occupants from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds (2.9 to be exact). When Mr. James rides around in this Italian beauty, everyone will know why he is nicknamed “King James.”
6. DWIGHT HOWARD’S KNIGHT XV
Preparing for the zombie apocalypse? Well, Washington Wizard’s player Dwight Howard certainly is with his armored Knight XV. This unique vehicle is not only armored to the teeth, but it also runs on “Bio-Fuel” according to Conquest (the cars manufacturer).
The interior is surprisingly luxurious as well. It seems like it was ripped directly out of a Mercedes Benz or even a Mansory custom design. Regardless, this torture-tested vehicle is definitely the place to be when the world goes topsy turvy.
5. BEN SIMMONS’ FERRARI 488 SPIDER
Next up is Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons’ Ferrari 488 Spider. This Australian N.B.A. player sure has great taste with the beautiful matte black and red drop-top Ferrari. This particular model, the 488 Spider, was unveiled in 2018 after a flurry of anticipation around whether the 488 GTB (the coupe alternative) would receive a convertible version like most of Ferrari’s V8 models had in the past. Of course, this did come to fruition and Mr. Simmons snagged himself one when given the opportunity. The 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, V8 produces over 660 horsepower with a total weight of just over one and a half tons.
It is well known that Ben Simmons is, indeed, very quick, which makes this high-end Ferrari seem like a match made in heaven for the up and coming 22-year-old star.
4. DWAYNE WADE’S MERCEDES SLR 722 EDITION
Ever wondered what it would look like if Mercedes-Benz and McLaren had a child? Well look no further than the Mercedes SLR. Beginning in 2003, Mercedes announced that they would begin production of the SLR to the delight of automotive enthusiast around the globe. Dwayne Wade seems to be one of those few individuals who seized the opportunity to purchase this instant classic when given the chance. His particular model is the 722 Edition Roadster, which comes with an upgraded power-unit, upgraded suspension system, and (obviously) a convertible roof system.
The value of this model has increased exceedingly since its inception with many car collectors vying for a chance to own such a masterpiece. Dwayne Wade can count his lucky stars that he is the proprietor of such a masterfully crafted machine by two of the world’s most triumphant automotive manufacturers.
3. BLAKE GRIFFIN’S ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH
Blake Griffin is known for his slam-dunks, and this is Rolls Royce of his is no exception. Griffin had been spotted cruising around California in the stunning Rolls Royce Wraith with his then significant other, Kendall Jenner. It’s no surprise that someone with that type of expensive and alluring taste decided to go with the tried and true brand of Rolls Royce. The Wraith offers out-of-this-world luxury with a sleek two-door design.
This is compared to the Ghost and Phantom models which have four-doors, longer wheelbases, and more weight. So, with the Wraith, Blake Griffin can have his cake and eat it too with luxurious comfort and jaw-dropping design, as well as outlandish speed and torque.
2. DERRICK ROSE’S BUGATTI VEYRON
For just about every car aficionado, the Bugatti Veyron needs no introduction. This world record holding vehicle shot to the top back in 2005 when it became the world’s fastest (and most expensive) production car ever made. With a zero to sixty time of just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 270 miles per hour, the Veyron became the talk of the automotive community.
Along with its speed, the Veyron possess great looks and a rich heritage spanning throughout motorsports history with the original Bugatti company having been revived by Audi. With all of this in mind, it makes sense that someone as affluent and successful as Derrick Rose would purchase a Bugatti. Not only does it offer bragging rights to the whole world, but also speed that cannot be matched for a very long time.
1. MICHAEL JORDAN’S FERRARI TESTAROSSA
For anyone familiar with the show Miami Vice, it should be no surprise that Michael Jordan’s Ferrari Testarossa is on the number one spot. The Ferrari 512 Testarossa was the subject of many childhood dreams in the ’80s, with just about every kid having either the Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach as a poster hung up on their walls.
The Testarossa became famous when the show Miami Vice used it as the main vehicle for the two protagonists, Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. With Michael Jordan behind the wheel of this historic legend, it perfectly sums up the dreams and desires of every car-lover back in that time period: Fame, Fortune, and a Ferrari Testarossa to boot.