Brittney Griner, the 8x WNBA all-star is currently hitting the news after she has been released from the Russian prison after she was charged with drugs, the trade included Viktor Bout in return from the American prison back to Russia. However, let’s look at what the Phoenix Mercury center earns and what is her Net-Worth in the WNBA in 2022.
Let’s look at the Average salary of the players in the WNBA. According to Yahoo Finance, the average salary of the WNBA was $120,648 for the 2020-21 season. By comparison, the average salary of the players playing in the NBA is $8.5 Million in the 2021-22 season. There is a stark contrast in the salaries between male and female athletes in the game of basketball.
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Brittney however, can be said to be earning on the higher side. Griner is currently under contract with the Phoenix Mercury for a 3-season deal in 2020 worth $664,544. She will earn $221,450 for the 2021-22 season, and $227,900 for the 2022-23 season. Despite her spending time behind bars, the organization is still paying her full salary.
The Basketball court does not only mean where she earns her living, she is collecting an adequate amount of money from an endorsement deal with Nike in 2013, currently, Nike is still retailing Griner’s jersey for $100 in their stores. She was the first openly gay athlete to be endorsed by Nike, there is also a huge possibility that she will be getting further endorsement deals, thanks to her earnings and performances.
What is Brittney Griner’s net worth?
Brittney Griner is currently on her way back home after spending 10 months in a Russian Prison. The US struck a deal with the Russian Government which saw them trade back Viktor Bout. She was arrested for possession of drugs when she was going to Russia. Her Net-worth is still in good numbers thanks to her stellar income from the WNBA.
The 6 foot 9 American Basketballer has achieved a lot during her time playing basketball as a profession, she has won consecutive gold medals for her country while representing the States at the Olympics. Her net worth is estimated at around a figure of $5 million. It does not stop at that, once she comes back to the United States she will expect more endorsement deals.