How Much Do Overseas Basketball Players Get Paid?

The starting salary for professional basketball players overseas is generally between $65,000 and $100,000, with top leagues offering even more. Many international teams also provide a car and apartment for their players, free of cost.

Spain, Greece, Italy, Argentina, China, France and Turkey boast the best competition and pay of the overseas leagues. Money earned by American players in international leagues is often untaxed. The significantly lower pay, often between $12,000 and $24,000, of the NBA’s Developmental League has led to an increasing amount of American players furthering their careers in these foreign lands when failing to land an NBA contract.