If we are to make a list of the top ten most popular basketball players, Bradley Beal would be one of them. He is an American professional basketball player with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has made a fortune from his career and is one of the highest-paid ballers in his team.
Now in his peak years as a player, Bradley has signed a couple of major deals, allowing him to add status titles like multi-millionaire to his name. Take a look at how each new contract boosted Bradley’s income and made him go from an unknown student of Chaminade College to a nationally recognized millionaire.
Beal’s High School Career Prepped Him for The NBA
Bradley Emmanuel Beal was born on June 28, 1993, in St. Louis. The Beal’s family are mostly known for the letter “B’ at the beginning of their names and are also a renowned athletic family. Bradley’s parents are Bobby and Besta Beal. He is one of five siblings, all boys, his brothers are Brandon, Bruce, Byron, and Bryon.
Unlike several of his peers in the NBA, Beal came from a financially comfortable background. He attended the private school, Chaminade College Preparatory School. But even though money was not his motivation, his desire to be the best proved to be a fire strong enough to light his path to the NBA.
As part of his high school team, he was exceptional enough to a place in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship. There, he averaged 18 points per game, helping the US to the championship, and winning the MVP Award and a place in the All-Tournament Team for himself.
Following his achievements in the tournament, he returned as a senior. He continued at a good pace and averaged 32.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in each game. With a record like that, Bradley earned the 2011 Mr. Show-Me basketball and 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Gaining National Recognition at College Level
High School days were soon over, and Bradley Beal enrolled at the University of Florida, where Billy Donovan coached him. As a freshman, the Wizard baller held the honor of being the Sec All-Freshman of the week for six occasions. That same year, he also earned the First-team All Sec honors after he averaged 14.8 points in each game.
Beal became confident with the skills he had gathered in college and decided to forgo the remaining years of his collegiate career. Having recorded an outstanding performance, it was with ease he got drafted in the 2012 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards with the third overall pick.
Bradley Beal’s First NBA Contract Was Worth $8.45 Million
Following his draft by the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal reached a milestone in his basketball career. His first contract was an impressive $8.45 million across two years. The deal earned him an average of $4.1 million per year.
Bradley was however not carried away by the massive amount. He repaid the faith the Wizards had in him by delivering outstanding performances and earned the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December 2012. Beal also featured in the Rising Stars Competition at the 2013 All-Star Weekend.
He kept at a good pace throughout the season before suffering an injury that kept him off the court. At the end of the season, he had featured in 56 games and was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team. He also finished in the third position for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
At the end of his two-year deal, the Wizards, impressed with what they have seen, exercised a one-year option built into his rookie contract. He signed a one year with the franchise for $4.51 million and did the same in his fourth year for $5.69 million.
Increased Performances Boosted Beal’s Earning Power
In each season, Bradley Beal proved to be worth the investment. His consistent performances for the Washington Wizards helped make them respectable challengers in the Eastern Conference. Because of that, the Wizard signed the player to a five-year deal worth $127.2 million.
The deal, signed at the start of the 2016/17 season, fetched Beal up to $22 million per year. Since signing the deal, the fire driving his motivations did not wane. Instead, it has intensified and increased his output.
He has averaged more than 20 points per game since he signed the deal, beating the record of his rookie years. He recorded 23 PPG in the 2016/2017, 22.6 in 17/18, and 25.6 PPG in 2018/19. Before COVID-19 halted the 2020 NBA season, Bradley Beal was averaging 30.6 points per game.
In 2019, more than half-way through his five-year contract, the Wizards signed Beal to a two-year contract extension. The deal will earn Beal an additional $71.8 million, and keep him at the Wizards until the 2021/22 season at minimum.
His Contracts Have Earned Him a Sizable Net Worth
So far, Beal’s total earnings as a player in eight seasons have reached $117.07 million. With his two-year extension, he will make an additional $63.2 million, bringing his career earnings to $180.2 million, a figure that puts him firmly among the highest-earners in the NBA.
With a great contract comes a great net worth. Given the millions he has earned, it is easy to see why his net worth is estimated at $22 million. Thanks to his massive fortune, he owns a mansion in McLean, Virginia worth $3.2 million, and his garage is home to some of the world’s most luxurious vehicles. He owns a BMW, Range Rover, and a Porsche 911.
It is also worth noting that his wealth doesn’t come from his Wizards contracts alone. He also has endorsement deals with brands like Panini, PepsiCo, Verizon, and Tissot.
Bradley Beal Would Soon Become a Husband
To the best of our knowledge, Bradley Beal is not married but he has been in a relationship with Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood actress, Kamiah Adams, for years. Their romantic journey began in 2015.
The Wizards shooting guard proposed to his longtime girlfriend and baby mama in January 2020. He proposed to her at an amusement park in Washington, D.C, while they were on a Ferris wheel.
The couple met in a Los Angeles club through his friend and teammate, John Wall. For their first date, they went on a Ferris wheel in Las Vegas. The two have taken the unconventional route to build a family. On July 23, 2018, they welcomed their first child, a son named Bradley Emmanuel Beal II. About a year later, they welcomed their second child, Braylon Elias Beal, born on August 29, 2019.
Meet His Fiancée Kamiah Adams
Compared to Bradley Beal, Kamiah Adams is not as famous. Or rather, their popularity exists in two different worlds. While Beal is a recognizable face in sports, Kamiah is one in reality shows. Born on March 20, 1993, she is a model, actress, and TV personality most recognized for her role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
She was born in Brussels, Belgium, but grew up in the United States. Kamiah is one of three children born to her parents, Jeremiah and Karina Adams. Kamiah joined the VH1 show in its second season as a recurring cast member. Before she began dating Beal, Kamiah dated Fizz, a hip-hop artist who starred on the show.