It goes without saying that making it to the National Basketball Association (NBA) is a life-changing step up financially. Depending on how your career pans out, you could be looking at setting your family up for several generations.
Of course, NBA rookies aren’t immediately making the big bucks. It has to start somewhere, and for NBA star Donovan Mitchell, his journey began with a $14.3 million (around P725 million) rookie contract after being drafted 13th overall by the Utah Jazz.
The high-flying guard recently sat down with GQ to talk about how he spent the first million dollars he made in the NBA, and a good chunk of that first paycheck apparently went to acquiring three brand-new rides. Watch:
The first was an Audi for his mom. Mitchell doesn’t specify exactly what model he bought for her, but said it cost around $50,000 (P2.5 million).
“It was something that I told her I wasn’t going to get her. Because she was like ‘I would love to get this car.’ You know, I was like ‘Yeah, maybe in like five years, six years.’ You know? Once I heard that, I was like ‘Okay, I’m going to get in the works of trying to find a way to get this car for her.’”
Next on the list was a Porsche Panamera for personal use worth $90,000 (P4.5 million). According to Mitchell, he saw the car while he was working out in Los Angeles and just knew he had to own one.
“When I was working out I had seen it in LA. And I was like ‘Man, that car looks dope.’ You know? And then I got it with the all-black, red interior. Some red rims. Also, red’s my favorite color,” he said.
And finally, a Jeep Wrangler Sahara for his sister worth $60,000 (around P3 million).
“She’s always wanted a Jeep. I was able to get her a Jeep Sahara. I offered to trick it out for her but she was like ‘No, I want it real simple.’”
Other big-time buys that came from Mitchell’s first million include a downpayment for a house, his sister’s tuition, and a sizable donation to a charitable foundation. Which of the three cars mentioned above do you think was his best pick?
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