Winner of the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Mike Miller debuted with the Orland Magic after he was selected in the 2000 NBA draft. In the 2006-07 season, with an average of 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, playing only 30 minutes per game, Miller pulled off a win for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Miller was also a fan fav for his unflinching determination to play through injuries. These days, Miller yet has his head in the game. The ex-NBA star is coaching the Memphis Tigers college basketball team.
After an illustrious 17-year career, he procured the assistant coach position. But Miller is a businessman at heart. He got into business launching Let it Fly, his energy drink company. Most recently, back at home, he opened up a sports bar called Let it Fly located in the Germantown area of Memphis. Miller calls it, “The city’s bar.” The cavernous 4,500-square-foot hang out features full swing golf simulators, a slider bar, 15 varieties of hot wings, and more TVs than you can shake a stick at.
Matt Barnes – Business Tycoon
After a solid 14-season career, Matt Barnes announced his retirement on Instagram. Next to a photo of himself, he wrote, “Had a cool 15yr run!!” Adding, “#BillionaireBy50.” He also enlightened us with some of those business goal details, like dressing classy caj for business meetings and raking in more money off the court than on. At 39 with a $10 million net worth, he’s got some a few dunks to sink into his financial portfolio before he hits that goal.
Barnes suited up for a laundry list of NBA teams, but he spent a few years each with the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings. With the Kings, he secured an NBA championship. The small forward was also known for his in-your-face attitude. He racked up quite a few fines and suspensions for speaking his mind on the court. After kicking a water bottle into the stands while cursing at the opposing team’s fans, he was fined $25K. He’d receive three more fines like that. That makes $100K, but who’s counting, just another notch on his “bad boy” schtick.
David Harrison – Stock Trader
David Harrison’s NBA career wasn’t the best. The Louisville, Kentucky McDonald’s All-American went to the University of Colorado and was selected by the Pacers in the 2004 draft. He was brought on to become the team’s second or third-string center, but due to teammate injuries, he became a starter right off the bat. Good news, right?! Not exactly. Averaging 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, his performance was not spectacular. The Pacers did not renew his contract, and after four years, he was done. He pulled in about $4.5 million before heading off to play for the Chinese basketball league. By 2012 he was off the court for good.
Shortly after his career ended, desperate, Harrison took a job at McDonald’s. He worked the midnight shift to avoid face-recognition. In 2015 when he was just 32, he said that most of his NBA salary was gone and there was no money coming in. “People were showing up trying to take my car. My house was in foreclosure. I didn’t have any income. I just had everything going out.” Currently, he’s working as a stock trader trying to lock in some earnings, though it’s hard to say how much capital he has to work with. Since 2015, he’s held a head coach position at the Action Sports Academy, so there’s that.
Tayshaun Prince – NBA Exec
Tayshaun Prince is a 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist with the U.S. national basketball team, an NBA champion, and now he's the lucky prize winner of a cushy and coveted NBA front-office gig. In 2006, he starred with Snoop Dogg in the hip hop inner-city horror flick Hood of Horror. The Compton, California-born star has lived a charmed life.
A solid 10-year run with the Pistons included an NBA championship and four All-Defensive Second Team awards, Prince went on to charm the Grizzlies' roster until 2015. Moving on, his 14-year career ended with the Timberwolves in 2016. By August 2017, Prince returned to the NBA, but this time, as a special assistant to general manager Chris Wallace. This year he was promoted to vice president of basketball affairs and will oversee all communications between the front office, coaching staff, and the locker room. He’s valued by the front office for his excellent rapport with the players.
James Jones—NBA Exec
Jones jumped on board with the Pacers in the second round of the 2003 draft. He played small forward for the Pacers until he was traded to the Suns in 2005. Injuries kept him on the bench, but he won a $4 million-dollar contract with Miami Heat. He had it renewed four years later. He also won his first NBA Championship with the Heat.
After 14 seasons with teams Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers, this 38-year-old ex-NBA traded in his high-tops for the position of vice president of basketball operations position for the Phoenix Suns in July of 2017, precluding his return to the 2018 season.