Diana Taurasi Net Worth, Salary And Career Earnings

 

Diana Taurasi, a professional women's basketball player. ( Source : Sportingnews )

Diana Taurasi is a professional basketball player who has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million.

Taurasi is a very talented women's basketball player and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2004 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft. From high school to her WNBA journey, she has always shown perfection, and her skills can never be underestimated. 

Throughout the years of playing basketball, Diana has earned many awards, such as the WNBA Rookie Of The Year award in 2004, three WNBA championships, five Olympic Gold Medals, and the WNBA Most Valuable Player award, and many more. She has loyal fans who selected her as the League's Greatest Player Of All Time in 2021. Before that, she was also voted one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players Of All Time. 


Diana Taurasi Net Worth

According to Celebritynetworth, Diana's estimated net worth is around $3.5 million.

She signed a 2-year contract with the Phoenix Mercury, which guaranteed her $449,544.

On top of that, she also received an annual average salary of $224,772. From 2022, her base salary will increase to $228,094 with a cap hit of $228,094.

Before that, she had signed a 4-year contract that gave her an annual salary of $116,500, which lasted until 2021. However, her yearly salary drastically increased after she signed a new contract with Phoenix Mercury again. 

She accumulated her wealth and net worth through her basketball career. She has been signed with the Phoenix Mercury since 2004 and has come a long way up until now. She has also started earning significantly more than she used to make. 

Taurasi also plays abroad for groups in Russia. With UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian Premier League, she made $1.5 million each season, or 15 times her WNBA pay. Considering her talent, she earns a decent amount throughout her professional life. She has also gotten a lot better as a player, and it is no doubt that her salary will only increase from here onwards. 

Diana Taurasi Endorsements And Deals

In history, Diana has been noted to come second among top paid female basketball players. She came second after Candace Parker, who has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Net Worth of 2022$3.5 million
Endorsement dealsNike And BodyArmor
Highest points scored860 points over 36 games played for the Mercury.
Salary of 2022$228,094
Salary of 2021$221,450
Salary of 4 year contract, 2016-2020$116,500

Taurasi has a WNBA salary of $228,094. She got award money of about $106,953 and Overseas contracts of $1.5 million. Her endorsements currently stand at about $1.35 million, totaling her $3.5 million net worth.

Her two-year supermax deal with Phoenix Mercury has drastically changed her yearly income compared to her previous years. She has been earning a hefty sum of money in recent years. 

She received the $106,953 prize since she was chosen for the 2020 All-WNBA Second Team, advanced to the WNBA Playoffs round 2, and contributed to Team USA. Diana has earned $1.35 million through endorsement deals with the sports drink BodyArmor and from her decision to wear only LeBron James clothing on the court. Other endorsement agreements exist as well, although they are private. 



Diana Taurasi, with a friend during her match. ( Source : Ftw )

With the same talent and fame, her endorsements will keep coming, and she will be earning a lot more in the coming years. She is already the second highest-paid female professional basketball player.

Diana has often voiced her opinion about raising WNBA players' comparatively low pay, which could become better as more people start watching the league.

The average income increased to $130,000 under the current collective bargaining agreement. In contrast, the highest compensation increased to almost $500,000, along with improved travel accommodations, additional child care options, and more significant performance-based cash bonuses.

Diana's Early Life And Bio

Taurasi was chosen first by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2004 WNBA Draft following her university career. Due to the lack of tall players on her side, she has frequently played as a forward. She is the greatest at the guard position despite playing as one.

Diana is considered one of the greatest female basketball players of all time. She is quick-witted and her talent to score in very tough situations earned her the nickname "White Mamba," coined by Kobe Bryant.

The basketball player also falls among the 11 women to win an Olympic medal in the NCAA Championship. Diana attended Don Antonio Lugo High School. She started playing basketball in her early life, and she was playing basketball in high school as well.

She earned the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award, which was presented to her by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best players in Southern California. But this was just one of her many awards in her early career. She won awards such as the National Highschool Player Of The Year award, Ms. Basketball State Player Of The Year award, and many more. 

Diana surprised everyone after she ended her prep career with 3,047 points. Her Highschool career was gratifying, and she learned a lot. She joined the University of Connecticut and started playing for the women's basketball team in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. 

But to everyone's surprise, Diana led the team to 3 consecutive back-to-back wins. Her coach was very impressed with her performance and valued her as one of the most valuable players on their team. And her college years were also enriching for the talented basketball player. 

Her status had become legendary at this point, and the people in her town regarded her as one. She was winning the hearts of many with her spectacular performance. Throughout her collegiate career, she averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, & 4.5 assists per game. Her UConn squad amassed a record of 139 victories and eight defeats during her tenure there. Soon after leaving college, her WNBA career started, which is a different story.

Diana Taurasi's Parents

Diana is currently 40 years old. She was born on June 11, 1982, in Chino, California. However, her father, Mario, was raised in Argentina. He loved sport, and he was a professional soccer player in Italy.

He spent many years playing professional soccer as a goal-keeper. Taurasi's mother is an Argentinian. Diana's father met her mother, Liliana, in Argentina and tied the knot.



Diana Taurasi during one of her games. ( Source : Sbnation )

Soon Mario and Liliana moved to the United States, and then Diana was born. Diana is the youngest child in their family, and she has an older sister named Jessika. Her father had always been interested in sports, and watching Diana live her life and choose her professional career in sports made him very proud. 

Her parents have always supported her career and are present at most of her games. Her sister is also very close to Diana. Taurasi stands about 6 feet tall, and her height is very rare for a woman. She was also very athletic from childhood which aided in her career as a basketball player.

With her father being involved in sports early on, Diana quickly picked up a mark of her favorite and started her career in high school. It was not long till she understood that she was meant for the sport and started pursuing her career as a basketball player. Her consistency and determination are very motivating factors for everyone. She would not be here today if she were not consistent in her professional life. 

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