Adam Silver, a name almost synonymous with the NBA, has been its Commissioner for over a decade. Beyond being a recognizable figure for basketball fans, he's a leader, innovator, and driving force behind the league's success.
In February 2014, Silver stepped into the significant shoes of the late David Stern, the NBA's Commissioner, for 30 years. It was uncertain what the future held, but Silver's tenure proved transformative. Under his dynamic leadership, the NBA flourished and saw an impressive profit surge.
The league's worth has skyrocketed to nearly $90 billion, with an average team value of about $3 billion. The Golden State Warriors top the list as the most profitable franchise, worth an estimated $7.56 billion.
Silver's Leadership Amid Controversy
Silver's impact extends beyond the league's financial growth.
His tenure has seen numerous trials, most notably the Donald Sterling controversy 2014. Sterling, the former Clippers owner, was publicly ousted following leaked tapes of him making racially insensitive comments. The swift response from Silver and the NBA was a definitive lifetime ban for Sterling from all NBA events and subsequent efforts to force the sale of the team.
Today, the Clippers are owned by Steve Ballmer, ex-CEO of Microsoft. A significant crisis unfolded when the then Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, expressed support for the 2019 Hong Kong protests, causing political fallout with the Chinese government.
The state even threatened to sever ties with the NBA. Yet Silver stood firm in defending Morey's freedom of speech. More recently, Silver made headlines when Memphis Grizzlies' star, Ja Morant, was handed a 25-game suspension following a viral video incident.
Silver became Commissioner in 2014 with an annual salary of $10 million. His contract, extended in 2018, is valid through the 2023-24 season, accumulating a total earning of about $100 million. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth to be around $40 million as of March 2023.
With over three decades in the NBA, Silver has seen the league record-breaking profits and immense popularity, rivaling the NFL in viewership. Yet, speculation abounds about Silver's next move, including links to Disney's CEO position.
Still, he continues to express his passion for his current role. Regardless of the future, his stewardship over the NBA has left an indelible mark on the world of sports, making Adam Silver a name basketball fans worldwide will remember.