Last Updated: March 25, 2024
Richest AthletesNBA Players
Net Worth:
$14 Million
May 16, 1964 (60 years old)
6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Basketball player, Actor, Presenter
United States of America
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John Salley is an American former professional basketball player who has a net worth of $14 million. John Salley is perhaps best known for his contributions to the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" team, which consisted of himself, Isaiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, and Joe Dumars. The team won an NBA championship during the 1989 season.

Career Earnings

During his career, John Salley earned $15.5 million in NBA salary. That's the same as around $25 million in today's dollars. His peak salary came during the 1994-1995 season with the Miami Heat.

Early Life

John Salley was born John Thomas Salley on May 16, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Salley played basketball at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. He graduated in 1988 from Georgia Tech's College of Management, helping the school and its Yellow Jackets basketball team win the ACC Championship in 1985. The team would also advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA's March Madness Tournament. Salley left the school in 1986, managing to become Georgia Tech's all-time leader in the category of blocked shots. Salley also, perhaps far less ceremoniously, holds the Georgia Tech record for personal fouls. Salley's jersey (#22) was retired by Georgia Tech, which is considered an extremely rare honor when it comes to college basketball. Over the course of his college career, Salley earned accolades as a third-team All-American in 1986.

NBA Career

The Detroit Pistons drafted Salley as their eleventh overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. Salley would play for the Pistons at the power forward position from 1986 until 1992, adding muscle to what was already considered a bruiser of a team. With the Pistons, Salley would go on to win two NBA Championships (1989 and 1990). While playing for the Pistons, Salley became close friends with veteran Adrian Dantley, who took John under his wing, teaching him proper player nutrition and professional-grade exercise routines, as well as how to conduct himself on and off the court, both as a player and a person. Salley warmingly calls Dantley "The Teacher." Salley also became friends with comedian Eddie Murphy and made several appearances at comedy clubs during the NBA off-season. For the Pistons, Salley remains among the team's all-time leaders in the blocked shots category.

Salley played for the Miami Heat basketball organization from 1992 to 1995, then he joined the Toronto Raptors (1995-1996). Salley would go on to win his third NBA Championship as a Chicago Bull in 1996 before he momentarily retired from the NBA. Salley signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls, playing alongside Michael Jordan, who many basketball enthusiasts consider to be the greatest of all time, as well as Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoč, and former Pistons teammates Dennis Rodman and James Edwards. The Bulls signed Salley as a free agent, and he spent the rest of the season with the Bulls. In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls achieved their record-breaking 72-win season, which happened to be the best-ever regular season record at the time, later surpassed by the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors at 73-9. Of course, the Warriors would not cap off their regular season with a championship ring, while the Bulls were able to make good on their regular season promises.

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After playing for the Bulls, Salley retired and came out of retirement again to play several international games overseas in Greece. Three years later, he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, bringing Salley his fourth ring during the 2000 NBA season alongside Kobe Bryant. Salley is the first NBA player to compete on three championship franchises. He's also the first player in history to win a title in three different decades. Salley finished his career with 5,228 points, 3,356 rebounds, and 983 blocks.

Film/Television Career

After his retirement, Salley appeared in such films as "Bad Boys," "Bad Boys II," "Eddie," "Coast to Coast," "He's a Lady," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," and "The Ultimate Christmas Present." In 2018, Salley collaborated with Netflix for the original movie project "Nappily Ever After," in which he co-starred with Sanaa Lathan.

Salley also would go on to host several sports talk shows and perform considerable work as an NBA analyst. Salley's credits include "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "NBA Showtime." Salley also appeared in the television series "Noah's Arc," playing a character named Victor. Salley hosted "The John Salley Block Party," a morning show on Los Angeles radio station 100.3 The Beat (2005 – 2006). Salley reprised his "Bad Boys" role, Fletcher, on the spinoff TV series "LA's Finest" in 2019.

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Personal Life

Salley has been married to Natasha Duff since 1993. They have three children together. John also has a daughter from one of his previous relationships. Salley is an active member of Omega Psi Phi and was given his initiation through their Nu Omega Chapter in Detroit.

Salley also identifies as a vegan activist, appearing in PETA testimonial videos, and he is an avid promoter of alternative practices that aim to put an end to inhumane factory farming. Salley has also been a notable speaker for Michigan's Vegfest, even allowing his image to appear on VegMichigan's billboard campaign. Salley is an original investor in Beyond Meat, a company that crafts plant-based meat substitute foods (established in 2009). Salley has said on record, "Vegan eating is not just a slam dunk for human health; it's also the most effective way to combat climate change."

Real Estate

In 2010, John paid $850,000 for a home in the LA suburb of Tarzana. Today, the home is worth around $2.4 million.

John Salley Career Earnings

  • Los Angeles Lakers (1999-00)
    $510 Thousand
  • Toronto Raptors (1996-97)
    $2.2 Million
  • Toronto Raptors (1995-96)
    $2.4 Million
  • Miami Heat (1994-95)
    $2.7 Million
  • Miami Heat (1993-94)
    $2.5 Million
  • Miami Heat (1992-93)
    $2 Million
  • Detroit Pistons (1991-92)
    $2 Million
  • Detroit Pistons (1990-91)
    $575 Thousand
  • Detroit Pistons (1988-89)
    $380 Thousand
  • Detroit Pistons (1987-88)
    $335 Thousand
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