NBA stars who enjoy a game of poker
Basketball players are known to take the leap into different fields, be it movies, music or other sport! Today we take a look at NBA stars, current and former, who’ve excelled on the poker felts and enjoy putting some money on the line!
A 2015 NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, Retired from the game, Lee has a little more time to focus on his other notable skill which is playing poker. Lee isn’t just a great baller, but a fine poker player too. He, in fact, has hustled off $32,000 from the poker pro Phil Helmuth who has 15 WSOP bracelets to his name!
The man who helped the Dallas Mavericks reach their first-ever NBA championship, The Matrix himself. Marion has been seen playing a few poker tournaments across the states. His skills are on par and there was a glimpse of him turning pro, but he seems happy with poker fun on the side. Marion has used his celebrity status and love of poker by hosting celebrity charity poker events through his own Shawn Marion Foundation.
Earl played in Turkey, the Philippines, and the D-League before he finally got his big break with Miami Heat taking the unbeaten route for a basketball career. It was in 2006 when he won a championship ring and discovered his love for poker.
Since retiring, Barron has dedicated himself to poker and now plays regularly at the World Poker Tour events. He even finished an impressive 613th out of 7275 entries in the WSOP Millionaire Maker Event.
Pierce is a Boston Celtics legend. The legend spent his final three seasons of his career in three different teams before hanging up his boots. He’s made the poker table his own ever since. He has been spotted on poker TV show Poker After Dark. Pierce even won a pot of $40,000 in a high stakes all-cash game of Texas Hold’em. He even managed to enter the WSOP main event in 2014, and made it through to the 3rd day before busting out!
The four-time NBA champion is really into his poker and has been spotted playing the game internationally from Vegas to Paris. He was so enamored by the game that he signed a sponsorship deal with a poker platform in France.
Tim played for the Spurs and won five NBA championships and is now the assistant coach of the same team. Duncan happens to be a massive poker fan and spends a lot of his free time at the tables or at home games. His skills are so impressive that the Poker Brat aka Phil Helmuth labeled him as one of the best poker players in the NBA!
The eight-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medal winner is possibly one of the most professional amateur poker players according to Helmuth again. The Houston Rockets point guard certainly has some poker skills that set him apart from his NBA peers on the poker felts. Watch out for him at the WSOP soon!