Any diehard basketball fan would relish the opportunity to have courtside seats and be around their favorite NBA team every single game. Just like the assistant coaches, floor cleaners, and ball boys, waterboys are an essential part of the success of every NBA team. Though their responsibilities in each game sound straightforward and aren't as hectic as a player or coach, they do more than keep players hydrated during games or in training.
Waterboys work closely with players on a day-to-day basis. Aside from handing players their fluids, waterboys assist players during training and hand out towels. The job can get physically demanding, especially with some players drinking specific fluids, and the job is almost non stop throughout a game. In addition, it's also the waterboy's responsibility to ensure nobody's bottles or towels get mixed up,
How much do NBA waterboys get paid?
As the NBA continues to generate more revenue each year, it's no surprise that the league makes sure everyone in the association gets the wages they deserve, no matter their position. The lowest-paid players in the league today still make more than $1 million a year, a $400,000 increase from four years ago.
Surprisingly, waterboys make a pretty decent living, depending on their skills and experience. As per Sportskeeda, waterboys in the NBA earn an average of $53,000 to $58,000 a year. There have also been reports that several teams pay their waterboys as much as $100,000 annually. However, some waterboys do work on stipends.
Similar to the criteria to become an NFL waterboy, the NBA has a careers page offering different job opportunities across different fields. Some include working in the NBA's content, marketing, security, finance, human resources, and just about any other field offered by every big-name company.
If you want to be more specific, you can also filter your job search as a waterboy for a specific team. This includes teams in the G league and the WNBA as well.
Overall, working as a waterboy is a solid job. They get a free ticket to every game, team merchandise, and if their lucky, some owners even give they are waterboys a championship ring!