Brooklyn Nets superstar guard James Harden is one of the best basketball players in the NBA. While Harden can be somewhat polarizing, especially after how he handled his exit from the Houston Rockets to the Nets, his growth and popularity around the world have still risen dramatically thanks to his offensive prowess. This has helped him collect some serious coin over the years. Let's take a look at James Harden's net worth in 2021.

James Harden's net worth in 2021 (estimate): $165 million

James Harden, Nets

First of all, just one reason why James Harden is making bank is his massive NBA salary. He signed a huge contract extension with the Rockets back in 2017. While he's now on the Nets after his blockbuster trade early in the 2020-21 season, he's still on that same contract and is making over $41 million. That's the highest salary on Brooklyn, even with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving also on the roster.

James Harden also makes a ton of money in endorsements, as The Beard has endorsement deals with Adidas, Beats, BodyArmor, State Farm, Amazon and Foot Locker, among other companies. He's one of the most popular athletes in the world, so more and more companies figure to sign Harden to endorsement deals moving forward.

James Harden signed a 13-year, $200 million deal with Adidas in 2015. He has become a face of the brand ever since he established himself as one of the best scorers in league history over the past few seasons.

The future Hall of Famer could end up with over $300 million in NBA money and roughly $400 million in endorsement deals when his basketball career is all over. That's what happens when you're one of the best scorers in NBA history.

After James Harden got traded to the Rockets from the Thunder, his career took off in ways he never could have imagined. The former Sixth Man of the Year is one of the most marketable players in the world due to his elite basketball skills and trademark beard. As long as Harden continues to play at an MVP level, he's going to get tons of money thrown his way.

That becomes even more true now that he's playing in the glamour market of New York. Harden is also in great position to win his first championship. While The Beard came close in Oklahoma City and Houston, he wasn't quite able to get over the hump. Playing with Durant and Irving, Harden will have an excellent chance to win his first title.

If Harden does get that first ring, that should only help boost his net worth even more. The Beard's bank account certainly isn't going to be hurting anytime soon.

It's also worth pointing out that James Harden invested $15 million to own a small stake in the Houston Dynamo of MLS in 2019. Furthermore, even though he's no longer in Houston, he has a restaurant in the city called Thirteen by James Harden. A part of him will always belong to the city, even if he's now doing his primary work in Brooklyn.