Jay Williams Net Worth - What Is The Retired Basketballer's Sources Of Earnings?
The former Chicago Bulls' player, Jay Williams' net worth is estimated to be $4 million which he has amassed from his career as a professional basketball player and a sportscaster. Williams is a retired player and was named NABC player of the year for both the years of 2001 and 2002.
Jay Williams was born on September 10, 1981, in Plainfield, New Jersey, to David Williams and Althea Williams. He was very enthusiastic about basketball from an early age and excelled at chess in high school. Jay Williams' wife Nikki Bonacorsi has been married to him for more than a year, and the couple welcomed a daughter named Amelia Brooklyn a little after their marital union.
Net Worth and Sources of Income
As mentioned earlier, the influential and down-to-earth sports analyst, Jay Williams' net worth is estimated to be $4 million. He has managed to gather this tremendous wealth from his previous career as a basketball player and from his job as a sportscaster for ESPN too.
Income from Basketball Career
Known as Jason Williams during his career, he first joined Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team and won the 2001 NCAA Championship, which led to him getting the title of NABC player of the year in 2001 and 2002. He was already securing a good wealth at this point.
Soon, he was drafted by the Bulls, and as stated by him in an interview with Tamron Hall on her show, he was enrolled in a massive $16.5 million contract by the team. Unfortunately, his career, along with his contract, was demolished in an instant by a motorcycle accident in 2003. Additionally, he talks about how he bounced from that enormous amount to $35,000 a year income and how essential it was that it ended up helping him reflect on his choices.
However, in between all this, when it became clear that Williams would not be returning to the Bulls due to the severity of his injuries, he was waived by the team with $3 million for future rehabilitation expenses.
Income as a Game Commentator
Jay Williams has been working with ESPN since 2003, following a motorcycle accident that resulted in fatal injuries and ended his basketball career. He began by commentating on high school games. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Williams has decided to affirm his place in the platform since he penned a multiyear extension with ESPN/ABC and will continue to work as a sports analyst on NBA Countdown, The Jump, and also the show Get Up. Furthermore, he is also continuing to host ESPN+'s series The Boardroom produced by Kevin Durant which is going to help him rake in a handsome fortune in the upcoming future.
Yes, Jay started his game commentating career with a base level salary of $35K, but we have no reason to assume that is it still stagnant. Given the amount of time he has served for the media and his gifted-verbal proficiency and eloquence, we can safely say that James Williams' salary must be par with his other extremely high-paid co-workers.
Recently Welcomed a Baby Daughter
Amelia Brooklyn-Rose Williams is Jay Williams’ first child with Nikki Bonacorsi. She was born 37 years later, on the same day her father was, which is October 10th. The pair had revealed their pregnancy news in April 2018, tying their wedding knot the following month. The adorable couple of Jay and Nikki celebrated Amelia’s first birthday with a Lion King-themed party in their Brooklyn, New York apartment. And it seems Jay spent quite some bucks for the event.
Jay Williams' daughter's videos and pictures are all over his Instagram, and she looks evidently pleased and adorable.
Between his busy schedule of work, new life as a father of an adorable baby daughter, and his wife Nikki Bonacorsi also returning to work, the former Chicago Bulls' player has taken delight in life’s simpler moments. Williams released his autobiography in 2016; Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention, which received excellent reviews.