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They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and that’s certainly the case for the NBA MVP award.

This year’s MVP race may have been the most competitive in recent memory, but it concluded with Nikola Jokic winning the trophy for the second consecutive season. Joel Embiid finished second and Giannis Antetokounmpo placed third.

However, there’s a problem with the voting system. It’s weighted, so say someone really wanted Jokic to win. They could have put Embiid in fourth or fifth to ensure that he received fewer points.

And Charles Barkley has a problem with the process. The 1992-93 MVP recently exposed its flaws while discussing this year’s race.

Charles Barkley exposed the NBA MVP voting system

NBA legend Charles Barkley, who recently called out the MVP voting system.
NBA legend Charles Barkley during The Match: Champions For Charity on May 24, 2020. | Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match

Charles Barkley and the Inside the NBA crew recently discussed the 2021-22 MVP race, and Barkley admitted that Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo all deserved to win.

But – as mentioned above – he has an issue with the voting system.

“You can slant it for who you want to win by putting guys further down the list,” Barkley said on a recent episode, per House of Highlights. “In my opinion, it was one, two, and three. If you don’t have those three guys one, two, and three, you should have to explain yourself because nobody else can be one, two, or three. If you put one of those guys four or five or something like that, that is to me trying to slant it for your guy to win it.”

Chuck added that there isn’t necessarily a solution. Journalists vote on the award, but players would also likely slant it in favor of their friends or teammates.

So, did that potentially happen this year?

Looking at this year’s MVP results

There’s a chance that writers could have cheated the system here and there this season, but it’s hard to prove unequivocally.

Joel Embiid, someone Barkley accused of being distracted after losing the award, received one fourth-place vote, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had seven. If we’re going by what Barkley said, those reporters should have to explain themselves.

However, those eight votes probably didn’t make a huge difference. It resulted in Embiid, who garnered 706 total points, receiving two fewer points (had the one vote gone to third place instead of fourth), and Giannis, who received 595, getting 14 less.

But writers could have fixed the race with third-place votes. Embiid would have had 68 more points had all his third-place gone to second instead. Yes, that only would have increased his point total to 774, but perhaps Jokic’s 875 points would have taken a hit.

All in all, it’s too difficult to read and speculate. Jokic, Embiid, and Antetokounmpo were all worthy, but more voters thought the Denver Nuggets big man deserved it.

Maybe the results will just be extra motivation for Embiid and Antetokounmpo. Their teams are still in the playoffs, while Jokic is at home after losing in the first round.

No one cares about the MVP award if you win the Larry O’Brien Trophy instead.

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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