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Fans and pundits made quite a bit of Brooklyn Nets star James Harden’s early-season struggles. Heck, even The Beard himself expressed doubts about his role, resulting in vehement criticisms from Charles Barkley.

But it’s abundantly clear that Harden has found his groove.

After missing four games in health and safety protocols, Harden returned to the Nets rotation for a Christmas Day showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers. He looked like the all-world talent of old in wins over the Lakers and LA Clippers. He also sounds like the supremely confident Harden of years past.

James Harden put together dominant performances against the Lakers and Clippers

James Harden led a Kevin Durant-less Nets team to a pair of big wins in LA. He did so with consecutive spectacular performances.

The Beard had a triple-double against the Lakers on Christmas Day, scoring 36 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Most importantly, he stayed on the offensive all game long, earning 17 free-throw attempts. The aggressiveness paid dividends, as a shorthanded Nets squad overpowered the Lakers.

Harden looked weary at the end of the contest. He went 0-of-5 from the field and committed three turnovers. Still, he got much-needed scoring help from unheralded guard Patty Mills and made a pair of massive free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for Brooklyn.

The 31-year-old took things up a notch against the Clippers. Harden matched his season-high with 39 points on 15-of-25 shooting, also tallying 15 dimes and eight boards. According to Basketball Reference’s Game Score metric, it was his best performance of the season.

However, the on-court excellence almost pales in comparison to The Beard’s postgame comments.

Harden declared his prior struggles over

Harden made one thing clear after Monday’s win over the Clippers: He is no longer dwelling on his struggles through the first third of the season.

The three-time scoring champion exuded positive energy during his postgame press conference. He suggested )h/t ESPN) that the poor showings are in the past.

“Yeah, that’s over with. That’s over with.”

–James Harden on his early-season struggles, per ESPN

The Beard said he zeroed in on his body during health and safety protocols, including eating healthier and ensuring he worked out whenever possible. That commitment seems to have made all the difference.

But Harden didn’t just speak about himself. He went on to say the team’s morale is as high as ever and said Brooklyn will be rolling once it gets back to full strength.

“Confidence is through the roof. “Now just you add KD, and Kai, and LaMarcus and Joe Harris [out after ankle surgery], and that’s four of our best players, four of our top players that are out. Our confidence level for our bench and guys that are in the game is high.”

–James Harden on the Nets’ outlook, via ESPN

This sounds more like the preseason version of Harden, the one who claimed the Nets could run rampant on the rest of the NBA. That’s inherently positive for Brooklyn.

The Nets need Harden to maintain his current level of confidence and aggression when Durant and Kyrie Irving return to the rotation.

Can Harden build on his current momentum?

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets as he drives to the basket during a game at Arena on December 25, 2021 | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Skeptics might suggest that Harden’s prolific outings only came in Durant’s absence. For starters, he still had to go out there and perform after a two-week layoff. Additionally, The Beard has proven he can coexist with Durant and Irving on the floor.

Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.2 rebounds during Brooklyn’s first-round win over the Boston Celtics in last season’s playoffs. It’s a smaller sample size, sure, but it shows that Harden is capable of putting up dominant numbers when sharing the floor with other members of the Nets’ “Big 3.”

Realistically, the Nets need Harden to be the most aggressive offensive player. Durant carried Brooklyn through the early part of the season, but he also played heavy minutes for a guy whose return from an Achilles injury still feels fairly fresh. Moreover, Irving needs time to get acclimated to game speed. Those factors are conducive to Harden’s need to have the ball in his hands and build confidence.

Maybe Harden simply needed to hit the reset button. He is carrying himself like the superstar of old. The question will be whether he remains intent on asserting his will when Durant and Irving rejoin the squad.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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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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