Charles Bassey’s contract: Is he the lowest paid NBA player?

Charles Bassey’s contract: Is he the lowest paid NBA player?

Lenah Ann
updated at January 14, 2024 at 2:41 PM

Charles Bassey is a Nigerian basketball player who plays as a centre or power forward for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He rose to prominence after an excellent collegiate basketball career with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, which mirrored his journey from Lagos, Nigeria, to the NBA via determination and skill. Charles Bassey's contract with his current club has significantly elevated his status in basketball.

Charles Bassey's net worth
Charles Bassey during the Pangos All-American Camp on 3 June 2018 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Photo: Brian Rothmuller (Modified by author)
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Charles Bassey made a name for himself, winning numerous awards and trophies despite his young age and humble background. Here is everything you need to know about the Nigerian basketball player.

Charles Bassey's profile summary

Full name

Charles A Bassey

Date of birth

28 October 2000


23 years of age (as of January 2024)

Place of birth

Lagos, Nigeria







Zodiac sign



6 feet 10 inches or 208 centimetres


230 pounds or 104 kilograms

Hair colour


Eye colour

Dark brown

Relationship status



Akpan Ebong


St Anthony, DeSales, Western Kentucky University


Professional basketball player

NBA draft 2021

2nd round, 53rd overall pick


Philadelphia 76ers, Delaware Blue Coats, San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs


Centre/power forward

Years active

2021 - present

Greatest achievement(s)

NBA G League Next Up Game, All-NBA G League Second Team

Net worth

$3.6 million

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

How old is Charles Bassey?

Charles Bassey (age 23 years as of January 2024) was born on 28 October 2000 in Lagos, Nigeria, to his father, Akpan Ebong and mother, who died when he was 14.


After arriving in the United States of America, he attended St. Anthony High School in San Antonio, Texas and DeSales in Louisville, Kentucky, before proceeding to Western Kentucky University, where he played basketball.

Charles Bassey's contract

In February 2023, the famed NBA star signed a four-year contract worth $10.2 million with the San Antonio Spurs, which includes a $5 million guarantee and an annual average salary of $2.55 million, as per Spotrac.

Charles Bassey's net worth and salary

For a while, the renowned Spurs centre was among the lowest-paid NBA players, with a basic salary of $74,742 annually. However, in the 2023/24 season, he takes home a base salary of $2.6 million, with a cap hit of $2.6 million and a dead cap value of $2.6 million.

According to sources, the famous youngster Charles Bassey has made at least $3,6 million playing professional basketball. He has made most of his income as a basketball player through various brand endorsements and sponsorship deals.

Charles Bassey's stats

In his career, the upcoming NBA star has played 77 games and has averaged 4.3 points per game with a total rebound of 4.3 and 1.0 assists. In 2023, he played 19 games and has averaged 3.3 points per game with a total rebound of 4.0 and 1.1 assists.

Charles Bassey's college stats

The famous youngster committed to Western Kentucky University after being recognized as a five-star prospect. He received recognition as First Team All-Conference USA, Defensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year.

In his rookie year, he averaged 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game and carried that pace into his second season despite having a fracture.

Charles Bassey's wingspan and height

He has a wingspan of 7 feet and 3.5 inches, demonstrating an incredible combination of size and length. Although he may not be particularly agile or fluid, this physically gifted centre appeared more animated in his junior year than his underclassman year.

Charles Bassey's height is 6 feet 10 inches or 208 centimetres; thus, he is among the tallest NBA players as of 2023. He weighs 230 pounds or 104 kilograms and has black and dark brown eyes.

Charles Bassey's college
Bassey of the Philadelphia 76ers at the 76ers Training Complex on 26 September 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. Photo:Tim Nwachukwu
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Frequently asked question

Despite obstacles such as ineligibility, the recognized star's determination and talent led him to DeSales High School in Kentucky, where he played for Aspire Basketball Academy. Below are some frequently asked questions about him.

1. Why is Charles Bassey not playing?

The renowned basketball star is expected to miss the remainder of the 2022/23 season after the Spurs reported the big man sustained a non-displaced fracture of his left patella during a win against the Magic.

2. Where is Charles Bassey now?

The famous Nigerian basketball player plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Prior to that, he played collegiate basketball for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and was later drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2021 NBA Draft.

3. Who is the tallest NBA player?

Charles Bassey's Instagram
Charles of the San Antonio Spurs during a game at the Smoothie King Centre on 1 December 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Jonathan Bachman
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Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol stand 7 feet and 7 inches tall, making them the tallest NBA players ever. Tacko Fall, Yao Ming, Slavko Vranes, and Shawn Bradley are shorter at 7 feet and 6 inches.

4. What is Charles Bassey's nationality and ethnicity?

The famed NBA player is a Nigerian national of mixed ethnic background.

5. Who is Charles Bassey's girlfriend?

The famed NBA star is one of the Spur's youngest players and is currently single. He devotes all of his time to his career, and it is unclear whether he has dated anyone since he has kept most of his life away from the public eye.

6. Is Charles Bassey on Instagram?

The renowned basketball player is one dynamic and sought-after personality who boasts significant fan bases across social media platforms. As of January 2024, he has over 59.7k followers on Instagram and 6.5k on X (Twitter).

Final word

Charles Bassey's contract made his net worth skyrocket. However, he still has to work harder to get better deals that will push him to be one of the highest-paid NBA players. On the court, he plays with strong energy and drive. He makes effective use of his height and has exceptional rebounding abilities with excellent athleticism.

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Lenah Ann is a Kenyan-based content creator with 2 years of experience. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and Communication from Dedan Kimathi, Kenya in 2021.