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Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky outearns several NBA players

Rocky of the Denver Nuggets is the highest-paid mascot in the NBA with $625,000 annual earnings.
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Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky earns $625,000 per year, and he even outearns some veterans on minimum contracts, including 14-year veteran D.J. Augustin.

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky earns $625,000 per year

Every NBA team has a mascot, but Rocky is the king when it comes to earnings. The average salary of an NBA mascot is around $60,000 per year, which means Rocky earns more than 10 times that amount. Meanwhile, some players and veterans are making nowhere near that amount.

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Take the case of 14-year veteran D.J. Augustin who is set to receive $333,333 for the 2022-23 season. It's crazy to think a mascot outearns a proven veteran in the NBA. Last season, the NBA minimum for players' salaries was $925,258.

What made Rocky different from other mascots? His antics. He is willing to engage the fans and even put them in particular situations that add entertainment to the games.

After Rocky, Clutch, the Rocket Bear of the Houston Rockets, makes $250,000 annually, while Benny the Bull from the Chicago Bulls rakes in $200,000 annually. Aside from the NBA gig, many of them make money on the side, appearing at events and parties.

Being a mascot in the NBA isn't so bad. You get to entertain people and become a part of world-class organizations. Not to mention rubbing elbows with NBA superstars and getting to know them up close for free! Does anyone know where people can sign up?

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