They marvel us with their moves, aggressive hair whipping — and outfits that leave just enough to the imagination.
NBA cheerleaders are always a welcomed diversion from a fast-paced basketball game. But just how much do the most elite squads pull down per game?
# 4: Laker Girls
Perhaps the most iconic of all NBA cheerleading squads, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Laker Girls have been wowing crowds since 1979. They even introduced Paula Abdul to the world. Surprising, they are not the highest-paid ladies, earning just about $100 each per home game.
# 3: Brooklynettes
The Brooklyn Nets’ well-named dance squad proudly struts their stuff to the tune of about $120 a game at Barclays Center. Although they may be in the shadow of the well-established Knicks City Dancers in Manhattan, Brooklyn’s status as the new center of New York City has made these ladies hipper than ever.
# 2: HEAT Dancers
We’re not sure why the “HEAT” in the name of the Miami Heat’s dance squad is in all caps (“Heavenly Exciting Agile Talents” perhaps?), but what we do know is these professional dancers earn about $150 per home game.
# 1: Knicks City Dancers
Even though the New York Knicks are no longer the most valuable franchise in the NBA, their cheerleading squad — the Knicks City Dancers — are at the top of their field. These tenacious ladies earn about $200 for every game at Madison Square Garden.