Tamika Devonne Catching Smith, 38, is a retired American basketball player. She played 15 years for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Having given a major part of her life for sports, she has earned both fame and fortune. She is a millionaire and her net worth is about $5,070,000.
Tamika is the recipient of several awards. She has won WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2011), WNBA championship (2012), five WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2012), four Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2002).
Tamika Catching has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in her basketball career
Well, today we are here to talk about her career, her salary, and net worth. Further, we will also discuss her struggles as a player and also awards won by her.
Tamika was born in New Jersey. She finished her high school from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. There she was named WBCA All-American as she participated in WBCA high school All-America game and scored dozens of points. And even after her high school, she was also able to earn herself a name, Naismith College Player of the Year award.
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Later on, she became the part of 1997–98 Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, coached by Pat Summit. The team is considered to be one of the greatest teams in the history of U.S women’s college basketball.
Tamika was named WNBA Rookie of the Year while averaging 18.6 ppg, immediately making an impact on the Fever roster in her first year as a pro. Even in the rookie season, she managed 9 steals with a tie in WNBA record. In the year 2005, Tamika was able to score her 2,000 points in WNBA becoming the fastest player to score 2,000 points in WNBA career.
She was not only able to get the fastest 2000 points but was also able to do fastest 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 300 steals. Later that year, she was named WNBA defensive player of the year. She was given the same title again in the year 2006, 2009, and 2010.
In 2006, she was not able to play 2006 WNBA All-Star game even though she was highest voted because of her foot injury. Five years later, she was voted one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.
During the year 2011, Tamika was able to win WNBA Most Valuable Player while averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.0 spg. She was the one to lead the Fever to a 21–13 record, topping the Eastern Conference Standings. Later that year, her playoffs were poorly offensive. And they ended up losing with the team Atlanta Dream.
Tamika was regarded the WNBA’S Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011 after being voted by the fans. Likewise, Catching is also the second player in WNBA history to have 7,000 focuses and 3,000 bounce back in the long stretch of May 2016.
As she is one of the highest paid women to play basketball, her salary has been gradually increasing over the years. In the year 2015, her salary was $390000, and in 2016 her salary was $395000. Similarly in 2017 and 2018 increased to $400000 and $4100000. As of 2018, her net worth is $5,070,000.
Besides, she has also signed a contract worth $1,595,000 including bonus pay. Her market value is about $12,675,000. Moreover, she has represented the nation in the global rivalry winning Olympic medals. She is married to Parnell Smith since 2016.