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Mongolian Basketball League Salary: Mongolian National Basketball Association (Players Survey, 2022)


mongolian basketball league salaries [chart]

 

Player Salary Ranges

$1,000 - $9,000 USD/per month

Most Commonly Reported Salary

$2,000 - $4,000 USD/mth

Lowest Reported Salary

$1,000 USD/mth

MAX Salary (Imports)

$9,000 USD/yr

Sources Referenced [Players, Media, Coaches, Agents]

17

Source : Josecolorado.com, Professional Basketball Players Survey Data [2022]



Mongolian basketball league salary

Overseas players in Mongolia’s top professional basketball league - the Mongolia National Basketball Association (MNBA) - can typically expect to make $2,000 - $4,000 USD/per month on average.

The lowest salaries hover around $1,000 USD/per month. The MAX is $9,000 USD/per month.


Based on our overseas basketball salaries survey that looked at 100+ leagues worldwide, this would put Mongolia in the middle-lower tier of Asian Basketball salaries.

But:

Overall it would put Mongolia into the middle-tier pay grade of worldwide basketball salaries.

Asia is the highest-paying basketball continent in the world on average.

Mongolian basketball league salaries vary from $1,000 - $9,000 USD/per month in its top basketball league.

Mongolian basketball league salaries vary from $1,000 - $9,000 USD/per month.


Mongolian basketball league:
mongolian national basketball association

Mongolia’s top professional basketball league is the Mongolian National Basketball Association (MNBA) - also known as the ‘SuperLeague’ - where salaries range from $1,000 - $9,0000 USD/per month.

Let’s get more specific though:

First let’s start with lower-budget clubs.

Here we are typically looking at MNBA teams offering $1,000 - $1,500 USD/per month.

Sometimes contracts can dip below $1,000 (rare cases).

In these instances you’d be looking at $500 - $800 - the bottom pay rung of the league.



On the other extreme:

Higher-budget MNBA teams can typically pay a player $4,500 - $9,000 USD/per month.

In fact:

According to Greek newspaper Gazzetta, at least one MNBA club is officially searching for two players between $7,000 - $9,000 USD/per month.

Agents and players with first-hand experience in the MNBA confirmed these larger salary amounts as well.

I had multiple sources directly tell me higher-end players can usually command between $4,000 - $6,0000 USD/per month.

But please understand:

These higher-end salaries are reserved for:

  • Ex-NBA players

  • Ex-NBA G-Leaguers

  • Proven international pros


Average MNBA salary range based on club budget (chart)

 

Type of Club

Average salary range per month (USD)

Lower-budget MNBA teams

$800 - $1,500

Middle-budget MNBA teams (most common)

$2,000 - $4,000

Higher-budget MNBA teams

$4,500 - $9,000


Mongolian basketball players

Despite its lower basketball profile in comparison to its neighboring countries of China and Russia, Mongolia has a few notable ties to NBA players including former Los Angeles Lakers guard Smush Parker (MNBA) and NBA Champ Mengke Bateer (Chinese Inner Mongolian).

In 2015, Parker - who infamously played alongside Kobe Bryant on two playoff bound Lakers teams - played for the Mon-Altius Madimos Falcons in the MNBA.



While Parker personally played well in Mongolia averaging 24 points - 7 rebounds - 6.5 assists.

The five-year NBA player was actually eliminated in the first-round on the MNBA competition.

And it appears Parker wasn’t exactly a fan of the Mongolian experience.



That shouldn’t exactly come as a huge surprise.

Some countries - for example Bolivia or Peru (altitude sickness) - can provide some serious environmental challenges to get past.

In fact:

The two books pictured below do a great job of outlining just that.

I’d highly recommend reading both (written by ex-pros) to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

Often times:

Overseas basketball is not just 5v5.

You are also up against unbelievable environmental challenges.



My guess is this played a factor into Parker disliking the experience.

Mongolia’s temperatures can dip to -30 degrees Celsius.

The MNBA season also occurs during the winter months (October - April).

So you can only imagine how dramatic a shift that could be for someone not used to it.



Outside of Parker:

Mongolians can take pride in Mengke Bateer.

The six-foot-eleven (211cm) and 290 lbs (132kg) beast played three NBA seasons with the :

  • Denver Nuggets (2002)

  • San Antonio Spurs (2002 - 2003)

  • Toronto Raptors (2003 - 2004)

And while Bateer did play for the Chinese National Team for many years with Yao Ming, he was officially born in Hanggin Banner, Inner Mongolia.

Bateer even won an NBA championship in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs.


Mengke Bateer is the highest-paid Mongolian basketball player ever.


highest paid mongolian basketball player: Mengke bateer net worth

As the only Mongolian to make the NBA thus far, Mengke Bateer is also the highest-paid Mongolian basketball player.

In his three seasons in the NBA he netted $1.4 million USD.

Nowadays:

There are many Mongolian basketball players who are attempting to follow in Bateer’s footsteps.



The most famous example is high schooler (Class of 2022), Enkhiin-Od Michael Sharavjamts.

The Mongolia-native made history recently.

He became the first Mongolian to commit to a NCAA D1 roster in the Dayton Flyers.



Whether he makes it to the NBA or not remains to be seen.

But seeing a Mongolian-born player making such a big leap is a positive step forward for Mongolia and the MNBA.

After all:

If “Mongolian Mike” is able to gain some traction that could mean:

  • More potential sponsorships into basketball back in Mongolia

  • Partnerships

  • Potential wealthy owners stepping forward wanting to own MNBA teams

  • Trick down effect into bigger player salaries


is basketball popular in mongolia

Basketball continues to grow in Mongolia. But it is actually 3x3 Basketball that has become the most popular version of the sport.

Horse racing and wrestling are still Mongolia’s most popular sports but 3x3 basketball is not too far behind.


Mongolia’s 3x3 basketball is more popular than the traditional 5v5 - something that will impact overseas basketball salaries in Mongolia in the future.


This isn’t something an overseas player should overlook.

Just think about:

Basketball will likely continue to grow and develop in Mongolia.

But if the bulk of the resources are going towards the 3x3 FIBA/Olympic version, then this does little for players who are interested in cashing out in the traditional 5v5 format (i.e. MNBA).

Also:

3x3 is still in its novelty stages and has many people excited.

Even something as unique and different as its multi-coloured official game ball is still appealing and fresh to many (including me).

Here’s a link if you wanted to pick one up.



Much of the country’s attention will be focused on the 3x3 version.

That will leave the MNBA with the table scraps.

And speaking frankly:

There’s a good chance that scenario may just develop in the years to come.

Why is that, you ask?


Mongolia 3x3 basketball

Although achieving little international success in traditional 5v5 basketball, Mongolia has quickly risen to become the No.1-ranked 3x3 Basketball Nation in Asia.

Globally, in both men and women, they are ranked amongst the best countries in the world.

Here’s Mongolia’s 3x3 basketball resume as of 2022:


 

Mongolian 3x3 Men’s Basketball

FIBA World Ranking

No.11

FIBA Asia Ranking

No.1

Players ranked in FIBA Top 250 Players

14

Olympic appearances

None


 

Mongolian 3x3 Women’s Basketball

FIBA World Ranking

No.7

FIBA Asia Ranking

No.1

Players ranked in FIBA Top 250 Players

13

Olympic appearances

2020


Beyond this:

According to star women’s 3x3 player Khulan Onolbaatar, Mongolians have an entire TV channel devoted specifically to 3x3 basketball.

The Washington Post reports roughly 20,000 kids are playing organized 3x3 in Mongolia.

Many die-hards are buying jerseys of star 3x3 players such as Onolbaatar according to the report.

And all of this is craze for 3x3 over 5x5 seems completely justified.

Consider:

The women’s 3x3 earned their berth to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

That marked the first time Mongolia ever qualified for a team event at the Olympics.

Mongolia in 5x5 has never come close to that stage in international basketball.

And all of this has been achieved in a short time frame.

Considering that, if you were the Mongolian Basketball Federation - and you had to make a choice - where would you allocate your money into?

That seems like an obvious decision.

But it may not be necessarily what overseas pros want to hear.


CONCLUSION

So there you have it.

The Mongolian National Basketball Association is Mongolia’s top basketball league.

It provides overseas basketball players the opportunity to make decent wages if playing for one of its top clubs.

In the context of Asia, Mongolia has a lower-middle overseas basketball salary.

But in global terms, it is still a serious contender to attract solid hoopers.


What has your experience been like with the MNBA and the Mongolian Basketball League?
Comment below!


Jose Colorado is a 6-year professional basketball player helping others achieve their dreams of pro basketball with a proven and tested approach to overseas basketball.



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