Shabazz Napier has recorded great achievements since he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA Draft. The renowned basketball player started from his college days to make name for himself in sports. Napier has won the title of the Most Outstanding Player at the 2014 NCAA Tournament and his professional career has seen him play for different NBA teams. Apart from his life on the court, there is so much more to know about Shabazz Napier. Here are lesser-known facts about the NBA player.
Bio (Age) of Shabazz Napier
He was born on July 14, 1991, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, to his Puerto Rican mother Carmen Velásquez. Growing up in Boston’s Mission Hill projects, Shabazz was inclined to basketball and would start at a very young age to play. He attended Charlestown High School in Massachusetts as well as Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts. Napier made sure to make a name for himself while at Lawrence as he made impressive records at the school. He led the school’s team to many victories all through his stay and was even named the Tournament MVP.
After his high school, Napier in 2010 proceeded to the University of Connecticut where he played college basketball. Backing up Kemba Walker as a freshman, he played all 41 games in the season and averaged 7.8 points. The school’s team led by coach Jim Calhoun at the time, felt Napier’s impact as he led them to victory at the Big East Conference Championship, as well as National Championship in 2011. Shabazz Napier got even better in his sophomore season as he made an average of 13.0 points and 5.8 assists which was way better than his freshman performance.
Shabazz’s junior season saw him rise to popularity after he was elected as one of the best backcourts in the US. It was truly a remarkable year for the future NBA player who also scored his 1000th career point that season. After an impressive performance, he earned a nod for Big East Player of the Year and was also chosen to the Big East All-First Team. At the end of his junior season, he had averaged 17.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists.
His senior season was also one to remember, as Napier led his team to the National Championship game and averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
After a record-breaking college basketball stint, Napier was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets as the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He was subsequently traded to the Miami Heat who signed him after 10.2 points average in four Summer League games. In April 2015, almost a year after he was drafted, Napier came down with a sports hernia and had to undergo surgery. He soon recuperated and joined the Miami Heat again in July that year.
His next professional stint was at Orlando Magic where he moved to on trade. He played for the team from 2015 to 2016 before moving to the Portland Trail Blazers, also on trade. Napier played for two years for the Blazers before he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2018. The NBA player has also played for the Puerto Rican national team. Napier’s mother is his manager and handles all his legal dealings.
His Net Worth and Salary
He may not be the richest but Shabazz Napier has got an enviable financial status to show for his very interesting career. Napier’s contract with the Portland Trail Blazers was worth over $2 million, a range that was rated high among point guards. The renowned basketball player was paid $1,238,640 as salary during his time with Miami Heat.
Napier was placed on a $ 1,350,120 salary for his first year with the Blazers. His rookie year was even better, he earned a whopping $ 2,361,359 as his salary with the team for the next season. Although he is quite private about his personal life, all these amounts to an estimated net of $1.3 million for the NBA player.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
Shabazz Napier has got the right body that suits his career. He stands at a tall height of 1.85m (6ft 1in) which is quite proportional to his weight of 79 kg (174 lbs). Napier makes his record-breaking baskets with his long wingspan which measures 6’2. The great offensive point guard is known for his fearlessness and confidence in the court.