This American professional basketball player had a hard time growing up. JaMychal Green lived in an unsafe neighborhood and lost his brother in 1992. Even though he was too little to understand what ensued, he believed that the event was what spurred him to be better. His dream of wanting to live a better life has been actualized now that he is playing for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
Who Is JaMychal Green?
JaMychal Green was born on the 21st of June, 1990 in Montgomery to Alonzo and Rita Green. JaMychal started playing basketball while in high school. He led the St. Jude Educational Institute to the Class A State Championship in 2006 and 2008. He was even voted the MVP of the 2006 Championship. While in High school, he played for the USA National team at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in 2008.
Moving on to College, JaMychal Green chose to commit to the University of Alabama. He had other offers but chose Alabama because he wanted to play alongside Andrew Steele and Tony Mitchell, who were his close friends. In his first season, having played 31 games with an average of 11.6 points per game, he was ranked first in rebounding among Southeastern Conference (SEC) freshmen; but he came second among players with five double-doubles. For his second season, which was not as successful as the first, he had the ninth position in the SEC in rebounding (7.2).
Later on, he was called up to be a part of the 2009 Old-Spice Classic Tournament team and was instrumental in winning the game with a late winning shot at just five seconds on the clock. This earned him the SEC Player of the Week. Thanks to his exceptional skills, he has several accolades such as being the 2008 Alabama Mr. Basketball and a three-time Alabama Sportswriters Association Player of the Year. He also has a silver medal for being a part of the USA National U-18 Team.
Things To Know About The NBA Player
1. Teams He Has Played For
JaMychal Green, having being undrafted at the 2012 NBA Draft, joined the San Antonio Spurs during the summer league. By October 2012, he was signed but days after, he was waived and acquired by Austin Toros of the NBA’s development league, making him an affiliate player of San Antonio Spurs. He played a total of 44 games with his average points being 12.3.
In July 2013, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers but moved on shortly after to Choral Roanne, a basketball team in France, after being waived by the Clippers in October. Between 2014 and 2015, JaMychal Green played for San Antonio Spurs and for the Austin Spurs as well. Upon the expiration of his contract with Austin Spurs, Green moved on to join the Memphis Grizzlies with a 10-day initial contract.
Shortly after, JaMychal Green signed a multi-year contract with the team. He has been on the Memphis Team since 2015 and has churned out amazing results.
2. Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Being a professional athlete, JaMychal Green is in amazing shape. The Memphis Grizzlies Forward is 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 103 kg. Other details about his body measurements are not available to the public.
3. Family and Background
JaMychal Green was born to Alonzo and Rita Green in Montgomery, Alabama where he grew up. The basketball player has an older sister, Kemeche L. Green (PhD.) who is an education specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education.
JaMychal lost his elder brother on Christmas morning in 1992. Sadly, his brother left behind two little children. JaMychal believed that he had to be responsible for his late brother’s family and this served as a major motivation for him.
4. Charity and Humanitarianism
Inspired by his brother’s death and the family he left behind, Green started a foundation which is called My Brother’s Keeper. The purpose of the foundation is to inform, educate, and inspire youths. With his story, he hopes to make youths understand the need to persevere and fight in order to achieve their dreams. JaMychal Green believes that he can inspire people by just being an NBA player but the foundation would ensure greater impact. He believes that since everyone can’t play basketball, at least everyone can be educated.
5. Personal Life
This NBA star notably keeps a low profile, which is why details of his personal life rarely make it to the tabloids. However, it is known that JaMychal previously dated, Courtney Jones – a former basketball player. The pair, who are no longer together, have a daughter named Jada.
6. Salary and Net Worth
JaMychal earns a base salary of $7,866,667 which makes him the 6th highest paid player in Memphis Grizzlies and the 59th best paid forward in the league. Not bad for the guy who was undrafted back in 2012. We are yet to confirm the total value of his wealth.