If you think that an increase in size usually comes at the expense of mobility, you would be right, generally speaking, but Nance is one man who doesn’t fit into that mould. Larry Nance Jr. is an athlete who definitely knows how to use his massive body size to his advantage. He is an American professional basketball player who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft and was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2018.
While he was in college at Wyoming, he led his team to their first NCAA tournament since 2002 in the 2014-2015 season. Nance was considered one of the best big men in the Mountain West Conference. But none of this should sound surprising given that the talented hoops player comes from a basketball legacy.
Now for a deeper look into his life.
Larry Nance Jr.’s Bio, Ethnicity, and Age
Nance, who was born on January 1, 1993, did his high school education at Revere High School in Ohio. During his freshman season, Larry stood at just 5 feet 11 inches. By his senior season, he had stretched to a height of 6 feet 7 inches and hit a season average of 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks. Nance Jr. then went on to spend four years at the University of Wyoming turning out for his team in 123 games. His college career average was 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks.
During the NBA Draft of June 25, 2015, the budding point guard was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, making him the 27th overall pick of the draft. He put pen to paper on his rookie contract for the club two weeks later and made his NBA debut on November 6, 2015. It was a 104-98 win against the Brooklyn Nets. Larry made 6 points and 5 rebounds in the game. On December 7, he was started in place of teammate Julius Randle at the starting power forward position in a game against the Toronto Raptors. Twenty days later, he recorded his first career double-double for the team with 17 points, and 11 rebounds, as the Lakers lost 112-96 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Larry Nance Jr. continued to make progress with the Lakers, recording a career-high 18 points in their loss to the Chicago Bulls on November 20, 2016. However, an injury to his left knee on December 25 ruled him out for a month. In a game against the Portland Trail Blazers in November 2017, Larry sustained an injury to his left hand, effectively ruling him out for four to six weeks.
Larry Nance Jr.’s time with the Lakers came to an end when he and teammate Jordan Clarkson were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a newbie 2018 draft pick. A month after joining the Cavaliers, he recorded a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons in a 112-90 win.
Larry Nance Jr. has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
Larry Nance Jr.’s family: mom, dad, who is his girlfriend?
Larry’s father is the former legendary hoops player, Larry Nance who played for the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nance Sr. who has won the NBA All-Star Game three times was also the winner of the 1984 Slam Dunk Contest while he was with the Phoenix Suns. Nance Jr. participated in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest wearing a 1984 Phoenix Suns uniform in honour of his father. He also performed one of his father’s winning moves of 1984, the cradle dunk and also did the alley-oop dunk with this father on the same night. He came in second in the contest, losing to Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell. Two games into his Cavalier’s career, the NBA let the younger Nance wear his father’s No.22 jersey that had been retired in his honour.
Larry’s mother’s name is Jaynee Nance. After he had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his mom, who lives in the city with his father, humorously suggested that he should come live in their basement.
In September 2013, Larry proposed to his longtime girlfriend Hailey Pince. The two had met and started dated while they were at the University of Wyoming. Hailey who is an aspiring model was a swimmer during her time in college. She announced the engagement by sharing pictures and video clips of the massive ring on her Instagram account.
Larry Nance Jr.’s height and body measurements
Nance Jr. is quite tall even for a basketball star, he stands at an intimidating height of 6 feet 9 inches, which translates to 2.06 m. He weighs 104 kg (230 lbs).