NBA player Richaun Holmes has enjoyed a steady improvement in his career since going pro in 2015 when he was selected as the 37th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2018, he got traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash considerations. The move was a positive one for Holmes whose name is now on the lips of many NBA lovers. Follow us as we attempt to reveal everything there is to know about the 6 feet 10 inches center and power forward.
Who Is Richaun Holmes?
Ignore his many tattoos and the straight face that makes him resemble some thug, Richaun Holmes is far from what his physical appearance could ever say about him. He was raised in a very strict home by parents who watched his every move and made sure he didn’t get the chance to stary too far from his home training.
He was born Richaun Diante Holmes on the 15th of October 1993, in Lockport, Illinois. His parents Richard and Lydecia Holmes who got married in 1984 are both Doctors of Divinity, an advanced academic degree in divinity. Prominent figures like Martin Luther King Jr and Billy Graham were also conferred with the degree.
Since 1990, three years before Holmes was even born, his parents have been senior pastors at Morning View “Word” Church, a Baptist house of worship on Chicago’s south side.
Holmes gave his parents his fair share of teenage rebellion but gradually as he matured, he grew in his faith. Richaun is very proud of his Christian faith as is evident in his bio across his social media pages. The words “Christ 1st” are seen on both his Twitter and Instagram bio.
Facts About The NBA Center, Power Forward
1. He has his brothers to thank for the quality of player he has become
Richaun is the youngest son in his family and has three older brothers. All of his brothers played high school basketball but none quite had what it takes to go pro. However, they posed a tough competition for Richaun when he was a kid which served as a catalyst to rapidly improve his skills. Richaun is the tallest of all of his three brothers.
2. No NCAA Division 1 varsity team showed interest in him until later
Holmes attended his locale Lockport Township high school. He originally played as a guard but after sprouting from 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 9 inches, he started playing at the forward position. Despite the rapid sprout in height, Holmes didn’t get any Division I college basketball scholarship offers.
However, after he committed to play for Moraine Valley Community College, Bowling Green came knocking. Holmes played one year at Moraine Valley before transferring to Green. Under the coaching of Chris Jans, he became a more versatile player improving every aspect of his game. His college highlights included Third-team All-MAC in 2014, First-team All-MAC 2015 and MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
3. His professional career has shaped up nicely thus far
Richaun Holmes’ NBA career has enjoyed a steady rise. He was signed to a contract on the 31st of July 2015 and on November 9, 2015, he made his first start for the side. He ended the year with a new season-high 18 points. In 2016, Holmes earned a salary of over $1 million from the Sixers.
In early 2017, his career took a dip as he was thrice assigned to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. As a result, he missed 16 straight Sixers games between Dec. 16 and Jan. 20. However, the power forward redeemed himself and soon NBA fans got to see more of his skills.
This was in part due to the Sixers trade of Nerlens Noel and the absence of Joel Embiid due to injury. Holmes did have his own part to play as he proved worthy as a fixture in the team’s rotation by outplaying Jahlil Okafor. Towards the end of March 2017, Holmes recorded a new career-high 25 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. He joined the Phoenix Suns on the 20th of July 2018.
4. Holmes is a family man
Raised with strong family values, Holmes wasted no time in starting his own family. He is a father to a son RJ who was born on the 13th of June 2016. Though he frequently shares photos of his son, Holmes has never shared pictures of the mother of his child. However, in a Twitter post made on December 7th, 2016, Holmes revealed that he was a married man.