Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was born on the 27th November 1971, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. He is a former professional basketball player of the NBA, who was renowned for his spectacular and flamboyant style of playing. After he ended his career as a player, he began a coaching one, evolving as an assistant at various clubs. Nick Van Exel played basketball professionally from 1993 to 2006, and has been working as a coach since 2009.
How rich is the former player, now coach? According to the data given in mid-2016, the net worth of Nick Van Exel stands at $40 million, earned from his career in basketball.
Nick Van Exel Net Worth $40 Million
To begin with, Nick played basketball while studying at St. Joseph High School. Later, Coach Bob Huggins incorporated Van Exel into the team the Bearcats which represented the University of Cincinnati. During his senior year, Van Exel was the best player in terms of points (18.3 points per game) and assists (4.5 per game). He led the team into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He won the distinction of All-America and was a finalist of the Wooden Award as a senior. In just two seasons, he became the record holder in Cincinnati history for the number of 3-pointers (147), attempted (411) and percentage (35.8%).
During 14 years in the NBA, Van Exel played successively for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Denver Nuggets, the Dallas Mavericks , the Golden State Warriors , the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs. Van Exel’s career began when he was selected 37th in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft 1993 – Van Exel and Eddie Jones were the cornerstones in rebuilding the Lakers in the early 1990s. He was a member of the second five starters All-Rookie Team. During his career with the Lakers, Van Exel scored 14.9 points per game, and registered an aversge 7.3 assists, finishing in the top 10 in the NBA in both categories. Van Exel had strained relations with some of his teammates, including the newly drafted Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, who joined the Lakers in 1996, considered the cause of conflict with coach Del Harris. However, he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game 1998 with three of his teammates. His net worth was certainly secure.
After five seasons, Van Exel was transferred to the Denver Nuggets. Playing with one of the worst teams in the league at that time, Van Exel realized the highest average of statistics with 17.9 points, 8.3 assists per game, 21.4 points in 27 games during 2001-2002 season.
In 2002, he was transferred to the Dallas Mavericks, where Van Exel had a small role, but contributed to the game. Then Van Exel was transferred to the Golden State Warriors, but in 2004, he was again transferred, this time to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Dale Davis and Dan Dickau. He subsequently signed with the San Antonio Spurs, after which Van Exel stated that it would be his last season in the NBA. During the play-offs in 2006, San Antonio was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks, and two days later ESPN announced that Van Exel had retired. Overall, Nick Van Exel is known as one of the most decisive players of his era, dramatically raising his game in the play-offs for his team.
After holding the post of assistant in the NCAA in Tigers Texas Southern, he joined the staff of the Hawks as assistant coach selected by coach Larry Drew with the role of helping young players in their progression. He remained with the Hawks from 2010 until 2012. In 2013, he joined the staff of the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach, then in 2014-2015, he was assistant coach for the Texas Legends in D-League, until in July 2015, he was appointed head coach of the team.
Finally, in the personal life of the former player and now coach, he has a son who in 2010 confessed to murdering his friend. Being 22 years old, he was sentenced to spend 60 years in prison.
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