Nick Van Exel is an American former professional basketball player who has a net worth of $20 million. Nick Van Exel was a left-handed point guard known for his flashy style who had a 13-year NBA career and was an NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1998.
Nick Van Exel Early Life
Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was born on November 27, 1971, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nick was primarily raised by his mother, Joyce, and attended a private high school in Kenosha. He played basketball there from 1987 to 1989 scoring 1,282 points and led the WISAA state tournament in scoring as a junior and senior. He was named to the Associated Press All-State team as a senior.
Nick Van Exel NBA Career
Nick Van Exel’s NBA career began when the Los Angeles Lakers selected him in the second round (37th overall) of the 1993 NBA draught. After the Lakers missed the playoffs for the first time in years in 1994, he helped lead them to the playoffs in 1995, earning the nickname “Nick the Quick” for his speed and ability to knock down crucial shots.
Van Exel averaged 14.9 points per game and 7.3 assists during his time with the Lakers. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets after five seasons as their starting point guard.
The Nuggets were one of the league’s worst teams, but Van Exel set several career highs, including 17.7 points per game and 8.4 assists per game over four seasons, and 21.4 points per game through 45 games in 2001-2002. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a seven-player, first-round draught pick deal in 2002. He had a smaller role in Dallas, but he was still effective.
Van Exel was traded to the Golden State Warriors, where he averaged 12.6 points per game and 5.3 assists in 39 games before being traded to the Portland Trailblazers in 2004. He only appeared in 53 games for Portland before being released. Nick then agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs, stating that this would be his final season in the NBA.
During the 2005-2006 season, he averaged career lows and was limited to 65 games due to knee and elbow injuries. Nick Van Exel announced his retirement after the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.
Nick Van Exel Net Worth and Salary
Throughout his career, Nick Van Exel amassed a total of $74 million in salary payments. He made nearly $2 million after his rookie season. Currently, Van Exel’s net worth is said to be around $20 million.
Nick Van Exel Personal Life
On January 31, 2013, Nick Van Exel’s son, Nickey, was convicted of murdering his friend and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Nickey killed his best friend, Bradley Eyo, and dumped his body in Lake Ray Hubbard because he was afraid he would tell authorities about a series of bank robberies the two had committed together.
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