As the NBA’s shooting guard at the Miami Heat, Wayne Ellington didn’t just become a basketball pro overnight but began playing college basketball for three years with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, which earned him the NCAA championship.
After his three years of outstanding college basketball play, he gave up the remaining year of college eligibility and was named the 28th overall candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Let us guide you through the life and career of this Shooting Guard as you read on.
Wayne Ellington Bio
The famous American professional basketball player was named Wayne Robert Ellington Jr. after he was born on November 29, 1987, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Wayne Ellington attended Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, but later transferred to the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2006 and then went to the University of North Carolina where he played college basketball.
At the University of North Carolin, Wayne led his team, the Tar Heels, to the National Championships, where they defeated the Michigan State Spartans 89-72. He earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team and earned the title of NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, among other prestigious awards. His last year of qualifying for college did not materialize because the rising star decided to enter the NBA Draft in 2009.
Wayne began his professional basketball career after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft, where he finished 28th. In his first season with the Timberwolves, he averaged 6.6 points per game and 2.1 rebounds. He was transferred to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for player Dante Cunningham after playing for the team for three years. On January 7, 2013, Wayne Ellington scored a new career highlight with 26 points in a 113-81 win over the Sacramento Kings, but after a few days, he was traded to Cleveland for striker Jon Leuer.
Wayne did not stay in Cleveland for long, as he signed with the Dallas Mavericks on July 26, 2013, soon after. After a year with the Mavericks, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers for a season in which he played a total of 65 games and was eventually dismissed. Wayne’s next team was the Brooklyn Nets, where he scored the highest score of the season with 26 points and won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for 2015/2016 from the Pro Basketball Writers Association.
Wayne signed with the Miami Heat after a year with the Brooklyn Nets on July 10, 2016, and on November 28, 2016, he made his debut for his new team after recovering from a thigh injury. It is also known that the player performed well in the Heat. Given this, it is hardly surprising that he retired from the team sometime in July 2018.
His Salary and Net Worth
Wayne Ellington has made a huge fortune through his basketball career, with sources say he earns a base salary of $6,270,000 and his net worth is estimated at $10 million.
Wayne Ellington will be the 9th highest-paid player in the Miami Heat starting in 2018, and he is ranked 186th in the NBA salary ladder as the highest-paid NBA player. He also sits in 81st position as the highest-paid Shooting Guard.
Wife/Girlfriend and Family Facts
The American basketball player comes from an African-American ethnic group. He was born to Elaine Ellington, his mother, and Wayne Ellington Sr., his father. However, Wayne tragically lost his father in November 2014 after he was shot dead in Philadelphia.
As for his marital status, Wayne Ellington is a married man and his wife is named Safie Khaled, who was his long-time girlfriend. The couple welcomed their child on March 22, 2017.
Ellington’s Body Stats
The NBA star is a fine athlete with a great physique, boasting a height of 6 ft 4 inches (1.93 m) and a bodyweight of 91 kg. Other details of his body measurements are difficult to know.
The American basketball player has a solid presence in the social media as he is active on Twitter and Instagram where he has built a huge fan base.