John Salley, a veteran American former professional basketball player who later became a television personality and actor, is said to have grown up in Georgia, where he received his high school education at Canarsie High School. He started playing basketball before going to Georgia Tech College of Management, where he also played college basketball and rocked number 22 Jersey.
He finally graduated from college in 1986 and began his professional career. The talented player began playing professional basketball immediately after graduating college. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft. This allows him to play twice for the Pistons in the NBA championship – in 1989 and the following year.
He is an all-time leader of the team known for his block shots and also played in the period when his team, led by Coach Chuck Daly, reached three NBA finals in a row.
As part of a barter deal, John Salley was transferred to the Miami Heat in 1992, and after playing for the team for a few years, he switched to Toronto Raptor, where he was only able to play for a limited time. John Salley applied to terminate his contract with the Raptors, whereupon he was signed by the Chicago Bulls. In just one year of playing for the team, he achieved a stunning record of 72 wins in a single season, coupled with winning the NBA championship. John Salley announced his retirement immediately after winning the championship.
Shortly after that, however, he decided to play for the Greek Basketball League in Greece, as he was signed by Panathinaikos, where he is said to have played only seven games for the team. After three years he left Greece and went to Los Angeles to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he led the team to the NBA Championship in 2000, followed by two more championship wins for the team in 2001 and 2002. After three consecutive NBA championships, John Salley’s final retirement in 2000 marked the end of his basketball career.
The Net Worth Of Ex-Basketball Player And Actor
John Salley accumulated a lot of wealth in his professional career as an NBA player. Although the actual value of his annual income is not known to the public, the man is believed to have a net worth of $16 million.
He did not acquire this amount through his basketball career alone. After his basketball career, John Salley began working for Fox Sports Net Show as a host on The Best Damn Sports Show, a job he kept for a long time.
In the years that followed, Salley ventured into acting and landed a role as a computer hacker in the movie Bad Boys and its sequel Bad Boys II. He starred in the 2005 television sitcom Noah’s Arc as Victor and played the role of a big elf in the Disney movie The Ultimate Christmas. He also appeared in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic, and in 2018 he landed a role in Nappily Ever After Salley. Other television appearances he has had over the years include fast cars and superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, Ballers, I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here! and some others.
John Salley Wife and Daughters
The American ex-basketball player was born to African-American parents and has three siblings named Willjay Salley, Jerry Salley, and Ron Salley.
John Salley married Natasha Duff, his long-time girlfriend, on July 31, 1993, and the couple is blessed with two children whose names are not known to the public. However, it is also known that he has a daughter named Tyla from a previous relationship.
Body Stats and Other Facts
1. The American former NBA star has an athletic, well-built physique with a complement height of 6 feet 11 inches and a bodyweight of 104 kg. He has straight black hair and dark brown eyes.
2. Salley has a strong online presence as he is active on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where he has more than 27k followers, 41.7k followers, and 49.5k followers.
3. It is worth knowing that Salley is a veganism activist, wellness and fitness entrepreneur, and a true member of Operation Smile, a medical services organization.