Anfernee Penny Hardaway is a retired NBA player of US. Penny had four-time NBA All-Star selections in series. In 1996 Summer Olympics, Penny Hardaway won the gold medal. He is the runner-up for Rookie of the Year Award in 1994. Apart from the NBA, he did wonderful Nike Ad campaign as “Lil Penny,” his own puppet version. Let’s find out how much is Penny Hardaway’s net worth in 2018.
Penny Hardaway Early Life
Anfernee Deon Hardaway was born in Memphis on July 18, 1971. He brought up with his maternal grandmother and got his beautiful nickname “Penny” from her. She used to call him “Pretty” that turns to “Penny”.
He started playing basketball at Treadwell High School. He got National High School Player of the Year Award for Parade Magazine with 36.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.
He went to the University of Memphis for further studies where he robbed at gunpoint and hit by a bullet in the foot. He got selected by the Golden State Warriors and started his NBA career in 1993.
Penny had played with Orlando Magic Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Miami Heat but he played exceptionally well with the Orlando Magic.
Penny Hardaway has a son and two daughters. His Son Jayden Hardaway is also a basketball player who plays at guard position like him. His daughters are La Tanfernee and Layla Hardaway. After his retirement, he started contributing his support to basketball teams at Memphis.
Penny Hardaway Career
Penny’s golden career started with his selection by the Golden State Warriors while playing for the Memphis State University. He was traded to Orlando Magic in 1993. He started his career with MVP Award for the first ever Schick Rookie Game.
Penny averaged 16 points, 5.4 rebounded, and 6.6 assists in his first ever league. His following seasons with Orlando averaged 20.9 points.
He got a terrific acting talent too. Blue Chips, a basketball drama film featured Penny Hardaway and his partner Shaquille O’Neal as lead actors in 1994.
Penny Hardaway became the only NBA Player to average 20 points, 5 assists. He won the gold medal in 1996 Summer Olympics. He averaged 9 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds.
In 1998, Hardaway experienced brutal knee injuries that need surgery. Penny was traded to Phoenix Suns in 1999. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists, but got two more surgeries in 2000-01 NBA season.
He has played for the New York Knicks from 2004 to 2006. He signed Miami Heat and finally released by this team in December 2007.
Awards & Achievements
Penny got 4 straight All-Star, 2 All NBA First Team, 1 All-Rookie First Team. He was awarded with Orlando Magic’s Fan Choice Award in 1994. He got Runner up for Rookie of the Year Award. He was runner-up to Chris Webber. He had Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.
Net Worth of Penny Hardaway
Penny Hardaway has a net worth of $50 million. He has made most of the money during his NBA career. He is also popular for “Lil Penny” the Nike funny Ad Campaign and Basketball Drama movie Blue Chips.
He also owns a barber shop and beauty salon in Memphis.
With an unfortunate end to an elevated career, Penny chooses to stay connected with the game. Hardaway helped his friend Desmond Merriweather in coaching his team. In 2012, Hardaway became a part of an ownership group Memphis Grizzlies minority.
Penny was usually compared to Magic Johnson for his exceptional impact even after plagued by injuries. His dramatic career as an NBA superstar ends with another “What if” in Basketball player’s history.