Shawn Travis Kemp is a retired basketball player of NBA that is the National Basketball Association. A six-time NBA All-Star, as well as an All-NBA Second Team three-time member, Kemp is one of the major figures of American basketball. Here is a quick summary of Shawn Kemp’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Shawn Kemp Early Life
Shawn Kemp was born on November 26, 1969, in Elkhart, Indiana. Kemp was raised by his mother Barbara and used to play basketball at a very young age. Kemp went to school at Concord High and later became one of the best basketball players in the nation. He was in studying in senior year at that time.
While studying at the University of Kentucky, he obtained a scholarship. However, due to low grades, he was soon prevented from continuing the University. Kemp studied shortly at the Trinity Valley College in Athens. Soon after he entered the draft of 1989 NBA at the age of 19.
Kemp fathered seven children out of six women by the time he was 28. This led to a large portion of his income is spent on childcare. At Lower Queen Anne in Seattle, he owns a sports bar called ‘Oskar’s Kitchen.’ The bar, however, was shut down in 2015.
Shawn Kemp Career, Awards & Achievements
Kemp became the youngest player to be made by the “SuperSonics” of Seattle in the year 1989. By the second season with the Sonics, he started being acknowledged as a rising star in the NBA. The years 1995 and 1996 were the highest points in Kemp’s career with the Sonics. Along with Gary Payton, he led the team to a whopping record 64 wins and made it through to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1979. He played with the Sonics till the year 1997 after which he was part of a three-way trade, and Kemp was sent from the Sonics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In spite of his extreme weight issues, in the three seasons that he played for the Cavaliers, he led the team to NBA Playoffs. In the year 2000, he was traded to the well-known Portland Trail Blazers. Due to his severe weight gain, along with cocaine and alcohol abuse, his career began to go downhill henceforth. He was waived shortly before the 2002–03 season after a mere two seasons of playing with the Blazers. Kemp played his 1000th NBA game with the Magics.
Kemp’s attempts at returning did not prove fruitful for as long as the NBA roster of the 2006–07 season. In 2008, 18th of August, the Premiata Montegranaro of Italian League handed him a contract of one year. He played in total three pre-season matches after which he came back to Houston, and the contract with Premiata Montegranaro soon came to an end.
Awards & Achievements
Kemp earned the title of “Reign man” by the second season of playing with the Sonics. In 1994, he won a gold medal in the tournament, FIBA World Championship that was held in Toronto, he won the gold for the national team of US. Kemp played with renowned teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Premiata Montegranaro.
Net Worth of Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp has a net worth of $5.5 million. Kemp earned his huge net worth during his fourteen seasons of playing for the NBA. Apart from that, he earned millions from the various brands that he endorsed, Reebok being one of them. Kemp had fathered seven children out of six mothers, and this came as a blow to his income.
Shawn Kemp is a major basketball figure and has been compared to the legendary Michael Jordan. Jordan himself has acknowledged this fact and agreed that Kemp was a talented player. One of the most talented stars in the NBA, Kemp faced a lot of struggles in life and ultimately rose above them.