Stephon Marbury resigned from playing professional basketball after having a successful career of 22 years and then became an icon in China. He steered his squad to three championships during his era with the Beijing Ducks and defined himself as one of the most renowned and admired athletes in China. Even though he has retired from professional basketball, his reputation as a lawbreaker left a legacy to keep him in conversations about basketball for years to come. Keep reading to find out more about one of NBA greatest stars, his net worth and salary, and his bio.
Stephon Marbury Bio and Age
Stephon Marbury was born on the 20th of February, 1977 as the sixth out of seven kids. He was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York City. He studied at NYC’s Abraham Lincoln High School during his adolescent years. He was awarded the prestigious title of Mr. Basketball in New York State right after his senior year. Mr. Basketball is the greatest award given annually by the New York Basketball Coaches Association to one senior high school player. Stephon was always looked at as the next great point guard from NYC, predicted to follow the NBA stand-outs achievement of Mark Jackson and Kenny Anderson. He was one of the topics of Darcy Frey’s novel The Last Shot while still studying at Abraham Lincoln High School. The novel was about Stephon and 3 other senior students, and it was all about the first months of his very first season with the school’s team.
Stephon Marbury was designated a 1995 McDonald’s All-American and was ranked as one of the country’s top five candidates in basketball that year. He was extensively pursued by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets coach Bobby Cremins, with whom he ultimately committed.
He took over the starting point guard position at Georgia Tech, which at that time was empty due to the exit of Travis Best. Stephon steered Georgia Tech to a 24–12 record en route to the NCAA tournament’s Regional semi-final match, where Cincinnati defeated the Yellow Jackets 87–70. Averaging 18.9 points per game and 4.5 assists, Marbury was nominated by the Associated Press as a Third Team All American, along with several conference awards. He proclaimed himself ready for the NBA draft of 1996 after the season. He was a prominent team leader in his first two seasons at the Timberwolves, bringing them to two finals in 1997 and 1998.
At the Timberwolves he didn’t last long and was eventually traded to the New Jersey Nets. Stephon Marbury spent two seasons at the Nets and they never reached the playoffs during his time with the squad owing to the reduced potential around him. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns after a brief stay at the Nets and he led the team to the playoffs with a much better cast of players and ended the season with his second All-Star team award.
Following a public quarrel with New York Knicks head coach in the 2005/2006 league, Stephon Marbury received his bad boy reputation. He fell out with the head coach, Larry Brown after been traded to the New York Knicks in 2004. It was the first of a sequence of public feuds and spats before he was removed from the squad.
His CBA career began with the Brave Dragons of Shanxi Zhongyu. He was in the All-Star match for his first season at the CBA and received the MVP award. Due to his commitment to the Beijing community and the charity work he provided, Marbury was named one of the Top 10 Model Citizens for Beijing in 2014.
Stephon Marbury’s Wife and Girlfriend
Stephon Marbury started dating Latasha his girlfriend, and for a while, they were together before he proposed to her. On the 14th of September, 2002, Stephon and Latasha got married. He’s got three kids: Marbury Xaviera, Marbury Stephon, Jr., and Marbury Stephanie.
Net Worth and Salary
With the career achievements that he has, it is no wonder that Stephon Marbury is worth $45 million after a lifetime in accumulating fat contracts from various teams, particularly in China. He is also an entrepreneur with his own line of shoes and an increasing variety of goods related to sport. Stephon has also agreed to become the proprietor of the China Arena Football League’s Beijing Lions which is another source of income for him.