Jerry West Net Worth

Net Worth:$50 Million
Date of Birth: May 28, 1938 (85 years old)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Profession:Basketball Coach and Player
Nationality:United States of America

What is Jerry West’s Net Worth?

Jerry West is an American retired basketball player who has a net worth of $50 million. His career life in NBA was with the Los Angeles Lakers team. He participated in nine NBA Finals during his career and was selected to the First and Second Teams of the All-NBA First and Second Teams 12 times as a guard.

Jerry served as the Lakers’ head coach for three years after he retired from playing, and he later rose to the position of general manager. He served as co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

Early Life and College Career

The fifth of Cecil and Howard West’s six children, Jerry West was born in 1938 in Chelyan, West Virginia. After the loss of his older brother David in the Korean War, West, who had been extroverted as a boy, turned shy and reclusive.

Jerry attended East Bank High School from 1952 to 1956, when he participated in basketball under Duke Shaver’s direction. He quickly rose to the position of starting small forward and team captain for the freshmen.

Jerry received All-State recognition from 1953 to 1956, and All-American recognition in the final year. West guided his school to a state championship in 1956.

He attracted the attention of almost 60 colleges, but in the end, he chose to attend West Virginia University rather than move away from his home state. He was a member of a team that had a perfect 17 wins and 0 losses record during his freshman season.

Jerry equaled the 160 points scored in five games of the NCAA tournament during his junior season, earning him the title of Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

He had a number of career highs his senior year, including 29.3 points per game and 134 assists for the season. Jerry scored 2,309 points overall and grabbed 1,240 rebounds during his time playing for the college team.

Starting with the Lakers

Just before the franchise moved to Los Angeles, the Minneapolis Lakers selected West with the second overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft. Jerry helped the Lakers improve their season so they could make the 1961 NBA Playoffs, becoming almost an instant success.

He became the Lakers’ main scorer the next season, averaging 30.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while being named to the All-NBA First Team.

In the first meeting of one of the NBA’s most storied rivalries, the Lakers once again advanced to the playoffs and the finals before falling to the Boston Celtics.

Jerry West was once more named to the All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Star teams for the 1962–1963 season.

NBA Logo

Jerry West is depicted in the NBA’s iconic logo. Jerry is shown below with the renowned logo based on his silhouette on the chairs in the backdrop.

Further Career in NBA

Jerry West set an NBA record for points scored per game (46.3) in the 1965 playoffs. Even yet, the Celtics won the championship game by downing the Lakers once more.

He received further All-Star Team and All-NBA First Team nominations after averaging a career-high 31.3 points and making an NBA record 840 free throws the following season.  The Lakers fell to the Celtics once more in the championship game.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Wilt Chamberlain was acquired by the Lakers following a poor 1966–1967 season and a second loss to the Celtics in the 1968 NBA Finals.

To advance to the Celtics’ sixth finals series in eight years, the team put out a valiant effort.

In 1969–70, West had one of his best seasons, leading the NBA in scoring average and receiving his first of four votes for the All–Defensive First Team. West’s buzzer-beating 60-foot shot during the first NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks is one of the most well-known NBA events.

However, the Knicks shocked everyone by defeating the Lakers. More success followed in 1971–1972 when West and the Lakers set a record 33-game winning streak en way to 69 victories during the regular season.

Jerry was thus selected to the 1972 All-Star Game MVP team and was also named to the All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defense First Teams.

It took West and the Lakers until the next season to defeat the Knicks in the NBA Finals and win their first championship. In 1973–74, West played his last season, winning 47 games while losing to the Bucks in five games.

Due to a conflict over a contract, he retired after that. West had amassed more points in Lakers history at the time of his departure than any other player.

Coaching and Executive Career

Jerry West’s coaching career kickstarted in the 1976-77 season with the Lakers. During his tenure which lasted for three years, he guided the Lakers to a 145-101 mark while guiding them to the 1977 Western Conference Finals and every season’s playoffs.

Jerry served as a scout with the Lakers for three years after his time as a coach before being named general manager.

He aided the Lakers in capturing five championship rings in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988 while playing in the latter position.

Jerry joined the Memphis Grizzlies as general manager in 2002 and helped the group secure its first-ever postseason spot. West won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice for his leadership of the Grizzlies and the Lakers.

Later, after stepping down as general manager, West joined the Golden State Warriors as a member of the executive board. He joined the Los Angeles Clippers’ executive board in 2017 and is now a member.

Personal Life

In 1960, West wed Martha Jane Kane, his college love. David, Mark, and Michael were their three boys; they were divorced in 1976. Two years later, West wed Karen, with whom he had two kids, Ryan and Jonnie.

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