Jerry Alan West is a retired American basketball player who played for Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA (National Basketball Association). During his days as a player, his nicknames were Mr. Clutch as he could create a big play in a clutch situation. He is among the best guards in the NBA history, and he is a combination of perfectionism, deadly jump shot and absolute confidence. Keep reading to learn more on the net worth of Jerry West in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Jerry was born in 1983 on March 28th in Chelyan, West Virginia in a humble background. He was the fifth born out of a family of 6 children and their parents were Cecil Sue West, who was a housewife and Howard Stewart who worked as a coal mine Electrician.
In his Youth, he was a very aggressive child until the death of his brother at Korean War which turned him into an introvert and shy. He schooled at East Bank High School, and he graduated in 1956. After he graduated, over sixty universities expressed interest in him. However, he chose to stay in his hometown and joined West Virginia University.
West got married to his longtime girlfriend Martha Jane Kane in 1960 April in Morgantown, and after sixteen years of marriage, they got divorced in 1976. The couple had three sons, Michael Mark and David. Two years later, he got married to his current wife with whom they have two sons, Ryan and Jonnie.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He was drafted in 1960 by The Minneapolis Lakers. After he joined them, he played as a guard for this team. His time with the team saw the team rise immensely and their performance improved very fast. At one time, during a game that was NBA final, they lost Celtics, and this made him very disappointed. Despite the loss, he displayed excellent skills that saw him receive praises from various corners.
His hard work, when combined with that of the team members, is what has seen the team reach the finals for nine times. He was ranked number three on the list of the leading career scorer in the NBA. In the year 1976, he got appointed to serve as the coach of the team, and in very many times, he was named NBA player of the year.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Jerry West is over $62 million. The wealth has been made from his vast career both as a coach and a player. His skills are what has seen him become an asset to the team that he has played for. Despite him getting an injury which saw him shelve his boot too early, he was appointed as the coach for the team.
There has been no doubt that this is a man that has made a career for himself and has been a very big inspiration for many people. He has clearly shown that nothing is hard to achieve in this life provided you put your mind and heart on it.