Who is Rex Chapman and what is his net worth 2018? Retired American professional basketball player, Rex Everett Chapman played as Shooting Guard in four National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. Active since 1988, his prosperous career in the league spanned 12 long years with impressive NBA statistics to boast.
Born on October 5, 1967 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Chapman started playing ball at a young age. He attended Apollo High in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he was hailed as a basketball star, having led his high school basketball team to several victories. Owing to this massive talent in the sport, several universities actively pursued him for admissions into their programmes.
He finally chose to attend University of Kentucky as it was closer to home. While in college he played for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named to the All-SEC Team. With his help, the Wildcats won a multitude of accolades such as being ranked as the 6th college basketball team in the country. Chapman graduated from his alma mater with the title King Rex.
He was previously married to Bridget Chapman and has 4 children, 3 daughters and a son. He later filed for divorce owing to differences between him and his wife.
Chapman garnered 1,073 points while with the Kentucky Wildcats and then chose to enter the NBA draft. In 1988, he was signed by the Charlotte Hornets, after being picked 8th in the 1988 NBA draft. In his first season there, he averaged 16,9 points per game. He also took part in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as well as the NBA All Star Dunk contest. Midway through the 1991-1992 season, he traded to the Washington Bullets but couldn’t play in the season’s final game since he was injured.
During his tenure with the Washington Bullets, he played a total of 105 games, during the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons. However, he suffered his second major injury in the second season and was traded to the Miami Heat team.
Rex Chapman started off with a bang in the Miami Heat team, averaging 14.8 points per game in the 1995-1996 season. In 1996, he led his primarily injured team to victory against the Chicago Bulls. Towards the end of the season, he was injured again and played in only 56 games. By the end of the season, he signed with the Phoenix Suns.
Chapman became a fan favourite while at the Phoenix Suns. In the 1996-1997 season, he scored 13 points per game and played a total of 65 games while in the 1997-1998 season, he almost scored 16 points per game and played a total of 68 games. Owing to an injury during the strike shortened 1999 season, he only played 48 games. When he became reinjured after playing 53 games in the 1999-2000 season, he chose to retire from the NBA team.
Post retirement, he took on several other roles such as scout and Director of Basketball Operations for the Suns, color commentator on TNT, VP of player personnel with the Denver Nuggets and many more.
Rex Chapman Net Worth
With a colourful career spanning 12 years in the NBA, Chapman became very popular among the fans. He also served different roles after announcing his retirement from the NBA team the Phoenix Suns. Serving as a scout, color commentator, TV color analyst, he successfully dabbled his talents in several positions. Chapman’s prosperous career has amassed him a net worth estimated at $24 million.
Despite his colourful career in basketball and post retirement, he was arrested in 2014 for shoplifting charges. The same year, he entered a substance abuse rehab program owing to his continuous battle with prescription pain pill addiction. He is currently working with Kentucky State to help its youth with their battle with opioid addiction.