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Willis Reed, Jr. was born on 25 June 1942, in Dubach, Louisiana USA, of African-American descent. He is a retired basketball player, coach and general manager, best known as a forward/center for the New York Knicks.
A basketball legend, how rich is Willis Reed? According to sources in mid-2017, Reed has collected a net worth of over $5 million, through his involvement in basketball which began in 1964.
Willis Reed Net Worth $5 million
Reed grew up on a farm in nearby Bernice, Louisiana, and attended West Side High School in Lillie – where he began his involvement in basketball – and later enrolled at Grambling State University, Louisiana, joining its basketball team, the Tigers. During his college basketball career, he led his team to one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship and three Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships. He amassed 2,280 career points, averaging 26.6 points and 21.3 rebounds per game as a senior.
Subsequently Reed was selected in the second round as the eighth overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 1964 NBA Draft, signing a deal for about $10,000. His net worth was at its start.
After averaging 19.5 points per game and being named NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season, he quickly established himself as a valuable player, becoming seventh in the NBA in scoring and fifth in rebounding in the following season, being selected to his first All-Star game and to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. His popularity was boosted. The season 1966–67 saw him making further progress in rebounding and point scoring, holding the eighth spot in the NBA in points with 20.9. He scored 21.1 points per game and set a franchise record with 1,191 rebound in 1968, and in the following five seasons, the Knicks were the best defensive club in the league. All fis efforts contributed to Reed’s net worth.
The season 1969–70 saw the team winning a franchise record 60 regular-season games and setting a then single-season NBA record with an 18 game winning streak. They made it to the NBA Finals, with Reed making his greatest moment by entering the court despite a severe injury and leading the team to capture the title, being named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the NBA regular season MVP and the NBA Finals MVP, as the first player in the history of NBA to earn all three distinctions in the same season. He was also selected to the All-NBA first team and NBA All-Defensive first team, and averaged 21.7 ppg, which was his highest season mark of his career. The triumph of such success shot Reed to stardom, greatly improving his wealth too.
The player was named to the All-Star game in the following season as well, when he averaged 20.9 ppg and 13.7 rpg. After his performance was limited due to a knee injury in season 1971-72, he helped his team to take another NBA title in 1973, being named NBA Finals MVP.
Due to a series of knee injuries, Reed’s performance declined, and he was forced to retire after the 1973-74 season, having compiled 12,183 points and 8,414 rebounds in his career; over the course of his successful 10-year basketball career, Reed appeared in seven All-Star Games, leading the Knicks to a pair of NBA Championships. This enabled him to earn several accolades and to establish a considerable net worth.
After his retirement, he worked as assistant and head coach with several teams, including the Knicks, further increasing his fortune. In 1988 he became the head coach for the New Jersey Nets, being promoted the team’s General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations the following year, holding that position until the mid-’90s. He then became Senior Vice President of Basketball, leading the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, before in 2004 becoming Vice President of Basketball Operations with the New Orleans Hornets, remaining in the position until 2007. All added to his net worth.
In his personal life, Reed was first married to a woman unknown to sources, and had two children with her. Since 1983, he has been married to Gale Kennedy, with whom he also has two children.