Orlando Woolridge is a retired American basketball player who played both in the NBA and European leagues. His height is 6 feet 9 inches, and he weighs 98 kg. He was seen playing in the small forward position, wearing jersey numbers 0 and 6. This article reveals Orlando Woolridge’s current worth, career insights, and personal life.
Orlando Woolridge Net Worth in 2023
He started playing professional basketball in 1981 and retired in 1996. He spent most of his career in NBA. But his Italian career was the golden part of his career. As of now, Orlando Woolridge’s net worth is $7 million. His successful NBA and European league contracts made him a millionaire.
|Total Net Worth in 2023:||$7 Million|
|Total Salary Earnings:||$6.9 million|
|Salary From Milwaukee Bucks:||$3.8 million|
|Salary From Philadelphia 76ers:||$150,000|
|Earnings From Detroit Pistons:||$2 million|
|Salary From Denver Nuggets:||$0.8 million|
|Source of Income:||Former NBA, Media, Coaching Career, Business|
Early Life and Education
Orlando Woolridge was born in Bernice, Louisiana, on December 16, 1959. He is the son of his father, Larnceen Woolridge, and his mother, Mattie Woolridge. The full name is Orlando Vernada Woolridge. He has a sister named Vanessa Woolridge Duplessis. His educational life began at Mansfield High School in Louisiana.
|Birth:||December 16, 1959, in Louisiana, USA|
|College Education:||University of Notre Dame|
|Height:||6 feet 9 inches|
|Death:||May 31, 2012 (age was 52)|
His basketball career in the college phase began at the University of Notre Dame. In his college life, he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team from 1977 to 1981.
Basketball Career: Drafted Teams and Contract History
In his professional life, he signed professional contracts with the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Benetton Treviso, and Buckler Bologna.
In the 1981 NBA draft, he was taken by the Chicago Bulls, 6th overall in the 1st round. The first contract with the Chicago Bulls lasted till 1985. Leaving the Bulls, he moved to the New Jersey Nets, where he played just one season in 1986-87. The next season of his career was with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1990, he was with the Denver Nuggets. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1991-92. Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre also played on the same team. The last of his NBA life was with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1993.
At the time of his Italian professional life, he won several recognitions and awards. With his dazzling performance for Benetton Treviso, he favored his team to win the FIBA European Cup. In the same season, his team won the FIBA European Cup, and he became the top scorer in the tournament.
In his entire career, he scored 13,623 points on average (16.0 ppg), 3,696 rebounds on average (4.3 RPG), and 1,609 assists on average (1.9 APG).
After retirement, he entered the coaching profession in 1998. He coached for the Los Angeles Sparks, Houston Takers, and Arizona Rhinos in his coaching career.
Orlando Woolridge Career Stats
|1986||New Jersey Nets||75||20.7||35.2||4.9||52.1||12.5||0.7||1.1||3.5|
|1987||New Jersey Nets||19||16.4||32.7||4.8||44.5||0.0||0.7||1.1||3.7|
|1988||Los Angeles Lakers||74||9.7||20.1||3.6||46.8||0.0||0.4||0.9||0.8|
|1989||Los Angeles Lakers||62||12.7||22.9||3.0||55.6||0.0||0.6||0.7||1.5|
Achievements and Awards
He was a member of the FIBA European Cup-winning team in 1995. He was also a lucky member of the team that won the FIBA European Cup. In the same season, he became the Italian Cup winner. In the same year, he became the Italian Cup MVP and Italian Super Cup, winner.
His favorite quote that is still motivating for the upcoming professionals in basketball is,
“I just love it when we go up in the transition game, up and down the court, Magic looking for the open guy. I get excited when we start playing like that. That’s the way I love to play.”
Orlando Woolridge’s Wife, Son, and Daughter
In 1983, Orlando Woolridge sat for the marriage with Patricia Jackson. The conjugal life of Orlando Woolridge and Patricia Jackson was blessed with three sons and one daughter. They are Renaldo Woolridge, who is a Tennessee basketball player; Royce Woolridge, who is a Kansas basketball player; and Zach Woolridge, who is a Princeton basketball player. He has a daughter named Tiana Woolridge, who plays volleyball at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Orlando Woolridge’s Death and Funeral
Suffering from heart disease for a long time, he took the last exhale of his life on May 31, 2012, in Mansfield, Louisiana. The funeral was held in the Mansfield High School gymnasium. At the time of his death, he was 52.
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