David Lee

Quick Facts

Full Name David Lee
Date of Birth April 29, 1983
Birth Place St. Louis, Missouri, the USA
Nick Name White Chris Webber “WCW”
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign  Libra
Age 39 years old
Height 2.06 m (6 feet 9 inches)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Hair Color Light brown
Eye Color Blue
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Gary Lee
Mother’s Name Susan Lee
Siblings Not available
Food Habit Non-vegetarian
  • John Burroughs School (Ladue, Missouri)
  • Chaminade College Prep School (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Wife’s name Caroline Wozniacki
Kids One (Olivia Lee)
Profession Basketball player
NBA Draft 2005 / Round: 1 / 30th pick overall
Position Power forward / Center
League  National Basketball Association (NBA)
Active Years (2005 – 2017)
Net Worth $40 – $65 million
Currently Plays For None/ Retired
Jersey Numbers 42, 10
Social Media  InstagramTwitter
Merch Basketball Trading Card
Last Update August 2022

David Lee is a retired NBA basketball player of American descent who played for roughly twelve seasons. Before retiring in 2017, he had played for five different teams and had once won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors.

When looking at his professional career as a whole, his NBA campaign might be viewed as a big success. Along with his championship victory, the NBA again in 2010 and 2013 chose him for the All-Star Game.

Lee was a skilled athlete who understood well well that perfection could not exist but thought that one should constantly work toward reaching it. Because of his constant desire to do better, he ultimately emerged as one of the best.

Although he struggled at first as he adjusted from playing in college to league, he eventually gained momentum and continued to perform admirably until the very end.

Nevertheless, David continued to be one of the potential all-arounders who spent the majority of his career playing in the NBA. In addition to basketball, Lee also made a number of cameos in TV shows like Lipstick Jungle, NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, and others.

Childhood, Family, and Education

David Lee was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 29, 1983. His parents are Gary (the father) and Susan Lee (Mother).

Lee began his education at a neighborhood school close to his home in St. Louis, where he excelled in the classroom. He was born into a wealthy family and never experienced any lack as a child.

David Lee with his father, Gary (Source: Instagram)

Desmond Lee, his grandpa, was a retired World War II soldier who founded a sizable business called Lee-Rowan Company with a fortune in the millions. His family therefore had a positive influence in the city where he lived.

Desmond made time for his grandchildren despite his hectic career. He used to share with him tales of the war and other topics like business, perseverance, and dedication.

People in St. Missouri thought David would take over his family’s business because he was born with advantages. He did, though, have a personal passion.

In addition to being a businessman, Gary, his father, was an assistant coach at Chaminade College Prep School. Additionally, his grandfather participated in athletics as a student at Washington University.

So perhaps as a result of their influence, he developed a passion for basketball and quickly improved. Given his family history, his coach at the school frequently questioned if he would follow such a vocation.

However, Lee did not want to rely on his advantages, so he continued with his education and his athletic endeavors to mold his life. In 2001, he completed his schooling at Chaminade Prep and enrolled in the University of Florida.

How did David Lee Start Basketball Career

For the Chaminade Preparatory High School in Missouri, David Lee participated in high school basketball. Playing basketball for the John Burroughs School and the St. Louis Eagles AAU squad had already given him a lot of experience.

David’s high school coach Kelvin Lee initially had doubts about his abilities, but since his freshman year, David has established himself as a capable power forward. His height enabled him to outshine his rivals and rack up big points.

However, Lee’s performance on the back end of the floor throughout his school years was significantly better than that of his teammates. He was also ambidextrous, which was helpful when making rapid passes.

David earned a spot on the first-team Parade All-American in 2001 for his success during his senior season, which also earned him a spot in the McDonald’s All-American Game. He also triumphed in the Slam Dunk contest that year.

College Career

When David was a senior in high school, he started getting scholarship offers from many colleges, including Florida, Duke, Kentucky, Illinois, etc. He finally made up his mind to attend the University of Florida and verbally committed on September 1, 2000.

Billy Donovan, the head coach of the Gators, immediately saw his talent and noted that he was one of just a handful of rookies with elite-level rebounding abilities.

He averaged 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to conclude the inaugural season. Nevertheless, he improved season after season, and in his senior year, he led all rebounders, as Donovan had previously stated.

In his final college season, Lee averaged 13.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He guided the Gators to their first-ever SEC title victory in the 2005 SEC Basketball Tournament.

David Lee in the Knicks jersey (Source: Daily Knicks)

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Professional Career

As the 30th overall choice in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks chose Lee. The Knicks were going through a rough patch when Lee was selected, and every member on the club faced formidable obstacles.

The Knicks initially prioritized Channing Frye above Lee, but as Frye withdrew to rest due to injury, the Knicks were forced to offer Lee additional opportunities.

In contrast to expectations, Lee struggled in every aspect of the game with the exception of rebounding. He ended his rookie NBA campaign with a 5.1 point and 4.5 rebound average.

However, his success throughout the course of the following four seasons with the Knicks prepared him for an outstanding NBA career. He missed a lot of games in the second season, yet his performances did not suffer in the least.

David earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game in 2009–10 with an average of 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He was transferred by the Knicks to the Golden State Warriors after that campaign, and on July 9, 2010, the two sides agreed to a new contract.

But he routinely missed a lot of games because of injury. He won the NBA title in 2015 despite missing half of the 2014–15 campaign with the Warriors.

After leaving the Golden State Warriors, David Lee continued to play in the NBA for two more seasons. On November 19, 2017, he made his retirement announcement as his injuries got worse. When he retired, he was playing for the San Antonio Spurs.

Awards & Achievements

Some of his awards and achievements include:

  • NBA champion (2015)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2013)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2001)
  • NBA All-Star (2010, 2013)
  • Mr. Show-Me Basketball (2001)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2001)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2004, 2005)

How was the Networth Value of David?

David Lee, one of the highest paid athletes of his era, has a net worth between $40 million and $65 million.

Despite coming from a wealthy family, he built his own life and made millions from his basketball career. He was selected by the New York Knicks in the 2005 draft, and they gave him about $860k for his rookie campaign.

The Knicks increased Lee’s pay to $7 million by the end of his time with them as a result of his improved play over the course of the following few seasons while he was still playing for them. Up until 2010, he earned about $11 million while playing for the Knicks.

Second, he spent the majority of his NBA career playing for the Golden State Warriors, where he earned the most money, from the 2010–11 season through 2015. His earnings from the Warriors’ games totaled about $52 million.

He also earned additional money while playing for other teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Boston Celtics.

His NBA career brought in roughly $95 million for him. On hoopshype.com, you can read more about his salary information.

What is the Relationship status of David Lee?

Caroline Wozniacki, a former professional tennis player from Denmark, is wed to David Lee. She and Lee first connected in 2015 at a dinner gathering in the US where a mutual friend put them in touch.

Lee and Wozniacki knew each other very well, but not personally, as they were both major celebrities. Following that, they kept in touch and quickly grew close.

In 2015, Lee entered Wozniacki’s life at precisely the right time and offered her firm support as she was recovering from her previous relationship with North Irish golfer Rory Mcllroy.

She told her fans on social media that she was dating Lee on Valentine’s Day of 2017 by posting about it. They eventually got married on June 16, 2019, after dating for roughly two years.

David Lee and Caroline with their newborn daughter, Olivia, in 2021 (Source: WTA)

David got married in Tuscany, Italy, and invited many well-known figures, including Jesse Palmer, Harrison Barnes, and others. Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, and other tennis players were among the friends who served as Carolina’s bridesmaids.

Wozniacki, who is ranked fifth among all-time prize money winners, is regarded as one of the top tennis players of the modern era. In the early 2010s, she held the top spot in the world rankings for about 71 weeks.

However, now that both the husband and the wife have ended their playing careers, they are content in their Fisher Island home with their daughter. On June 11, 2021, their daughter Olivia was born.

What is the Physical Measurement of David?

David Lee will be 39 years old in 2022.

He is about 245 lb (111 kg) in weight and stands 2.06 meters (6 feet 9 inches) tall.

Social Media

@davidlee on Instagram

Tweeting as @Dlee042

 Interesting Facts

  • David Lee was naturally a left-hander, but he learned to play with his right hand after injuring his left arm during his sophomore season in high school.
  • He was initially interested in tennis and played it eagerly until he was twelve.
  • Lee’s grandfather, Desmond, whom he called “Desi,” was a renowned philanthropist who had contributed money worth $70 million for various causes before his death at age 92.

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