Kezie Okpala Biography

December 24, 2019
First published on:December 24, 2019
by Jorge

Facts of Kezie Okpala

Age: 19 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Birth Name Chikezie "KZ" Okpala
Birth Place Orange County, California
Famous Name KZ Okpala
Birth Date April 28, 1999
Horoscope Taurus
Father Martin
Mother Mary Okpala
Salary $898,310
Past Team Phoneix Suns
Market Value p
Career Earnings 3 year / $4,198,912
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Position in Team Small forward / Power forward
Current team Miami Heat
Nationality American
Ethnicity African
Profession basketball player
Currently Working For Miami Heat
University attended University Of Stanford
School attended Esperanza High School

2019 NBA debutant, Kezie Okpala, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays as a Small forward / Power forward for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Additionally, he was first drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2019 NBA draft as a 2nd round, 32nd overall pick. 

Stanford University alumni, Kezie Okpala, was born on April 28, 1999, in Orange County, California, to Martin and Mary Okpala. Although his parents are of Nigerian descent, Kezie holds an American nationality. Likewise, Okpala belongs to the ethnic group of white and was born under the star sign, Taurus. 

Salary: $898,310

Playing only a single season in the NBA, Kezie is yet to collect money as career earnings. However, by the end of the 2018-2019 season, he is expected to collect $898,310 as career earning, which is as same as his salary.

As of 2019, he is under a three year / $4,198,912 contract with the Miami Heat, signing on JUL 7 2019. Additionally, his contract includes $4,198,912 as a guaranteed amount and an annual average salary of $1,399,637.

Contradically, in the 2019-2020 season, Okpala is expected to earn $898,310 as a base salary, while carrying a cap hit of $898,310 and a dead cap value of $898,310.

KZ Okpala with his car SOURCE: Twitter @kz_buckets

Furthermore, the highly-rated basketball player is reported to earn a higher amount of salary for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. In particular, his salary is expected to rise significantly to reach around $1,517,981 and $1,782,621, respectively. 

Reportedly, Okpala is the lowest-paid player of the Miami Heats while the players like Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic is among the highest-paid player with an annual average salary of $32,742,000 and $19,217,900 respectively.

Relationship Status: Single

The 20 years old young athlete, Kezie, is currently living a single life. Also, the news about him getting involved in love affairs or relationship in the past is not in the media yet. Besides, he is too young to be involved in a relationship, and it might be the case that he is currently focusing on his playing career rather than a romantic relationship. 

Early Life and Education

Although Keize's parents are of Nigerian descent, they settled in Orange County, California, before his birth. Additionally, he started his playing career at the age of 4 when he was just in a 4th grade. Apart from baseball, Okpala was playing football and baseball before he finally choosed basketball as his professional at the age of 11.

KZ Okpala playing for Stanford SOURCE: Twitter @kz_okpala_

As an amateur player, Keize attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California. Additionally, during his four years of High School career, his height increased significantly form 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), which helped him to grow as a basketball player.

Later, he was offered to play for the University Of Stanford in July 2016. After playing for alomst three years, Okpala declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Eventually, he was drafted by the Phoneix Sun as a 2nd round, 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.  

Professional Career

As soon as being drafted by the Phoneix Son in 2019, he was eventually traded to the Miami Heat. Later, on July 7, 2019, he was announced as a player of Miami Heat. 

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