A Canadian-born basketball player A.J. Lawson plays on a two-way contract with Dallas Mavericks (2022- now). He went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft, yet, it didn’t diminish his dedication to play in the major league.
Throughout these years, he saw volatile contracts & was waived three times in two years (twice by the Timberwolves & once by the Hawks).
The basketball shooting guard has played for both NBA & its G-league affiliate teams.
On November 16, 2022, A.J. Lawson made his NBA debut in the 2022-23 season as the Timberwolves player in a game against Orlando Magic.
Despite playing a crucial role in the Canadian national team, Lawson is yet to make a significant impact in the NBA.
But his impressive games in the NBA G-league could prove his worthiness in the coming days.
While playing for Skyhawks in the 2021-22 season of the G-league, he scored his season-high 25 points. Then in the 2022 Showcase Cup of the NBA G-league, Lawson managed to get his career-high 32 points against Raptors 905 on December 16, 2022.
This article covers everything you need to know about A.J Lawson- from his family to NBA contracts & relationships.
|Full Name||Anthony Randolph Lawson|
|Known As||A.J. Lawson|
|Birthdate||July 15, 2000|
|Age||23 Years Old|
|Father’s Name||Anthony Lawson|
|Mother’s Name||Kathleen Parchment|
|Height||6 feet 6 inches/ 1.98 m/ 198 cm|
|Profession||Professional Basketball Player|
|NBA Draft||Undrafted (2021 NBA Draft)|
|Awards & Achievements||
|Playing Career||2021- Present|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||November 2023|
Where Was A.J. Lawson Born? Early Life & Parents?
Lawson was born on July 15, 2000, to Anthony Lawson and Kathleen Parchment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His birth name is Anthony Randolph Lawson.
He has a sister named Keisha, whose birthday falls on April 15, but further detail on her is not out.
The basketball player’s father is a former US Air Force who served during the 1980s.
Even if A.J. Lawson may have kept his family detail under wraps, their love & admiration for him can’t go unnoticed.
Both his parents are avid supporters & often seem to Tweet about their son’s achievements on their respective Twitter accounts.
Ever since he was four years old, his father Anthony put a basketball in his hand, which has remained attached to him ever since.
According to Lawson, his parents introduced him to the game and voyaged with him throughout his journey.
Age, Height & Body Measurements
The black-haired & brown-eyed basketball player is 23 years old. He stands 1.98 m tall & weighs 179 lbs.
With an athletic build, A.J. Lawson has a standing reach of 8 feet 3 inches (2.51 m) and a wingspan of 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m).
Attended University Of South Carolina
A.J. Lawson went to St. Marguerite d’Youville and GTA Prep for his high school studies.
While at GTA Prep, he led the team to NPA Championship, where they finished second & was named National Preparatory Association First Team All-Star.
In mid-2018, Anthony committed to University of South Carolina & enrolled on July 1 of that year.
He chose to play his collegiate basketball with South Carolina Gamecocks because of the relationship he built with coach Frank and their coaching staff. Also, his dad’s family was from there.
As reported, Lawson’s father, Anthony, was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina in the 1980s.
With the Gamecocks, A.J. Lawson played for three seasons (2018-21) & averaged 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists & 1.2 steals per game.
Forgoing his senior year, he declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.
NBA Career & G-League Journey
Anthony Randolph Lawson went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29, 2021.
So, the NBA Summer League (2021) would be his entry ticket to NBA, where he played for Atlanta Hawks.
Then on August 18, 2021, he signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Hawks but only to get waived on October 7.
Later, Lawson became an affiliate player for G-league’s College Park Skyhawks for the 2021-22 season on October 25, 2022. After that, it would see him a series of signings & waivers:
|April 26, 2022||Signed with the Guelph Nighthawks of the CEBL (Canadian Elite Basketball League)|
|July 26, 2022||Signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Iowa Wolves|
|October 15, 2022||The Minnesota Timberwolves ended the two-way contract of A.J. Lawson|
|October 22, 2022||A.J. Lawson returned to the College Park Skyhawks|
|November 16, 2022||Lawson signed another two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Iowa Wolves|
|December 7, 2022||The Timberwolves again ended the two-way contract of Lawson|
On December 26, 2022, he landed a two-way contract with Dallas Mavericks & splits his time between the Mavs & its G-league affiliate, Texas Legends.
Lawson made his NBA debut in a 126-108 victory against Orlando Magic on November 16, 2022.
On January 21, 2023, he scored his NBA G-league’s regular season-high 28 points in a victory against Oklahoma City Blue.
Canadian National Team
Aside from NBA, Lawson has played internationally, too; he represented Canada in different divisions: U-19 and Canada’s senior men’s national team.
Lawson began his journey in seventh grade with Canada Basketball by joining the Junior Academy program.
In 2018, Lawson scored 20 points against Ecuador at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship. He led his team to the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship final, where they lost to the United States.
A year later, Lawson represented Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece in the summer of 2019. He averaged a team-best 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, including a tournament-high 31 points against Senegal.
He made his senior debut in the first round of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 America Qualifiers .
Net Worth & Contracts Of A.J. Lawson
A.J. Lawson has an estimated net worth between $300k-$500k as of 2023.
He is sponsored by Winnersonlyclub, a clothing brand which he promotes on his social media.
On an Exhibit 10 contract, A.J Lawson agreed to a one-year annual salary of $925k with the Atlanta Hawks, but only to see a waiver on October 7, 2021.
The Exhibit 10 contract allows the team to offer minimum salary for one year and potentially convert the contract to a two-way contract, provided that they make this change before the beginning of the regular season.
Lawson was signed and then waived off by Minnesota Timberwolves two times.
The players who play in the NBA League have a minimum annual salary of $1 million. The average salary of players signing a two-way contract would be half of it, so Lawson’s salary must be around 500k.
If he is not presented with an extension, he will become a restricted free agent (RFA) following the 2023-24 season, and the Mavericks have the option to match his qualifying offer of $2.15 million.
Relationship & Social Media Presence
Fans are curious to know whether the NBA player is currently single or in a relationship.
As of November 2023, no public information is available about A.J. Lawson’s dating history or current relationship status.
Therefore, many online sources assume that he is currently single. Though fans also have their own theory of the secret relationship of the basketball player that he keeps away from the media.
Lawson is solely focusing on his career and spends most of his time in the games and trainings.
The Dallas Mavericks shooting guard is quite active on Instagram and Twitter.
As of this writing, A.J. Lawson has a fan-following of 22.5k on Instagram and 4k on Twitter. His social media platforms primarily feature snapshots of games, training, and match reels.
The above graph indicates his search interest for the past twelve months.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is A.J. Lawson and Ty Lawson related?
No, they are not related to each other.
Who is A.J. Lawson's agent?
A.J. Lawson's agent is Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports and Entertainment.
Who is Lawson's favorite athlete?
His favorite athlete is Lebron James.