Christian Braun Bio: Early Life & NBA

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With every dribble and every shot, Christian Braun is quickly becoming a rising sensation as a shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets in NBA.

Christian is destined to be a basketball star. It’s no surprise that he’s excelling in basketball, as it’s a passion that runs in his family. He was named Mr. Kansas Basketball and Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year during high school.

Braun was well known as a top college basketball player at the University of Kansas and is on his journey to make it big in the NBA. So, who is this young, rising NBA star? Let’s delve deeper into his story.

Christian Braun For Denver
Christian Braun For Denver (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Furthermore, this article will explore Christian Braun‘s early life, net worth, and personal life. But let’s quickly take a glance at his quick facts.

Quick Facts

Name Christian Braun
Full Name  Christian Nicholas Braun
Nick Name Braun
Date of Birth April 17, 2001
Age 23 Years Old
Birth Place Burlington, Kansas
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac Sign Aries
Height 6 ft 6 in/1.98 m/198 cm
Weight 210 lb/95 kg
Hair Color Dark brown
Eye Color Dark brown
Father’s Name Donny Braun
Mother’s Name Lisa Braun (formerly Lisa Sandbothe)
Uncle’s Name Mike Sandbothe
Aunt’s Name Lori Sandbothe
Siblings Two: Parker and Landon Braun
High School Blue Valley Northwest High School
Education Communication Studies
University University of Kansas
Marital Status Single
Wife Not available
Children Not available
Profession Basketball Player
Position Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Leagues NBA
NBA Draft 1st round, 21st pick by Denver Nuggets
Debut Year 2022
Playing Teams Denver Nuggets (2022 – present)
Jersey Number 0 (Denver Nuggets)
Awards and achievements
  • NCAA champion (2022)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2022)
  • Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2020)
  • Mr. Kansas Basketball (2019)
  • Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year (2019)
Net Worth Estimated $1 – $5 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Rookie Card
Last Update May 2024

Early Life & Education

Christian Nicholas Braun was born to parents Lisa and Donny Braun on April 17, 2001, in Burlington, Kansas. He has two brothers, Parker and Landon.

Braun was born and raised in a family with a passion for basketball; no wonder he became a basketball player.

His mother, formerly Lisa Sandbothe, was a three-time All-Big Eight Conference selection during her time at Missouri from 1987-1991.

Christian Braun BVNW Huskies
Christian Braun For The BVNW Huskies (Source: Instagram)

Similarly, his father, Donny, was also a former Kansas walk-on before transferring to Saint Louis. His uncle Mike Sandbothe and aunt Lori Sandbothe were also basketball players at Missouri University.

Braun pursued basketball following his family’s footsteps, and his brother, Parker, played basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Furthermore, he attended Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, and after graduation, he went on to study communication studies at the University of Kansas.

Age, Height & Weight

Christian Braun was born in April 2001, which makes him 23 years old. 

Braun was born in Burlington, Kansas, U.S., and identifies as an American of white ethnicity.

It’s safe to say that Christian was destined for basketball, given his impressive height. He stands at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters) and weighs around 210 pounds (95 kg).

Early Career

Braun’s basketball career began to take shape in high school when he was named the Kansas Gatorade and Mr. Kansas Basketball Player of the Year in his senior year.

The recognition was so significant that the school declared April 4, 2022, Christian Braun Day.

He then played college basketball at the University of Kansas, one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the United States.

He chose Kansas over offers from other universities, including Kansas State, Illinois, and Missouri.

Christian Braun playing for University of Kansas
Christian Braun Playing for the University of Kansas (Source: Rock Chalk Talk)

In his first year, Christian showed exceptional skill helping Kansas secure second place in the Big 12 conference—no wonder he was named to the Second Team All-Big 12 as a junior.

However, the main highlight of Christian Braun’s college basketball career came during the 2022 NCAA tournament, where he became the only 65th player to reach 1,000 points for Kansas.

Professional Career

On April 24, 2022, Braun declared for the 2022 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility.

The Denver Nuggets picked him with the 21st overall pick. He is playing for the same team after making his NBA debut on December 20, 2022.

Barely one minute into the Nuggets’ Summer League debut, Braun made clear why Nuggets deemed him worthy of their initial first-round pick.

The Nuggets locked up a defensive rebound, and as two-way guard Gillespie sped up the floor, Braun took off running into space.

Collin lofted a pass over a Timberwolves defender from well beyond the 3-point line, and Braun rose, caught the pass at its peak, and hammered a two-handed alley-oop for his first basket as a pro.

NBA player Christian Bruan playing for Denver Nuggets
NBA Player Christian Bruan Playing for Denver Nuggets (Source: USA Today)

Braun has undoubtedly made his dream a reality, playing alongside the likes of NBA star Nikola Jokić.

Being a rookie, his professional career is yet to take off, but based on his current stats, Braun is likely a rising star in NBA.

Awards & Achievements

Braun’s impressive high school and college basketball career have earned him several awards and accolades, including the following awards:

  • NCAA champion (2022)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2022)
  • Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2020)
  • Mr. Kansas Basketball (2019)
  • Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year (2019)

Wife & Children

Currently, there is no information about Christian Braun’s wife or girlfriend.

The basketball player is likely single, prioritizing his profession over his personal life. However, we will keep you informed if we get any updates.

Braun’s Fashion Brand

Besides his love for basketball, Christian Braun has a keen eye for fashion, launching his fashion line called “THE CB2 Collection.”

The brand features clothing, hats, and accessories with Braun’s logo and slogans like “Rock Chalk Shooter” and “Tougher Than Most.”

Christian worked on the brand for about six months, hoping it would help him build his personal brand and connect with fans.

Net Worth & Salary of Christian Braun

Christian Braun’s net worth is estimated to be anywhere between $1 – $5 million.

According to sportrac, he signed a 4-year, $13,769,157 contract with the Denver Nuggets, with $5,757,720 guaranteed and an average annual salary of $3,442,289.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) 

What position does Christian Braun play?

Christian Braun is a shooting guard/small forward.

Has Christian Braun won any major awards in college basketball?

Yes, Braun was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2020 and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2021 in his college.

Did Christian Braun graduate?

No, he forwent his senior year in university to play in the NBA. Currently, he is not a University graduate as he is focusing on his NBA career than graduating from the university.

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