Dante Exum: Career, Family & Net Worth

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When he is playing on a court, it’s as if you’re watching a magician work his magic. Dante Exum is a professional basketball player from Australia who now plays for FC Barcelona.

He chose to abandon college and was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.

Exum was a member of the Australian men’s basketball squad that competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Dante Exum in FC Barcelona jersey
Dante Exum in FC Barcelona jersey (Source: Wikipedia)

Exum was born to American parents in Melbourne, Victoria. He was also a fan of Australian rules football as a kid.

Before graduating from high school in 2013, he was regarded as one of the most significant prospects for the 2014 NBA draft.

Quick Facts 

Here are some facts about Dante Exum before we get started.

Full Name Dante Exum
Birth Date July 13, 1995
Birth Place Melbourne, Victoria
Residence Not Available
Religion Christianity
Nationality Australian
  • Thomas Carr College
    (Melbourne, Victoria)
  • Lake Ginninderra
    (Canberra, ACT)
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Father’s Name Cecil Exum
Mother’s Name Desiree Exum
Siblings Jamaar Exum, Tierra Exum
Age 28 years old
Height 6 feet 5 inches (1.98m)
Weight 214lb (97kg)
Eye Color Not Available 
Hair Color Not Available 
Body type Not Available 
Profession Basketball Player
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Not Available 
Children None
Active since Not Available
  • Utah Jazz (2014-2019)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (2019-2021)
  • FC Barcelona (2022)
Endorsements  Not Available
Net Worth $19 million
NBA Draft  Utah Jazz (2014)
Position Guard
  • NBA G League
  • Liga ACB
  • Euro League
Social Media 
Last Update May 2024

Dante Exum: Family

Apart, Dante Exum credits his exceptional athletic ability to his parents, Cecil and Desiree Exum. Desiree was a standout athlete in high school and went to the University of North Carolina.

Cecil, his father, was a professional basketball player. He initially played collegiate basketball under legendary North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith and alongside Basketball Hall of Famers  Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

He was a member of the 1982 NCAA championship team. Jamaar, Exum’s older brother, and Tierra, his twin sister, are his siblings.

Dante Exum Family
Dante Exum  with his family (Source: slcdunk)

Cecil was recruited by the Denver Nuggets in 1984 and eventually settled in Australia, where he played for the North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers, and Geelong Supercats in the National Basketball League.

Exum is a die-hard Essendon Football Club supporter who competes in the Australian Football League. During the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, Exum wore Essendon-inspired shoes.

Both parents are now close advisors to their son, who want the family name, Exum, to be remembered worldwide. Tierra, Dante’s twin sister, and an international gymnast, is another member of the family who undertakes the same task. 

Dante Exum: Height & Weight

Exum stands 6 feet 5 inches or 1.98 meters tall, making him one of the NBA’s tallest point guards.

Moreover, he weighs around 214 lb (97 kg).

Dante Exum: Basketball Career

Amateur Career

 As a junior, he was a member of the Keilor Basketball Association, which Karish coached.  

Exum represented the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in April 2013, scoring 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists in a 112–98 triumph over the USA Junior Select Team. 

He graduated from Lake Ginninderra in October 2013 and had the option of enrolling in college during the 2013–14 season, but he declined. 

In December 2013, Exum competed for his high school in the Australian National High School Basketball Championships and helped them win the championship. 

Exum signed with Landmark Sports on January 28, 2014, and announced that he would declare for the 2014 NBA draft.

Professional Career

Utah Jazz 

The Utah Jazz took Exum with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.  

He made his NBA debut in the Jazz’s season opener against the Houston Rockets, scoring five points in 912 minutes off the bench in a 104–93 loss.  

As a starter, he led the Jazz to a 24–17 record and was chosen to compete in the 2015 NBA Rising Stars Challenge in New York during All-Star Weekend.

Dante Exum in Utah Jazz
Dante Exum in Utah Jazz (Source: Kslsports)

Exum tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee while playing for Australia in Slovenia in August 2015.

He had surgery and missed the entire 2015–16 season.

In October 2017, Exum underwent shoulder surgery.  On March 15, 2018, he made his first appearance of the season, scoring 10 points in a 116–88 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Cleveland Cavaliers 

Exum was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 24, 2019, along with two second-round choices, for Jordan Clarkson

Exum was traded to the Houston Rockets in a multi-player, four-team transaction with the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 16, 2021, in which James Harden was moved to the Brooklyn Nets.

Dante Exum in Cleveland Cavaliers
Dante Exum donning a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey (Source: ESPN)

Due to injuries, he did not play in any games for Houston during his debut season. Exum re-signed with the Rockets on September 17, 2021.


Exum signed with FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB and the Euro League on December 7, 2021. 

Barça and Dante Exum have agreed to extend the Australian defender’s contract until June 30, 2022. Exum’s current contract expired on February 28th.

Dante Exum FC Barcelona
Dante Exum with FC Barcelona (Source: sport.es)

Exum has appeared in 17 games since his debut in December 2021, 11 in the Euro league, three in the Endesa League, and three in the Copa del Rey.

National Career

Dante Exum played basketball with the Keilor Basketball Association in the city’s northern suburbs before relocating to Canberra.

When he was 15, he was the youngest player to be called up to the Boomers national team and helped Australia win a silver medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships, earning him a spot on the tournament’s All-Star Five team.

Dante Exum in national jersey
Dante in national jersey (Source: Ciba. basketball)

He competed in the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2013 with the Australian team, reaching the semi-finals.

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Dante Exum: Relationship

Exum’s admirers are eager to learn more about his personal life, including his wife, girlfriend, dating, and relationship.

However, because he has not provided any details, the 28 years old is thought to be single and unmarried.

He appears to be more concerned with his basketball career than a personal relationship. There are no rumors or recordings of his previous girlfriends or love adventures.

Even though the heartthrob is active on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, he has not published a single photo of himself with a woman presumed to be his future girlfriend or wife.

Dante Exum: Net Worth 

According to sources, Exum’s net worth is predicted to be $19 million as of 2022. His salary and several endorsements provide the majority of his net worth.

There is currently no information about Exum’s pay available. 

According to reports, Exum had an Adidas sponsorship agreement even before joining NBA. 

Dante Exum: Recognitions

Despite his challenges, Dante Exum was able to gain international recognition through his basketball career.

Dante has yet to win an award, but he is one of Australia’s best professional basketball players.

In the NBA, he became the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games, scoring in double figures 13 times and leading the team in assists 11 times.

As a starter, he led the Jazz to a 24–17 record and was chosen to compete in the 2015 NBA Rising Stars Challenge in New York during All-Star Weekend.

Social Media Presence

Dante Exum appears to be pretty active on social media, with 66.6k followers on Twitter and 158k followers on Instagram.


Is Dante Exum still in the NBA?

Exum does not play in the NBA because he has been a member of FC Barcelona. He plays in Euro League as a point guard and shooting guard.

Which high school did Dante Exum go to?

He studied at Canberra’s Lake Ginninderra Secondary College, affiliated with the Australian Institute of Sport.

He had the opinion to enroll in college, but he chose to drop that and go with the NBA.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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