David Andersen: Career, Net Worth & More

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David Andersen has bagged many medals, achievements, and awards as a former Australian basketball player. He played from the power forward/center position in NBA.

In 1998, he started his professional basketball career. Andersen is also known as one of the most experienced and successful players globally.

The most interesting fact about Andersen is he always used to play with players above his age. He initiated playing basketball at Frankston East Primary School.

Andersen in yellow jersey
David Andersen in the national team (Source: flickr.com)

When he was in countries like Italy, Russia, Spain, and Turkey, he won 12 league championships, including the 9 European and 3 Euro League championships. 

Let’s jump into some quick facts about David Andersen without further due.

Quick Facts

Full Name David Andersen
Known As David Emil Andersen
Birth Date 23 June 1980
Age 43 years old
Place of Birth Melbourne
Country Australia
Profession Basketball Player
Horoscope Cancer
Nationality Australian, Danish
Father’s Name Danny Andersen
Mother’s Name Mary Andersen
Siblings Stuart Andersen, Brett Andersen, Grant Andersen
High School David Andersen Junior / Senior High School
College John Paul College, Lake Ginninderra College, Australian Institute of Sport, 
Height 6 feet 11 inches (approx 2.13m)
Weight 113 kg (approx 250 lb)
Body Type Athlete
Position Forward/Centre 
Draft 1998
Marital Status Married
Spouse Nerida Andersen
Children Name Not Available
Net Worth $1-$5 Million
Salary $1.14 Million
Active Years 24 Years
Social Media Twitter, Instagram, Website
Merch Basketball Trading Card
Last Update May 2024

David Andersen | Early Life, Family & Education

David Andersen was born in Melbourne, Australia, to parents Dany Andersen (Danish) and Mary Andersen (Australian). Stuart Andersen, Brett Andersen, Grant Andersen are the names of his siblings. 

At 11, he started playing basketball and joined his local basketball association Frankston Blues. His mother and brother have coached him since he started playing basketball.  

David Andersen
David Andersen as a young-in (Source: Pickandroll.com)

His first team was Frankston Blues. After playing with his team, he led the team to win the under 12 championships as a junior. When he reached 15, he joined the senior Frankston blue men’s team.

After playing with Frankston, he got the opportunity to join the Australian Institute of Sports Basketball Development Program. Furthermore, he moved to Canberra and partnered with AIS. 

He joined the Ginninderra Secondary College. In addition, Andersen played some games for AIS from 1996-to 1998 and got the reward of  Australian Junior Male Basketballer of the Year. 

David Andersen | Professional Career

He has played many games for the different countries’ leagues and NBA teams during his career from 1998-to 2021.

Australia & Italy 

After playing from the college, Andersen first signed with Wollongong Hawks in 1998-1999. It was also a part of the Australian National Basketball League.

He scored an average of 6.2 points and four rebounds per game. In 1999, he left the hawks and signed with Kinder Bologna of the Italian League. He signed a multi-year deal and helped Bologna win the Italian Cup. 

Andersen was nominated for the LBA All-Star Game. But unfortunately, the club went into bankruptcy, and he had to force himself to leave Bologna.

In June 2002, he got an overall pick of 37th in the 2002 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Montepaschi Siena was the next team where he signed a deal for the season of 2003-2004. 

Moreover, he contributed a great play to the team and made the team qualify for the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time.


In 2004, Andersen went to Russia and signed a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Basketball Super League. He was also named to the first team of the All-Euro League. 

But sadly, he had to face the dislocated ankle injury, fibula fractured and went to his home country Australia for Surgery in 2005-2006.

Specialist treatment and rehabilitation helped him recover fast, and he again went to Moscow to re-sign a deal with CSKA Moscow. This time, he helped the team win the Russian Super League and Euro League championship in 2007-2008. 

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David Andersen signed a deal with Spanish Liga ACB, FC Barcelona, in June 2008. He helped his team win the 2008-2009 ACB season championship.


After playing in various country leagues, he decided to play for the NBA teams for two years. 

On 14 July 2009, he was first drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. Later, the Hawks traded him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for future drafts and cash considerations and signed a multi-year deal with the Rockets.

Andersen playing for Rockets
An Australian former player, David Andersen (Source: nbastraya.com)

He scored 19 points for international teams against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning over 101-91.

Similarly, on 28 July 2010, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for a short period. New Orleans Hornets was his next team, where he got traded along with Marcus Banks and Jarrett Jack on 28 November 2010.

Then he returns to other countries to continue his career.

Italy & Turkey 

In Italy, David Andersen signed with Montepaschi Siena for a season contract of three years. He played some games and contributed his score to the team.

In August 2012, he got a massive buyout of 800,000 pounds and signed a contract with Fenerbahce of the Turkish Super League. At the end of 2013, he left the Fenerbahce team. 

France & Australia 

Andersen played many games with different teams and spent seven years in France and Australia.

In 2013-2014, he signed with SIG Strasbourg, and ASVEL Basket of the French LNB Pro A. ASVEL Basket was very grateful to Andersen for winning the championship of 2015-2016.

On 16 July 2016, he signed a two-year deal with Melbourne United and was named the team’s captain. But sadly, he again faced a knee injury for six weeks. 

Later Andersen helped united to win the championship against Adelaide 36ers and became the oldest player to win the NBL championship for the first time.

Between 2018-2021, he played for different teams and won many championships. Then he announced his retirement after playing 22 league/cup championships and 23 professional seasons. 

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National Team Career

Apart from the international seasons and leagues, he also represented his country many times. He played at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in 1998 and was voted the most valuable tournament player.

He traveled to Portugal and Japan to play the tournament of FIBA Under-19 and the FIBA Under-21 championships for Junior Men.

In the off-season of 2003, he was selected by the Australian Boomers to play in the team and secured a place in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Moreover, he participated in the 2005 and 2007 FIBA Oceania Championship and won gold medals representing Australia. But unfortunately, he had to miss the 2012 London Olympics due to injury. 

David Andersen averaged a score of 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists when he played for the Boomers in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. In addition, he took the Boomer for the fourth straight time in the finals in 2016. 

Post Playing Career

Andersen is now working for the National Basketball League and taking care of Player Liaison and special projects. He announced his retirement as a basketball player in October 2021.

Career Highlights 

Andersen has played many seasons during his career. Here are some awards which he achieved in this career. 

  • Albert Schweiter Tournament MVP (1998)
  • French League All-Star Game (2016)
  • Turkish Cup Final MVP (2013)
  • 3x Russian Cup winner (2005-2007)
  • 4x Russian League champion (2005-2008)
  • Italian League Finals MVP (2004)
  • 3x Italian Cup winner (2001, 2002, 2012)
  • 3x Italian League champion (2001, 2004, 2012)
  • 2x NBL champion (2018-2021)
  • All-Euroleague First Team (2005)


  • 2003 Australia
  • 2005 New Zealand
  • 2007 Australia
  • 2013 NZ & Australia
  • 2017 Lebanon

Career History

Below are some of the list of teams that he played as a team during his career 

National Teams

  • Australian Institute of Sport (1996-1998)
  • Virtus Bologna (1999-2003)
  • Montepaschi Siena (2003-2004)
  • CSKA Moscow (2004-2008)
  • FC Barcelona (2008-2009)
  • Melbourne United (2016-2018)
  • Illawarra Hawks (2018-2020)
  • Frankston Blues (1995, 2021)

International Teams

  • Houston Rockets (2009-2010)
  • Toronto Raptors (2010)
  • New Orleans Hornets (2010-2011)


One of the former basketball players, David Andersen, had to face many obstacles during his career.

In 2005-2006 he faced a dislocated ankle injury fibula fractured when playing in Russia. He had another knee damage in 2016 when playing for Melbourne United.

Moreover, Andersen was compelled to miss the game of the 2012 London Olympics due to a minor injury. He faced three injuries during his career. 

Age, Height & Weight

David Andersen was born in Australia on 23 June 1980, and now he is 43 years old.

Being an athlete, he has a massive height of 6 feet 11 inches (approx 2.13m).

Moreover, by following the proper health precautions and a good diet, his body weighs 113 kg (approx 250 lbs).

David Andersen | Net Worth & Salary

Andersen is one of the most famous former basketball players in the world. He is also the wealthiest player.

According to the different sources, his net worth is around $1-$5 million. Since he has represented many national, international, and league teams, he has earned a salary of $4 million.

On the other hand, Andersen also has secondary earnings in his shoe business of Yeezy sneakers. Every year he also talked about his business and became one of the sources of earning money. 

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Marriage & Kids

Andersen is the son of Dany Andersen and Mary Andersen. Besides that, he is married to his lovely wife, Nerida Andersen. He is the father of one son.

David and his wife
David Andersen with his wife (Source:cskabasket.com)

Unfortunately, he hasn’t shared anything regarding his personal life and relationships on the internet. 

Social Media Presence 

An Australian-Danish player is also ranked in the list of celebrities born in Australia. However, being listed in the celebrities list, he doesn’t have many followers on his social accounts.

He has a Twitter account with a fan following of 5.7k and 3.5k on Instagram. Most of the posts he shared are related to his career on Instagram. Andersen likes to keep everything updated to his fans on Twitter.

Apart from his social accounts, he also has his website, where he shares the latest basketball news, Q & A, articles, and his biography. 


What is the advantage for David Andersen during his basketball career?

David Andersen started playing basketball when he was five years old. He used to play with one of his brothers Stuart and his mother was always there to motivate him. One of the most significant advantages was his height, and he liked to play a year above his age.

What is the jersey number of David Andersen?

Some of the international jersey numbers he wore during his career were 13 for Rockets, Raptors, and 11 for Hornets.

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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