DeAndre’ Bembry: NBA Journey, Family Tragedy & Contracts

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DeAndre’ Pierre’ Bembry is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Bucks waived him following his injury on his right knee.

“Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.” DeAndre’ Bembry has lived a very sloppy life, with disastrous events, one after another.

He had to lose his younger brother, with whom he had always dreamt of playing in the NBA.

DeAndre' Bembry During His Time With The Bucks
DeAndre’ Bembry During His Time With The Bucks (Source: Twitter)

Before his NBA journey began, Bembry played basketball at Rocky River High School, St. Patrick High School, and Saint Joseph’s University.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted him in the 2016 NBA draft as the 21st overall pick. He also played for the G-League teams, Salt Lake City Stars and Erie BayHawks.

Besides, he has also played for the Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.

Now, we will be talking about DeAndre’ Bembry’s personal and professional life.

Quick Facts

Full name DeAndre’ Pierre’ Bembry
Known as Deandre Bembry
Birthdate July 4, 1994
Birthplace Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Horoscope Cancer
Age 29 Years Old
Father’s name Not Known
Mother’s name Essence Bembry
Brother Adrian Potts (deceased)
Education Rocky River High School, Mint Hill, North Carolina

St. Patrick High School

St. Joseph’s University

Marital status Unmarried
Relationship status Not known
Children None
Height 6’5″/1.96 m/196 cm
Weight 95 kg/210 lb.
Body type Athletic
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Profession Basketball player
Current Affiliations National Basketball Association (NBA)
NBA Debut October 27, 2016
Teams Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks
Salary $601,867 (with the Bucks)
Net worth $3 million
Awards and Honors Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2016)

Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (20160

Robert V. Geasey Trophy Winner (2016)

Twice: First-team All-Atlantic 10 (2015 and 2016)

Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team (2016)

Social media Instagram
Merch Cards
Last Update May 2024

Early Life And Family

DeAndre’ Bembry was born to his father and mother, Essence Bembry, on July 4, 1994, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

DeAndre’ grew up with his younger half-brother, Adrian Pott. They shared the same mother. 

Deandre With His Brother, Adrian
Deandre With His Brother, Adrian (Source: Twitter)

DeAndre and Adrian were not just brothers but best friends. Unfortunately, Adrian was shot and killed outside of an apartment in Charlotte. Reportedly, Adrian was trying to break up a fight.

There is not a single day in Bembry’s life that goes by without reminiscing about his little brother.

In his little brother’s honor, DeAndre wears jersey number 95, the year Adrian was born.

Bembry’s Family Tragedy

Deandre and Adrian grew up in the Beatties Ford Road area of Charlotte. This area was ranked No. 1 in Charlotte regarding violent crimes in 2014.

The two brothers lived in a sketchy neighborhood, but their mother did anything and everything to make them comfortable.

DeAndre had just earned a basketball scholarship at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. The family had started living separately, but Potts often visited his elder brother at his campus.

Essence Bembry got a phone call at about 2 a.m. on June 10, 2016, from her younger one’s father, Rodney Potts. Rodney gave her the news that Adrian was shot and killed near the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus.

Adrian’s family says it was the wrong place at the wrong time kind of thing. In fact, the twenty years old was attempting to be a peacemaker.

Along with him, three other people were shot and wounded. However, Adrian was the only one to lose his life.

It was not the end of tragedies. DeAndre’ Bembry’s cousin, Hezikah Kelly, also passed in an accidental shooting in 2017. The professional basketball player was close to his cousin, whose demise left him grieving.

Tattoos And Philanthropy

Bembry has tattoos on his left arm dedicated to his late brother and cousin. He not only had the portrays of them inked on his skin, but he also started indulging himself in the stuff they liked.

For instance, Bembry, a picky eater, started loving the salads that his little brother ate and mushrooms that his cousin was fond of for the first time in his life.

DeAndre' Bembry's Tattoo
DeAndre’ Bembry’s Tattoo (Source: Twitter)

Moreover, Essence and DeAndre’ established AP World, a charitable organization, in 2017, aiming to address gun violence-related issues.

The foundation was initiated with empathetic feelings for families that have to go through similar situations. It first started in a basketball camp and community event in Charlotte.

Since then, it has expanded, trying to prevent such incidents with education initiatives in inner-city neighborhoods like the Beatties Ford Road area, where DeAndre and Adrian grew up.

Age, Height, And Appearances

The professional basketball player was born with sun-sign Cancer in 1994, which makes him 29 years old.

The people under the Cancer sun sign are believed to be sensitive, compassionate, and self-protective at the same time.

Bembry has an impressive height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and weighs around 95 kg (210 pounds).

When talking about his physical features, he possesses dark brown eyes and black hair.

High School & College Career

Bembry first went to Rocky River High School, Mint Hill, North Carolina, and later transferred to St. Patrick High School.

He played basketball for St. Patrick high school team and averaged 21.8 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior. His impressive performance earned him a New Jersey All-State First Team selection, and he was named the 2013 Union County Player of the Year.     

After high school, Bembry went to St. Joseph University and helped his team advance to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008 by winning the conference championship.

DeAndre' Bembry During His Collegiate Career
DeAndre’ Bembry During His Collegiate Career (Source: Bleacher Report)

Bembry won the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year in his freshman year. After missing four senior players, he led the team in scoring (17.7), rebounds (7.7), assists (3.6), and steals (1.9) in his sophomore season.

Simultaneously, he was named to the Atlantic-10’s All-Conference First Team in his sophomore and junior years. He was also honored with the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year award.

In his junior year, he contributed to leading the Hawks to a second NCAA berth in 3 years. In the conference title game against VCU, Bembry recorded 30 points on an efficient 13 for 16 shooting.

In the NCAA berth, the Hawks defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round before losing to the Oregon Ducks in the Round of 32.

Professional Basketball Career

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Bembry with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft on June 23, 2016.

After signing a rookie scale contract, he made his NBA debut and recorded 2 points and 1 rebound in a 114-99 season-opening win over the Washington Wizards on October 27, 2016.

DeAndre-Bembry
DeAndre’ Bembry

During the rookie season, Bembry had multiple assignments with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League under the flexible assignment rule.

The professional athlete sustained a strained right triceps and was ruled out for four-to-six weeks.

He was again ruled out for a month after suffering from a left adductor strain on January 5, 2018.

Bembry recorded a then career-high 16 rebounds in 29 minutes in a 111–104 win over the Dallas Mavericks on October 24, 2018.

He played for less than 900 minutes in the NBA matches for Atlanta Hawks until the 2019 season, his third year as an NBA player.

The young and talented player signed a two-year contract with Toronto Raptors worth $4 million. However, after less than a year with the Raptors, he was waived on August 3, 2021.

Soon after the waiver, Bembry signed with the Brooklyn Nets on August 8, 2021. His then career-high 18 points came in a 113-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

After being waived by the Nets on February 10, the Milwaukee Bucks signed the small forward on February 16, 2022.

In a 109-122 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Bembry sustained a right knee injury which was later diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL, resulting in him missing the rest of the season. The Bucks waived him on April 7, 2022.

Stats

Year Team GP Min Pts FG% 3pt% Reb Ast Stl Blk
2021-22 Nets 48 19.8 5.8 56.8 41.7 3.2 1.3 1.0 0.5
2021-22 Bucks 8 9.6 0.8 37.5 1.4 0.8 0.3 0.0
Career   296 19.2 5.9 47.4 28.3 3.2 1.8 1.0 0.4

Awards And Achievement

Bembry has been able to gain name and fame in a short period of time. Likewise, he has accumulated various awards and achievements in his ongoing basketball career.

Here are some of the awards and career achievements of Bembry.

  • AP Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2016)
  • Robert V. Geasey Trophy winner (2016)
  • 2× First-team All-Atlantic 10 (2015, 2016)
  • Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team (2016)

Net Worth And Salary

Being an active professional player since 2016, Bembry has made quite a fortune. In this short period, he has earned a lot of name and fame through his basketball skills.

DeAndre’ Bembry’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million as of 2024.

In his NBA career so far, he has reportedly earned a total of $11,421,195 playing for different teams.

Bembry started his NBA journey by signing a 4-year contract worth $7,305,582 with the Atlanta Hawks, including $7,305,582 guaranteed and an average salary of $1,826,396 annually.

Similarly, the shooting guard signed a two-year contract with Toronto Raptors worth $3.7 million and later a year/$1.94 million deal with the Nets.

At present, the basketball player is enjoying a luxurious life. Unfortunately, the information about his personal assets, like the mansion and car, is unavailable at the moment.

Social Media Presence

Bembry often makes time to post on his social media handles. He communicates with his fans and updates them about his life and whereabouts. Most of his social media feeds are related to his professional career highlights.

You can find him on Instagram under the handle @fearthefro95.

Instagram: 67.2k followers

Popularity

Starting his NBA journey in 2016, he has continuously gained popularity.

DeAndre' Bembry's Popularity Graph
DeAndre’ Bembry’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph illustrates the fluctuating popularity of DeAndre Bembry based on Google searches in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happened to DeAndre’ after his brother’s death?

Adrian Pott's demise was very tragic for DeAndre' and his mother, Essence Bembry. Bembry’s agent, Adam Pensack, informed that about five workouts with NBA teams were dismissed for his client, Bembry, because of his brother's death. Bembry was not in the right mental state to initiate any big move. He worked out with the Chicago Bulls, who later drafted Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in 2016. Also, a workout for the Indiana Pacers was dismissed, and the Pacers drafted a shooting guard Caris LeVert with the 20th pick. Further, a workout with the Toronto Raptors, owners of the ninth and 28th picks, was also dismissed.

Which college did DeAndre’ Bembry go to?

DeAndre’ Bembry first studied at Rocky River High School and then transferred to St. Patrick High School. Bembry went to St. Joseph's University and played for the St. Joseph's Hawks.

Was Deandre Bembry injured in 2020?

Deandre Bembry was injured in January 2020. It was neuritis on his right hand. Neuritis is an inflammation of nerves or the peripheral nervous system. Bembry had to go through a non-surgical procedure on his right hand to address symptoms of neuritis at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex. He was not present on the team for their game at Oklahoma City. He was prescribed to rest for quite a while, missing a few games.

What is the jersey number of Bembry?

Bembry wears jersey number 95.

What sneakers does DeAndre Bembry wear?

Bembry wears Nike Kobe IV Protro, Air Jordan 35 Low, Nike Kobe V, Air Jordan 10, and Nike KD 13.

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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