Dylan Windler Bio: Early Life, NBA, Girlfriend & Net Worth

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Dylan Windler is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played in the G League with Cleveland Charge.

If you are a big-time NBA junkie, you surely have come across this name, Dylan Windler.

It’s only been a few years since this guy debuted in the NBA, but he is already successful and has become the talk of the town.

Dylan Windler, A Professional Basketball Player
Dylan Windler, A Professional Basketball Player (Source: ESPN)

He started his NBA journey with the Cavaliers after they picked him as the 26th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He serves as a shooting guard and small forward for the team.

After playing in the G League, he was recalled by the parent club in February 2023.

Moreover, Dylan was a collegiate player for Belmont University in Nashville. He has been named to the First-team All-OVC two times. 

He has shown up for his brilliance whenever it comes to basketball, and certainly, the future seems bright for him.

In this article, we have tried to sum up his life from the beginning to date. We hope you will enjoy reading this. But first thing first, without any further ado, let’s look at the quick facts;

Quick Facts

Full Name Dylan Windler
Birth Date September 22, 1996
Birth Place Indianapolis, Indiana
Nick Name D-Wind
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Perry Meridian High School, Belmont University(2015-2019)
Horoscope Libra
Father’sName Not known
Mother’sName Karen Eickman
Siblings the older sister (Corey Laidig)
Age 27 Years Old
Height 6’7″/2.01 m/201 cm
Weight 89 kg/196 lb.
Jersey No Nine
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Hazel Blue
Awards 2 times First-team All-OVC (2018, 2019)
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Lauren Rau
Position Shooting guard/ Small forward
Profession NBA player
Net Worth $4 million
Salary $4,037,278
Currently Plays for Cleveland Cavaliers
League NBA
Active Since 2018-present
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Basketball Card
Last Update November 2023

Early Life, Family, And Education

Dylan Windler was born to his father and mother, Karen Windler, on September 22, 1996, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sadly, his father’s details are not available on the internet as of now.

The professional basketball player also has a sister, Corey, who is three years older than him. He follows Christianity and belongs to the white ethnicity.

While growing up, Windler played many sports, including baseball, basketball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, tennis, fishing, skiing (both water and snow), and golf.

Dylan Windler With His Mother
Dylan Windler With His Mother (Source: Instagram)

Moreover, Dylan played football in elementary school and middle school. He was up on a traveling team for baseball and played baseball throughout middle school.

Interestingly, he used his right hand for most of the sports he played but was lefty while playing basketball and dribbled with his left hand.

In addition to basketball, he was an excellent golf player and participated in various junior golf tournaments.

Family Line

Dylan belongs to a family with an athletic background; his mother, Karen, was a state-competing high jumper, and to this day, no one has ever broken her record in high school. Her name is still displayed there in the high school gym.

Karen participated in track and field during high school and also played basketball. She played both games exceptionally well.

Similarly, his sister, Corey, did high jumps and played soccer and basketball. She goes to Ball State but has never played organized games there.

Moreover, Dylan has a stepfather Steve Eickman with whom he played golf initially.

Age, Height, And Body Measurement

The professional basketball player was born in the year 1996, which makes him 27 years old. Likewise, Dylan celebrates his birthday on September 22, making his birth sign Libra.

Dylan is an ideal match that meets all the qualifications to become a leading athlete. He is quite conscious when it comes to fitness and diet.

Dylan Windler Playing For The Cleveland Charge
Dylan Windler Playing For The Cleveland Charge (Source: Twitter)

He likes working out at the gym when he is not on the court. Moreover, Dylan stands 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 meters) tall and weighs around 89 kg (196 pounds).

More about his physical features, he has short light brown hair and stunning hazel eyes.

High School and College

Dylan went to Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, the same high school his sister and mother attended.

There, he played basketball, but at the same time, he was outstanding at golf.

He played for the Indiana Elite AAU team along with future Virginia player Kyle Guy in the summer of 2014.

As a senior-year player, he led the state in points and rebounds per game with 27.3 points and 10.2 rebounds.

College Career

Dylan’s rock-solid performance for the AAU team landed him scholarship opportunities from 15 Division I schools. However, he committed to Belmont University.

His freshman season was below average, as he just managed to average 4.3 points per game. He played as a reserve player and was benched for most of the games.

Following that, Dylan’s sophomore year was full-on power-packed. He took on a starting guard position and became an outside threat, finishing the season with a 39.8% three-point completion rate.

His junior year was phenomenal, posting an average of 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. During a game against Morehead State, he recorded a career-high 36 points and 20 rebounds on February 17, 2018.

Dylan Windler During His Collegiate Career
Dylan Windler During His Collegiate Career (Source: NBA)

After his praiseworthy junior season, he was named to the First-Team All-OVC.

In his senior season, the NBA player was also named to the 2019 Julius Erving Award watchlist.

During his collegiate career, he earned a spot on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and an Academic All-American twice.

Likewise, he helped his team qualify for the NCAA tournament but faced a 79-77 loss against the Maryland Terrapins in the Round of 64.

Dylan also served as the student-athlete liaison on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Competition Committee and led his team to win over teams like Morehead State and Temple Owls.

The shooting guard stayed very close to his roommate, former Belmont guard Kevin McClain.

He had also remained friends with Ty Jerome, Carsen Edward, Admiral Schofield, and Ethan Happ, with whom he played against and lived alongside when he moved to Chicago to work on his signing with Priority Sports and Entertainment.

 College Stats

Belmont Stats       

2015-2016 Belmont Bruins  32 1 18.4 .495 .239 .667 4.5 .9 .6 .6 4.3
2016-2017 Belmont Bruins  30 30 30.1 .533 .398 .733 6.3 1.6 .9 1.0 9.2
2017-2018 Belmont Bruins  33 33 35.4 .559 .426 .718 9.3 2.7 1.0 .9 17.3
2018-2019 Belmont Bruins  33 33 33.2 .540 .429 .847 10.8 2.5 1.4 .6 21.3
Career 128 97 29.4 .541 .406 .761 7.8 2.0 1.0 .8 13.2

Professional Career

After a successful collegiate career, Dylan declared his name for the 2019 NBA draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him as the 26th overall pick in that year’s draft.

When he got drafted, all his family members and relatives were overwhelmed with happiness. Dylan hovered excitedly and dropped his head to his knees, opened a bottle of champagne, and partied with his family.

Dylan, With His Family Members, Gathering Up For The 2019 NBA Draft Announcement
Dylan, With His Family Members, Gathering Up For The 2019 NBA Draft Announcement (Source: Twitter)

However, his rookie season was not as he wished; Dylan was diagnosed with a left tibial stress reaction in September.

In January 2020, he was ruled out for the season because of his leg injury. That was quite an unlikely start for this Indiana native.

Dylan made his NBA debut in a 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets on December 23, 2020.

He played 31 games in the 2020-21 season and 50 games in the 2021-22 season. However, after suffering from hamstring and ankle injuries, he did not feature for many games in the 2022-23 season.

With the Cavaliers G League affiliate, he had a brilliant season, scoring 20-point mark three times. In March, he posted a massive double-double in a win over Grand Rapids.

Net Worth And Salary

Despite proving his performance and talent during his time with Belmont, he couldn’t give a playful start with the Cavaliers.

That was really unfortunate. As per reports, Dylan was the first player in 47 years to get selected in the NBA from Belmont.

He signed a 4-year/$10.45 million rookie contract with the Cavaliers and later exercised a $2.23 million option for 2020. In his rookie season, he bagged $1,908,563, and $2,137,440 in his second season.

As per spotrac, Dylan’s projected salary for 2021-22 was $2,137,440, and for the 2022-23 season is $4,037,278.

Dylan has an estimated net worth of around $4 million as of 2023. Most of his fortune comes from his professional basketball career. 

However, Dylan has not landed any significant endorsement and sponsorship deals as of now. But as he progresses in his career, he will certainly land some endorsement deals.


Keeping sports and athleticism aside, What else does Dylan do? Here’s an answer, Dylan joined a squad of athletes from Belmont on a trip to Nakuru, Kenya, during the last months of his junior year.

Dylan With The Kids At Streets of Hope
Dylan With The Kids At Streets of Hope (Source: Twitter)

They visited an orphanage named “Streets of Hope,” an organization that focuses on looking after children abandoned on the streets. According to Dylan, interacting with kids brought a smile to his face.

Further, he also paid a visit to Nicaragua’s Hope Road, a similar kind of organization.

Windler is affirmative towards launching his own foundation but has never been vocal about it. He is willing to work for his community and spread positivity.

Personal Life And Girlfriend

The shooting guard has not traveled so far in the NBA road, but he has surely come a long way with his girlfriend.

Dylan is in a romantic relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Lauren Rau. Rau is also an athlete who played women’s basketball for Lipscomb, Belmont’s arch-rival.

Dylan With His girlfriend Lauren
Dylan With His girlfriend Lauren (Source: Twitter)

Lauren was born in Greenwood, Indiana, and enrolled at the Grove High School Center, where she served as a guard.

As of now, there are no such rumors about their marriage, but hopefully, they will surely give it a second thought.

Social Media Presence

The NBA player is quite active on social media platforms. He keeps his fans updated with his posts.

Dylan’s social media posts feature his friends, family, sports tournaments, outdoor destinations, and adventure trips.

He also shares pictures of himself in the gym and never shies away from showing how much of a fitness freak he is.

We can certainly get a hint of his life from his Instagram profile, as it looks colorful and vibrant.

You can find him on Instagram under the handle @d_win23 and Twitter @Dylan_Windler23.

Twitter: 16k followers

Instagram: 28.5k followers


Despite just being on the scene for a few years, he has gained a considerable amount of fans from around the world.

Dylan Windler's Popularity Graph
Dylan Windler’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Dylan Windler based on Google searches in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is Dylan Windler's agent?

Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of Priority Sports & Entertainment are agents of Dylan Windler.

Is Dylan Windler injured?

Several injuries in his career have slowed Dylan Windler. In the 2021 season, Dylan suffered a knee injury and had to undergo surgery on his left knee. During his first NBA season, just before the training camp Dylan was wiped out by a stress fracture in his left leg. Likewise, in the 2020-21 season, Windler suffered a wrist injury. He also broke his left wrist in the Cavaliers' opener and was sidelined for a month.

How many points did Dylan Windler average this season?

Dylan Windler has just played 11 games in the 2022-23 season, averaging 12.2 points and 1.1 assists per game with the Cleveland Charge.

Was Dylan Windler a finalist for the rookie of the year 2021 NBA award?

No, LaMelo Ball from Charlotte Hornets, Anthony Edwards from Minnesota Timberwolves, and Tyrese Haliburton from Sacramento Kings were the finalists for the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, where LaMelo Ball was named the winner.

Anjali Gupta
Anjali Gupta
Anjali is a freelance content writer at Hansikar Technologies. She writes biog on different players navigating her writing skills.To boot on, if she is not into something productive, diving into netflix becomes her favorite pastime.

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