Hamidou Diallo Bio: Early Life, NBA, Foundation & Salary

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Hamidou Diallo, the 2019 Slam Dunk Contest winner, is a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. He won a gold medal as a part of the FIBA under-18 National team member for the U.S. in 2016

Being successful in the early twenties is a dream for many. Similarly, Hamidou Diallo also dreamed about the same and turned that dream into reality.

From collegiate basketball to NBA, the journey surely wasn’t easy for Hamidou. But Hamidou didn’t give up; he focused on what he wanted from life and kept working for it.

Hamidou Diallo Posing With The Ball
Hamidou Diallo Posing With The Ball (Source: Instagram)

NBA is a beautiful dream for every basketball player, and in the 2018 Draft, Diallo got this opportunity to be a part of it when selected by the Brooklyn Nets.

Hamidou had always maintained his immaculate performance even before the NBA. He was named one of the top-rated players in the class of 2017.

He is best known and appreciated for his shooting and defending techniques. Hamidou’s achievement is truly palpable, and everyone should know his story. 

Today, in this article, we will enclose the success of Hamidou Diallo and the current injuries he is suffering from.

But before we start with our article, let us instantly glance at the quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Hamidou Diallo
Birth Date July 31, 1998
Birth Place Queens, New York, USA
Nick Name Wild Cat
Age 25 Years Old
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Guinean
Religion  Christianity 
Education John Bowne High School, Putnam Science Academy, University of Kentucky 
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Abdoulaye Diallo
Mother’s Name Mariama Diallo
Siblings Alpha Diallo, Boubacar Diallo and Marima Jr. Diallo
Height 6’5″/195 cm/1.95 m
Weight 92 kg/202 lb.
Shoe Size 13 (U.S)
Hair Color Black 
Eye Color Dark Brown
Build Athletic 
Sexual Orientation  Straight 
Marital Status Unmarried 
Girlfriend Not Available 
Children No 
Profession Professional Basketball Player 
Points 17.1
Rebounds 6.6
Position Shooting Guard
Active Since 2016-Present 
Current Team Detroit Pistons
Former Teams Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA Draft 2018 NBA Draft
Career Earnings $14.2 Million
Networth Estimated $5 Million
Merch Cards, Jersey
Social Media Instagram, Twitter 
Last Update July 2024

Early Life And Education

Hamidou was born on July 31, 1998, in Queens, New York, United States. His parents, Abdoulaye Diallo (father) and Marima Dillao (mother) moved to America for a better future for their kids from Guinea.

He had an average childhood with his three siblings, Alpha, Boubacar, and Marima. Raising three kids was difficult for Dillao’s parents, but they did their best to give them the best life.

From early childhood, Diallo was kind; he helped people in need and fought for the rights of others.

Hamidou Diallo At The Basketball Court
Hamidou Diallo At The Basketball Court (Source: Instagram)

Besides, the best part of his childhood was his siblings, who played board games, cards, pool, and ping to keep themselves entertained.

Diallo started playing basketball in their high school days, and his parents never stopped him from persuading his dreams. He went to John Bowne High School for his primary education.

Then, later he was transferred to Putnam Science Academy, where he completed the rest of his high school. However, he also played basketball and made a remarkable position for himself.

After graduating from high school, Diallo was admitted to the University of Kentucky but couldn’t complete his education as he got a chance to be in the NBA. So from here, Hamidou Diallo’s professional career started.


As we already know, Hamidou loved playing basketball from an early age. During his high school days in John Bowne, he averaged 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

However, he couldn’t be there long after being transferred to Putnam Science Academy. There he showed his skills and charmed everyone with his exceptional performance.

The 6’5″ (1.96 m) tall player completed his high school career with an average of 19.0 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Nonetheless, Diallo was even considered the top player in the 2017 class.

Hamidou Diallo With His Girlfriend
Hamidou Diallo With His Girlfriend (Source: Instagram)

After his high school success, six universities wanted Diallo to play for them in their universities. But Hamidou chose to be with the University of Kentucky to complete further studies and focus on his career.

In 2017, Hamidou was admitted to Kentucky and instantly started his practice sessions. But he couldn’t play a single game from there because Diallo was named for the NBA 2018 Draft.

Being in the NBA and making it to the list of the NBA is a prestigious thing.

Finally, in 2018 Hamidou Diallo got drafted into NBA by Oklahoma State Thunder. Since then, there has not been a turning back for Hamidou.

Hamidou was also part of the FIBA under-18 and played as a National team member for the U.S.

NBA Career

Brooklyn Nets drafted Hamidou and later traded him to Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma State Thunder. So, Oklahoma is considered the first team from which he made his debut.

His first match was with Golden State Warriors (100–108), but unfortunately, his team lost by four points.

But Diallo didn’t let his failure degrade his hope, and he came stronger in his second match. He scored his career-high 18 points in that match with all the dedication on November 19, 2018.

Hamidou Diallo's First Post On His Instagram
Hamidou Diallo’s First Post On His Instagram (Source: Instagram)

Diallo even became the first-ever Oklahoma player to win NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He was with Thunders for two years, and later COVID happened.

Like any other person, he stayed home for a long time. But he didn’t let this time go spare; he practiced and tried to enhance his basketball techniques at home.

And finally, after everything was normal and the NBA reopened in 2021, Dillao returned, but this time with a new team, Detroit Pistons, with players like Kelly Olynyk.

Unfortunately, on March 9, 2022, Duallo suffered an avulsion fracture in his left index finger in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Due to this, on March 25, 2022, Diallo was ruled out for the remainder of the 2021–22 season.

Even the 2022- 2023 season wasn’t turned well due to his right ankle injury on March 6, 2023, during a 110–104 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The injury was a grade 2 sprain, making Diallo miss the 2022–23 season.

Accolades And Achievements 

Diallo has gained so much name and fame at such a young age. But, apart from name and fame, he has been awarded various accolades and an appreciation for his phenomenal performance. Some of his achievements are listed below.

  • FIBA American Under-18 Winner (Gold Medal)
  • Top Player of Class 2017
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2019)

Body Measurements

Diallo is one handsome man, inside out, with some good height. He is 6’5″ (1.96 m) tall, considered a reasonable height in basketball.

Apart from that, Hamidou is an athlete who takes extra care of his diet to maintain his body and stay fit. Likewise, he weighs around 92 kg (202 lb.)

The young and energetic NBA player has beautiful dark brown eyes and black hair, which compliments his look. Moreover, as per Diallo’s birth chart horoscope, he is a Leo.

Usually, people with this sun sign are goal-oriented, focused, and determined, and Hamidou is no exception.


As much as Hamidou is an excellent basketball player, he is a good person inside and out. The shooting guard believes in giving back to society to make it better.

For this purpose, Diallo has started a foundation, The Hamidou Diallo; its mission is “to enhance kids’ awareness in our inner cities and make their dreams come true with our programs, events, and camps!”

In the past weekend of August 2022, Diallo hosted his first “Hami Day” at the Flint Community Schools in Flint, Michigan. The programme included many giveaways and fun with bouncy houses and other activities. 

Net Worth

Since 2015 Hamidou has been playing basketball, and his main source of income is basketball. Undoubtedly, he has earned quite a good amount of money.

Hamidou Diallo’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million or above as of 2024, which includes his five seasons of career earnings of $14.2 million.

On Aug 20, 2021, he signed his highest-earning $10.4 million contract with Detroit for 2 years, which includes the 2022-23 club option.

And in 2022, Hamidou earned around $5,200,000 annually. Therefore, it is just the beginning for Diallo, and he still has a long way to go to earn plenty of money.

Personal Life

Hamidou is very private about his life, and even though he is a Gen Z kid, he likes to keep it simple.

He has not been associated with any controversies until now. Diallo tries to avoid controversy and knows his limits; most importantly, he is grounded and knows his upbringing.

Hamidou Diallo Walking In A Casual Day
Hamidou Diallo Walking In A Casual Day (Source: Instagram)

Hamidou is currently single, and there are no rumors of him dating anyone. As for now, Diallo is focused on his career, which is good.

But if we find any information regarding him being in any relationship, we will update you soon.

Social Media Presence

There is no doubt that Hamidou has a huge fan following, which you can see on his social media handles.

He has a good fan following of 352k on his Instagram. We can see him posting about his games, his personal life with friends, and his love for his mom through his Instagram handle.

Diallo also likes to stay stylish; as we see him on his Instagram post in different designer outfits, he is inclined toward street-style fashion.

Similarly, he has around 67k followers on his Twitter handle. No wonder, Hamidou truly is an internet sensation.

Search Graph

Rising star Hamidou has the best Dunk skills, which made him the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk champion.

Hamidou Diallo's Illustration Graph
Hamidou Diallo’s Illustration Graph (Source: Google Trend)

His graph illustrates his increasing growth through the parameters of his search rate.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is Hamidou Diallo's jersey number?

Hamidou Diallo's jersey number is 6 for his current team Detroit Pistons.

What is Hamidou Diallo's career-high?

Hamidou Diallo's career-high is 35 points.

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