John Holland: Career, Net Worth & Early Life

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John Holland is a professional basketball player for Frutti Extra Bursaspor of the Basketbol Süper Ligi, who was born in the United States.

John Holland’s positive attitude and selfless play have kept the Bursaspor’s skilled pieces together and developing.

At League, there are more talented players on the field. However, there are a few players with a better mindset, such as forward John Holland. Holland was one of the most accomplished athletes to ever play for the men’s basketball team at Boston University.

Professional Basketball Player John Holland (Source: Instagram)
John Holland (Source: Instagram)

John Holland, a Terrier forward from 2007 to 2011, inked with the playoff-bound Boston Celtics in 2016, completing a circuitous path to the NBA.

The Bronx, New York native has previously played in France, Spain, and Turkey, with most of his time spent with the Canton Charge of the D-League. Holland had previously dominated the America East conference.

He was named America East Player of the Year and Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention as a senior, and he concluded his career at BU with 2,212 points, the seventh-most in America East history.

John Holland: Quick Facts 

Full Name John Michael Joseph Holland
Known As John Holland
Nickname Not Available 
Birth Date November 6, 1988
Birth Place The Bronx, New York
Residence Not Available 
Religion Christianity
Nationality Puerto Rican
Ethnicity Not Available 
Education Fordham Prep (The Bronx, New York), Saint Benedict’s Prep (Newark, New Jersey), and Boston University (2007–2011)
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Father’s Name John Holland Sr
Mother’s Name Diana Mills 
Siblings Not Available 
Age 35 years old
Height 6 feet 5 inches
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body Type Athletic
Profession Basketball Player
Marital Status Single 
Girlfriend Not Available 
Children None 
Active since 2011 – present
  • Chorale Roanne
  • Cajasol Sevilla
  • BCM Gravelines
  • Beşiktaş
  • Canton Charge
  • Boston Celtics
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Austin Spurs
  • Santeros de Aguada
  • San Miguel Beermen
  • Hapoel Jerusalem
  • UNICS Kazan
  • Cariduros de Fajardo
  • UNICS Kazan
  • Frutti Extra Bursaspor
Endorsements  Not Available 
Net Worth $1 million
NBA Draft Pick 2011 / Undrafted
Position Small Forward and Shooting Guard 
  • Basketbol Süper Ligi
  • EuroCup
Merch of Cleveland Cavaliers Tumbler Cup
Social Media  InstagramTwitter
Last Update June 2024

Early Life & Family  

John Holland is a Puerto Rican-American with Puerto Rican ancestry. He was born in Bronx, New York, on November 16, 1988.

His parents, Diana Mills and John Holland, Sr, are Puerto Rican immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Holland grew up and was raised in the Bronx and started playing competitive basketball.

John Holland along with his father (Source: Instagram)
John Holland along with his father (Source: Instagram)

His father, John Holland, Sr., a retired educator who played basketball as an Iona College undergraduate, instilled a love for the game.

However, he was not raised with the intention of becoming a professional basketball player. His Bronx high school was noted for its academics rather than sports. He wasn’t scouted by any major college schools, either.

High School & College Career

Holland was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, a CHSAA All-Division selection, and a Journal News All-County selection at Fordham Prep, where he averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals per game.

The athlete also played for Saint Benedict’s Prep, where he had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 6 assists, and 2 blocks per game average.

Holland was a collegiate basketball player for Boston University, where he led the America East Conference by averaging 19.2 points per game as a junior in 2009–10.

He went on to win the America East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award and lead the Terriers to the NCAA Tournament.

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European Career

Holland was undrafted in the NBA draft in 2011. The athlete signed with Chorale Roanne Basket of France for the 2011–12 season on July 5, 2011.

After that, he played for various other teams for short period like Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Cajasol Sevilla of Spain, Minnesota Timberwolves, BCM Gravelines of France, San Antonio Spurs and Beşiktaş of Turkey.  

John Holland during the game (Source: Instagram)
John during the game (Source: Instagram)

While playing for Beşiktaş of Turkey, he scored 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 steal in 15 Eurocup games.

G-League Career

Holland was purchased by the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on December 23, 2015.

Later that night, he made his Charge debut against the Grand Rapids Drive, with 11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in a 113–111 loss.

He averaged 3.1 rebounds, 16.0 points, 2.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 30.2 minutes per game in 37 games with the Charge.

The Canton Charge re-acquired Holland on December 9, 2016. He was named the D-Impact League’s Player of the Year at the end of the season.

Holland agreed to sign with the Beijing Eastern Bucks of the Chinese National Basketball League after the terminal of the 2016-17 NBA Development League season. He did, however, leave Beijing before participating in a single game for them.

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Finally, Journey to The NBA 

John Holland signed with the Boston Celtics on April 11, 2016. On April 19, he made his Celtics debut, playing one minute off the bench in an 89–72 playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics waived him on August 31, 2016.

Holland signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 26, 2016, but was released on October 22 after participating in three preseason games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Holland to a two-way contract on September 8, 2017. He will split time between both the Cavs and their G-League club, the Canton Charge, per the rules of the agreement. Holland is the Cavaliers’ first player to sign such a contract.

During this contract, he would also participate in his first NBA regular-season games after previously appearing in only one playoff game for Boston. Holland appeared in 24 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 2.3 points per game.

He won the Eastern Conference championship with the Cavaliers and advanced to the NBA Finals. However, the Golden State Warriors swept Cleveland, led by all-star LeBron James. On November 9, 2018, the Cavs waived Holland.

Age, Height & Weight 

John Holland was born on November 6, 1988, in the Bronx, New York. He is currently 35 years old. 

Holland, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 205 pounds, has the size, athleticism, and toughness to guard three positions. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. 

According to reports, he enjoys playing video games and riding motorcycles in addition to basketball. His other interests include watching TV shows and being in shape.

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John Holland: Struggles 

Holland resided roughly an hour’s drive south of Cleveland, just outside of Canton. He shared a home with a friend, and his life was far from glamorous — particularly for a professional athlete.

At a nearby community facility, there was practice, weight training, film sessions, and the games themselves. Aside from that, the guys spent a lot of their free time at the apartment complex where they all lived.

It was a gamble to play in the D-League when you could make much more money playing elsewhere.

John Holland in the frame (Source: Instagram)
Holland in the frame (Source: Instagram)

Only a small percentage of D-League players are called up to the NBA. And the rivalry for players in Holland’s position was tremendous.

Only one of his colleagues, a player with previous NBA experience, was called up as the season progressed.

Holland went unnoticed: he wasn’t the team’s leading scorer, but he was consistently good, propelling Canton to a 12-game winning streak and a D-League playoff berth. However, later he was finally selected by Boston Celtics. 

Net Worth 

John Holland’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million. He makes his earning primary playing through different minor leagues. 

Moreover, minor league teams can make less than $20,000 per year outside of the NBA.

Even the lowest-paid benchwarmer garners more than $500,000 per season in the NBA, a league of millionaires.

Moreover, Holland decided that returning to the United States was his best bet, and that’s how he ended up in the D-League in Canton, earning $19,000.

The Celtics paid him $25,000 for two games and the playoffs, which was more than his whole D-League season pay. He became the first Cavalier to sign a two-way contract.

Furthermore, the starting salary for two-way players is $77,250, prorated for days spent in the G League.

Two-way players can earn up to $385,000, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times, including a prorated NBA Rookie Pay for time spent with the parent team.


John Holland has not revealed any details regarding his relationships. As a result, we don’t have any information regarding his partner for the time being.

Furthermore, we couldn’t identify any significant someone in his life after looking through his social media profile. We believe he should be focusing more on honing his basketball skills right now.

Holland is working hard to return to the NBA; thus, he must not have enough time to focus on relationships in the meanwhile.

We will update you about it as soon as the basketball player discloses information about his girlfriend.

Awards & Achievements 

  • Israeli State Cup winner (2020)
  • BSN champion (2019)
  • All-NBA D-League Third Team (2017)
  • LNB Pro A All-Star (2012)
  • America East Tournament MVP (2011)
  • America East Player of the Year (2011)
  • NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year (2017)
  • 3× First-team All-America East (2009–2011)
  • America East Freshman of the Year (2008)
  • Third-team All-America East (2008)
  • America East All-Defensive Team (2008)
  • America East All-Freshman Team (2008)

Social Media Presence 

  • Instagram– 26.3k followers (As of April 2022)
  • Twitter– 8305 followers (As of April 2022)


Is John Holland good?

John Holland is not only a dynamic player on the court, but he also knows the importance of embracing and performing wherever he is. Many of his teammates have taken notice of his modesty.

Is John Holland retired?

John Holland is not retired. Most recently, he played for the Russian team UNICS Kazan in the VTB United League and the EuroLeague, but he left the squad in early 2022 due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Furthermore, Holland inked a contract with Frutti Extra Bursaspor of the Basketbol Süper Ligi on MaMarch 62022.

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