Mario West | Early Life, Career & Net Worth

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Known as the tenacious defender in the NBA, Mario West is a former basketball athlete. He stands as the Director of Off the Court for the NBPA. 

From his high school journey to two years in the professional arena, West did stand well with his games. However, not everyone was in his favor or his gaming style.

Former basketball athlete Mario West
Former basketball athlete Mario West (Source: Instagram)

In this article, we will cover all the aspects of his life and career. However, before we jump into the details, let us get through a quick dose of facts. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Mario Marceé West
Date of Birth June 19, 1984
Birth Place Huntsville, Alabama
Nick Name Truck
Religion Unknown 
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Unknown 
Zodiac Sign  Gemini 
Age 39 years old
Height 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 meters)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name Gerald West
Mother’s Name Angie West
Siblings Unknown
  • Burnette Elementary
  • Stewart Middle School
  • Douglas County High School
  • Georgia Tech University 
Marital Status Married 
Wife  Karissa (m. 2018)
Kids Micah Maxwell West
Profession Former basketball player  
Director of Off the Court 
Position  Shooting Guard
NBA Draft  2007 / Undrafted
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Maine Red Claws
  • New Jersey Nets
  • Cocolos de San Pedro
  • Tezenis Verona
  • Meralco Bolts
  • Cañeros del Este
  • Fuerza Regia
  • SO Maritime Boulogne
  • La Union 
  • Juventud Sionista
Active Years 2007–2015
Net Worth $9 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch N/A
Last Update  April, 2024

Body Measurements 

Mario West portrays with his ripped physique and athletically toned muscles. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 meters) while weighing 210 lb (95 kg). 

As for his physical appearance, Mario has a chocolate brown skin tone with a black pair of eyes. Likewise, he has medium hair in deep brown color and depicts a beard’s light presence. 

Mario West | Early Life 

West (fully named Mario Marceé West) was born on June 19, 1984, under Gemini’s star sign. In Huntsville, Alabama, he was born to his parents, Angie West and Gerald West. 

Mario West during his childhood
Mario West during his childhood (Source: Instagram)

Well, Mario comes from athletic family background, and it has been one of the greatest influences on his playing career. Back then, his aunts were into volleyball, basketball, and track. 

Similarly, most of the men in his family were into football and baseball in particular. 

“Let me talk about my Dad. First, I’m thankful for his sacrifices for me. My Dad didn’t graduate from college. He was 19 at the time he found out he was having a son. His attitude was: ‘I’ve got to provide for him now.’ Yeah, so I really salute my Dad for making a sacrifice for the family.” – Mario West


At about nine, Mario West initially enrolled in Burnette Elementary and later joined the Stewart Middle School. 

Following it, Mario accomplished his high school studies at Douglas County High School, which is located in Douglasville, Georgia. 

He attended Georgia Tech University in 2003 and left in the year 2007. During his tenure, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management. Following it, during the final college basketball season, he studied Economics. 

Mario West | Career

As Mario West revealed himself, he has been into sports since early. Back then, he used to look up to Michael Jordan

As time passed, Mario West initially stood up on the varsity team during his first year. Alongside his dad, Coach Joby Boydston stood as his number one supporter while also helping him to develop his skill. 

Before leaving high school, Mario had bagged honorable mention all-state honors.

After hustling in his high school team, Mario enrolled in his collegiate Yellow Jacket Basketball Team as a non-scholarship player. Just a year later, he became a scholarship player. 

By his senior year, Mario West had become the Team Captain. 

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Professional Arena 

Mario West entered the NBA arena in 2007 through the NBA draft. However, he went undrafted that year. 

Moving on, he stepped into the Atlanta Hawks training camp as a free agent. By the 2009-10 season, Mario had entered the NBA Development League for the Maine Red Claws. 

Later in 2011, he signed in with the New Jersey Nets, and just three months later, in June, he entered the Cocolos de San Pedro de Macorís of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto.

Right then, he joined Tezenis Verona the same year before moving to the Philippines. During his timeframe in the Philippines, Mario played for the Meralco Bolts. 

In 2013, West signed a deal with the Mexican team Fuerza Regia. Later, he remained in Argentina for the 2015–16 season and played for the Juventud Sionista. 

In May 2016, Mario West returned to the Georgia University of Technology and stood as the director of player personnel. 

Mario West | Net Worth 

Mario West has a net worth of $9 million with average career earnings of $700,000. 

Similarly, you can also check out his book named “Defend the Dream.” Well, he co-authored it with his childhood friend Shakyna Bolden. He shares all the life lessons and tips he has learned to date. 

Mario with his book, Defend The Dream
Mario with his book, Defend The Dream (Source: Instagram)

He has his charity foundation named The Mario West Foundation, which assists in empowering youth for further education. 

Since his collegiate days, Mario has worked to volunteer at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Furthermore, he also hosts pizza parties for the children white often. 

Mario West | Personal Life

West is currently married to his wife, Karissa. The duo met during their early days and later married in 2018. Today, they have a child together named Micah Maxwell West. 

West's wife, Karissa, and their child
West’s wife, Karissa, and their child (Source: Instagram)

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Social Media

You might also be interested in checking out his uploads and posts. 

He is on Instagram as Mario West (@mariowest6) with 4.8k followers. Likewise, he is on Twitter as Mario West (@MarioWest5) with 1.4k followers. 

Mario West | FAQs

What is Mario West’s career statistic like?

Mario West has played 162 games throughout his career journey in total and saved nine of them.

Here, he has maintained a field goal percentage of .448, a three-point percentage of .200, and a free throw percentage of .563. He has had an average of .9 rebounds, .3 assists, .3 steals, and 1.0 points. 

As for the playoff season, Mario has played 24 games. Here, he maintained a field goal percentage of .353 and a free throw percentage of .200.

Altogether, he averages .4 rebounds, .1 assists, .1 steals, and .5 points. 

Which jersey number did Mario West wear?

Mario West wore the jersey number 6 for both the Atlanta Hawks and the New Jersey Nets.

Rajani Gurung
Rajani Gurung
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