Shaun Livingston Bio: Injuries, NBA Championships, Net Worth & Kids

This article was last updated by on

Shaun Patrick Livingston is an American professional basketball executive and a former NBA point guard. During his professional NBA career, he played for teams like the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks, etc.

A boy from Illinois started playing competitive basketball in high school and made his NBA debut with the Los Angeles Clippers after being drafted as the 4th pick overall in the 2004 NBA draft.

While in his final year with Golden State Warriors, Livingston became the second player in NBA history to appear in at least five seasons and made an NBA Finals appearance each season.

The Warriors team also gave him unforgettable moments to cherish for life by winning NBA Championship titles in 2015, 2017, and 2018 seasons.

Shaun Livingston, Former Professional NBA Player
Shaun Livingston, Former Professional NBA Player (Source: Pinterest)

Livingston was often described as “The bridge between a star and complementary players. A person one can fully rely upon.”

When he announced his retirement in 2019, the Warriors wanted to keep him even if he was not playing for the team. So he got appointed as the Director of Player Affairs and Engagement on Sep 15, 2020.

Now, let’s learn in detail about this former NBA player, his NBA journey, and some personal life details. But first, quick facts table!!

Quick Facts

Full Name Shaun Patrick Livingston 
Birth Date September 11, 1985
Known As Shaun Livingston
Birth Place Peoria, Illinois
Nick Name S. Dot
Nationality American
High-School Peoria High School
University N/A
Horoscope Virgo
Father’s Name Reggie Livingstone
Mother’s Name Ann Wyman
Siblings Two
Age 38 years old
Weight 87 kg/192 lb.
Height 6’7″/2.01 m/201 cm
Build Athletic
Marital Status Married
Wife Joanna Williams
  • Tyler Marie Livingston
  • Jonah Jazmine Livingston
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Experience 15 seasons
League National Basketball Association (NBA)
Team Retired
NBA Draft 2004/ Round: 1/ Pick: 4th overall
Salary N/A
Net Worth $16-25 million
Salary $666,667 (previously as a player)
Active Status 2004-2019
Social Media Twitter
Merch Notebook
Last Update April 2024

Early Life And Family

Shaun was born on September 11, 1985, to parents, Reggie Livingston and Ann Wyman, in Illinois, under the sun sign Virgo.

Not long after Shaun’s birth, the couple started to face difficulties in their marriage, resulting in divorce in 1987.

Earlier, Shaun was taken care of by his mother, and after some time, his father, Reggie, got custody. While living with his father got him to explore the world of hoops.

Upon remembering, Shaun once said,” My father always had me playing with the older group since I was 6 or 7.

I couldn’t understand why he did what he did. But, thinking about it now, I feel grateful towards my dad because I never knew I would be a great player.”

He grew up with his two sisters, Blair Wyman and Sarah Apperle Livingstone, in the largest city of Illinois, Peoria.

What Is The Star Player Shaun Livingston’s Body Stat?

Complementing his 2.01 meters height, Shaun weighs around 87 kg (192 pounds). He was one of the skinny players in any team he played for during his professional career.

His short black hair and well-trimmed goatee-type beard are some of his distinguishing features.

Start of Shaun’s Basketball Career

Peoria High

Shaun started high school in Concordia Lutheran Grade School and led his school team to grab the LSA titles consecutively in 1999 and 2000.

Later he also played competitive basketball at Richwoods High School for two years before enrolling at Peoria Central High School.

With Shaun in the team, Peoria Lions were able to win Class AA state titles back-to-back in 2003 and 2004. For his incredible performance, Shaun got titled the Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2004.

The five-star recruit by, Livingston once considered playing at Duke University, but later, he opted to declare his name for the 2004 NBA draft.

Professional Career

To begin with, Shaun became one of the few players in NBA history to get selected as a draft directly after graduating from high school. To name a few, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Garnett were early draft picks too.

After being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, Livingston’s first two seasons with the team were praiseworthy as he played 91 games averaging 6.3 per game.

Shortly after, the former Clippers shooting guard, who was constantly improving, faced the worst nightmare as he injured his knee in a game against Charlotte Bobcats.

Make-or-Break Injury

After a steal at halfway in the court, Livingston skated across the floor with ease and was going for a layup but missed and landed in an awkward position.

He dislocated his left kneecap, tearing the ACL, PCL, and lateral meniscus.

It was just a nightmare that didn’t seem to end, and the whole court was completely frozen and unable to grasp the situation that just unfolded in front of their eyes.

Soon a stretcher was brought; Shaun seemed stuck and stiff with no movement, as if a prosthetic leg was attached to him.

LA Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats 2007 Match
LA Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats 2007 Match (Source: ESPN)

It was probably the most fearful thing for a player to experience such a horrible accident when everything was going well.

All the spectators of the game had one thought going through their minds: “Will he be able to play ever again or even walk?”

Shaun Livingston required months to be able to walk again and missed 101 of 246 regular season games.

“Having to rest for didn’t know how long, the confidence and strength Shaun had were not faded even by a percent, and the will to return in the court was shocking. He did everything for his speedy recovery,” said then Clipper’s physician.

NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors 

From 2008 to 2010, he just played 22 league games and was traded to different teams; Miami Heat, Tulsa 66ers (NBA-G league), Oklahoma City Thunder, and Washington Wizards.

Besides, he played for other teams like Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets, before signing a three-year/$16 million deal with the Warriors.

Shaun With The Warriors
Shaun With The Warriors (Credit: Sports Illustrated)

It was fate that brought Shaun to the Warriors, where he got to play the 2016 NBA Finals with Damian Jones, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry against Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring a playoff career-high 20 points in game 1.

Despite losing the title in the 2016 season, in the finals of both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, his team defeated the same Cavaliers in a 4 game sweep.

In 2019, Livingston played his fifth straight NBA finals; however, his team lost to the Toronto Raptors in six games. Following their loss, Livingston was waived and went unsigned during free agency.

After 15 years of service in the NBA, Livingston announced his retirement on September 13, 2019.

As A Director

Even after Shaun’s body went through such an incident at the blooming age of 21, his spirits never went down.

He pulled himself like no other, like a champion, and kept his body fit for any time he could play again.

The then-coach of the Warriors said, “Shaun is good at managing his own body. He tells people when he needs rest. That says a lot about Shaun because it’s important to be on the same page with yourself.”

2018 NBA Champions Warriors (Source: Pinterest)

After retirement, Shaun was appointed by the Warriors as the Director of Player Affairs and Engagement of the team on September 15, 2020.

As an executive, he added another NBA championship title after the Warriors stunned Boston Celtics in six games in the 2022 NBA Finals.

Career Achievements And Highlights

  • 3 times NBA Championship (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022 [as executive])
  • First Team Parade All-American (2004)
  • Fourth-team Parade All-American (2003)
  • McDonald’s All-American (2004)
  • Illinois Mr. Basketball (2004)

How Much Is Shaun Livingston Worth?

Altogether, in his 15 years in the NBA, Shaun played for nine different teams.

Livingston’s salary saw major changes throughout the years, starting with $3,027,840 and earning $8,307,692 during his later season.

After his accident, Shaun’s salary went pretty downhill in the 2008-09 season, with just $370,000 per annum.

Hence, with ups and downs in his salary, his total earnings from his professional NBA career totaled to around $59 million.

By the way, it’s hard to figure out the exact net worth of a person, and the answers always differ.

However, as per the claims by different online sources, Shaun’s worth falls in the range of $16 million to $25 million.

Personal Life

Shaun Livingston married his long-term girlfriend, Joanna Williams, on August 9, 2017, in a private wedding ceremony.

“Joey,” as referred to by her close friends, is a model of Puerto Rican, Italian, and African descent.

Shaun With His Wife And Daughters
Shaun With His Wife And Daughters (Source: Instagram)

Before their marriage, the couple had welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Tyler Marie, in early 2017.

And after two years, they had another baby girl, Jonah Jazmine, in February 2019.

Donations To Concordia Lutheran

Shaun Livingston isn’t someone who made mega-money in the League. Instead, he is categorized as someone who felt basketball was above everything.

The manager of Hall of Fame, Jerry West, had once said, “When you’re around him, you can see the goodness in him.”

Not all Alumni are obliged to donate to their former school. However, Livingston, being a guy with a kind heart and humble nature, donated $1 million to Concordia Lutheran High School for the expansion of the gym.

Social Media Presence

Just a quick piece of information; Shaun did have an Instagram account under @ShaunLivingston around 2019 but is nowhere to be found at present, and he doesn’t have a Facebook account.

However, the former NBA star is present on Twitter under the handle @ShaunLigingston.

Twitter: 298.5k followers


Playing in the NBA for 9 different teams, earning 3 NBA championships, and now working as director of players affairs and engagement for the Golden State Warriors, Livingston has gained a lot of fans. 

Shaun Livingston's Popularity Graph
Shaun Livingston’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Has Shaun Livingston ever been caught in a scandal?

The former point guard has clear records in every aspect except for his different trade rumors during his professional career, which weren't anything major to be concerned about.

Is Shaun Livingston a good defender?

As his previous teammate said, “He brings leadership to the game by doing everything rebounds, assists, steals, and making points. If we just listen to him, all goes smoothly.” So, we can conclude him to be a good defender as he can rotate and adjust in various situations.

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.

Related articles


  1. I have observed that in the world today, video games would be the latest trend with children of all ages. Periodically it may be out of the question to drag your kids away from the activities. If you want the very best of both worlds, there are various educational games for kids. Good post.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share article

Latest News