T.J. Warren: Contract, Achievements & Family

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T.J. Warren, an American basketball player, plays as a small forward for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The North Carolina native formerly played with Indiana Pacers and then with Brooklyn Nets.

Warren’s love for basketball came at a young age, given that his father is a former collegiate basketball player who would guide & encourage him to pursue an NBA career.

The NC State University alumnus became the first-round 14th overall pick of the Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft. They signed him with a rookie contract worth $3.99 million for two years.

T.J. Warren During His Time With The Pacers
T.J. Warren During His Time With The Pacers (Source: Valley of the Suns)

Having played five seasons with the Suns, Warren was traded to the Pacers in 2019 but only to get benched in the 2020 & 2021 seasons due to a foot injury.

So, the 2012 McDonald’s All-American honoree signed with the Nets for the 2022 season and got traded to the Suns in 2023.

Aside from his professional career, there is much more about T.J. Warren to know. Scroll down to get insights on Warren’s family, relationship & net worth.

Quick Facts 

Full Name Anthony “T. J.” Warren Jr.
Nick Name Tony Buckets
Date of Birth September 5, 1993
Age 30 Years Old
Birth Place Durham, North Carolina
Nationality American
Religion Christianity
Zodiac Sign  Virgo
Chinese zodiac Rooster
Height 6’8″/ 2.03 m/ 203 cm
Weight 100 kg/220 lb.
High School Brewster Academy
University North Carolina State University
Father’s Name Tony Warren
Mother’s Name Athlea Warren
Sister’s name Nikita Warren
Girlfriend Not known
Children None
Profession Professional Basketball Player
League  NBA
Position  Small Forward
Team Brooklyn Nets
Jersey Number 1
NBA Draft Round: 1, Pick: 14th overall (2014)
Playing Career 2014-present
Net Worth   $10 million
Social Media Twitter
Merch Not available
Last Update  February 2024

Who Are The Parents Of T.J. Warren? More On Family!

Born on September 5, 1993, in Durham, North Carolina, Warren is one of two kids (only son) of Tony Warren Sr. and Athlea Warren.

His birth name is Anthony “T. J.” Warren Jr.

Anthony grew up with his sister Nikita Warren, who currently works as a varsity basketball coach in Wake County Public School System.

The NBA player followed the footsteps of his father, who played basketball at North Carolina State University from 1976 to 1979 under coach Norm Sloan.

Throughout his three years of collegiate career, Tony played in 89 games totaling 387 rebounds, 150 assists & 93 steals while scoring 825 points (9.3 points per game).

Warren With His Sister And Father
T.J. Warren With His Sister And Father (Source: Twitter)

Moreover, Warren’s father became the 8th round pick (153rd overall) of the Chicago Bulls in the 1979 NBA Draft. However, he went on to pursue his career as a rhythm and blues singer instead.

The NBA star’s father’s birthday falls on January 20, while his mother’s birthday is on May 5.

Even though T.J. Warren doesn’t talk much about his parents, he often recalls his childhood memories in interviews. Warren’s father would take him to basketball games while his mother would cook him his favorite food- chicken wings & French fries.

Growing up, he idolized Kevin Durant & would even collect his posts & shirts. Later, he would join Durant after signing with the Nets.

How Tall Is He? Age & Body Measurements?

Warren, who stands 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters), is 30 years old. The NBA player is cautious about his fitness & does workouts.

With an athletic build, the black-haired & brown-eyed basketball star weighs 100 kg (220 pounds).

A Virgo by birth (and Rooster as per Chinese year), T.J. has a wing span of 6 feet 10.25 inches (2.09 meters).

Sister Nikita Warren Lost Her Son

T.J. Warren had a nephew named NaJae’ Warren, the son of his sister Nikita & her spouse Joe Lee. NaJae’ died on May 1, 2022, at the age of 16.

NaJae’ was in his sophomore year at Rollsville High School, where he played basketball, having caught the passion at four years old.

Nikita often shares pictures of her late son on her Twitter. He was born on September 14, 2005, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nikita Warren And Her Late Son NaJae’ Warren
Nikita Warren And Her Late Son NaJae’ Warren (Source: Twitter)

Warren’s sister is a graduate of North Carolina Central University (2004-08), where she obtained a BA in Psychology.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she worked as a waitress (2003-04) & a sales associate (2006-08).

Upon University graduation, Nikita began working as head coach of the women’s junior varsity basketball team at Leesville High School (2011-12) and then at Millbrook High School (2012-14).

From 2014 to 2016, she was a varsity women’s basketball coach at Enloe High School. Then, it followed her stints at:

  • Millbrook High School (2016-18)- Asst. women’s basketball coach
  • William Peace University (2018-20)- Asst. varsity women’s basketball coach

Since October 2021, Nikita Warren has been working as a varsity women’s basketball coach & student information data manager at Wake County Public School System in Rolesville, North Carolina.

T.J. Warren’s Alma Mater Is NC State University

A touted prospect, Warren played early basketball at Brewster Academy, Riverside High School, and Word of God Christian Academy.

Then, he enrolled at North Carolina State University on June 27, 2012, and played for the Wolfpack until 2014. There he earned the honors such as ACC All-Freshmen Team (2013), First-team All-ACC (2014) & ACC Player of the Year (2014).

On February 24, 2019, the NC State Wolfpack honored his jersey number #24 by raising it to the rafters of PNC Arena in a pregame ceremony.

T.J. Warren | NBA Career & Achievements

In 2014, the North Carolina-raised basketball player declared for the NBA draft forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.

He became the first-round pick (14th overall) of the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft, where the top-three picks were Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker & Joel Embiid.

During his five NBA seasons with the Suns (2014-15 season to 2018-19 season), T.J. Warren started in 165 games (out of 261), with 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game while maintaining a 0.497 field goal percentage.

As a part of three-team trade (Pacers, Suns & Miami Heat), T.J. was traded to Indiana Pacers on July 6, 2019. As a Pacers player, he started in all of 67 games in the 2019 season.

However, after his left foot injury in the early 2020 season, he was benched for the rest of the season. Moreover, he played no games in the 2021-22 season.

T.J. Warren Signed A One-Year Contract With The Nets
T.J. Warren Signed A One-Year Contract With The Nets (Source: Twitter)

Later, Warren signed with Brooklyn Nets on a one-year deal to play the 2022-23 season on July 7, 2022.

On his debut with the Nets on December 2, 2022, he scored 10 points while earning four rebounds & one steal in a 114-105 victory against the Raptors.

On February 9, 2023, Warren was traded to Phoenix Suns, along with Kevin Durant, in exchange for Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder, four future first-round picks, and a pick swap.

Awards & Achievements

  • Consensus second-team All-American in the year 2014
  • 2014 ACC Player of the Year 
  • 2014 First-team All-ACC
  • 2013 ACC All-Freshmen Team 
  • No. 24 jersey honored by NC State Wolfpack
  • 2012 McDonald’s All-American

Heated Argument With Butler

T.J. Warren is no new to controversies with fouls & fine payments. One of the most talked about topics is his altercation with Jimmy Butler on January 8, 2020, which cost him a fine of $25,000.

In a Packers vs. Heat game, Warren grabbed Butler’s arm during a drive to the hoop, which led to both players engaging in a heated exchange of words. The two had to be separated by their teammates.

Butler called T.J. “trash,” & Warren signaled for Butler to fight him in the back hallway. Ultimately, T.J. was ejected from the game, and Butler blew him a kiss as he left the court. 

Butler also added fuel to the fire by posting a photo of the Heat’s schedule on Instagram, circling their next matchup against the Pacers and tagging Warren with the caption:

“Don’t be mad you can’t guard me. We will see what you think about it in March.”

T.J. Warren Personal Life | Relationship & Social Media

The NBA player prefers to remain low-key when it comes to his relationship & further insight into his personal life.

So far, Warren doesn’t have any dating history or any girlfriends, and hence there’s no question of him being married.

Fans are still unconvinced that the basketball star could be single, even though there are no official reports of his dating. Only time will reveal all!

The small forward is active on Twitter under the handle @TonyWarrenJr, which he joined in April 2011. As of this writing, his Twitter followers are more than 56.6K, and he mostly posts about his NBA journey.

He is not active on Instagram at the moment.

T.J. Warren | Net Worth & Earnings

As of 2024, T.J. Warren has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

Not to mention, most of his income came through his NBA contracts that offer him a lucrative salary. In fact, his career earnings from nine NBA season record $58.229 million.

For the 2022-23 NBA season, Warren’s salary is $2.63 million- thanks to the one-year deal with Brooklyn Nets signed on July 7, 2022.

Since, Warren got traded to Phoenix Suns, his salary for the 2022-23 season will be fulfilled by both teams; $891k by the Suns and $1.73 million by the Nets.

The 2014 NBA Draft pick started his professional career with Phoenix Suns; he played for them for five seasons on the following contracts:

  • A 2-year $3.99 million rookie contract (July 12, 2014)
  • Option contract for 2016-17 season worth $2.13 million (signed on October 27, 2015)
  • An extension for four years worth $47 million (September 25, 2017)

Aside from NBA games, he can sum up a considerable amount through endorsement deals, though he is yet to book one.

Interesting Facts

  • On October 23, 2022, T.J. Warren participated in a community event where he helped distribute “Eat & Move Better Boxes” to families in need in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  This was the first time that Warren had given back to the Brooklyn community since joining the Nets.
  • T.J. Warren has a basketball court named after him. The player’s AAU program, Garner Road Basketball Club, named its court after him as the “T.J. Warren Court.”
  • Warren has expressed a love for the book Soul on Ice, a provocative manifesto/memoir written by Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver while incarcerated at Folsom State Prison in 1965. His mentor David West, a former All-Star, gave him the book.
  • T.J. established the T.J. Warren Foundation in the fall of 2017. It focuses on supporting and empowering students in the Triangle Area, offering scholarships to high school seniors. Through his foundation, the NBA star donated 500 books to Research Triangle Charter Academy.

Popularity

Playing impressive basketball for different teams, suffering from injuries, and involving in controversies, Warren stays in the limelight for one reason or the other.

T.J. Warren's Popularity Graph
T.J. Warren’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is T.J. Warren's girlfriend?

T.J. has not been linked with any woman as of now. The player seems to be focusing on his professional career.

When did T.J. Warren make his NBA debut?

T.J. Warren made his NBA debut on November 9, 2014, against Golden State.

Is T.J. Warren injured?

On December 29, 2020, the then-Pacers player Warren underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture on his left foot & opted out from the rest of the 2020 season. Moreover, he was benched for the entire 2021-22 season. After signing with Brooklyn Nets, T.J. Warren made his NBA comeback on December 2, 2022, in a win against the Raptors.

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