Dante Exum

Position
Height
Birthdate
Jnr. Association
Born
Guard
198 cm
13 Jul 1995
Keilor (VIC)
Melbourne (VIC)

Player profile

Dante Exum is legitimately a “son of a gun” with his father Cecil Exum winning a NCAA championship with North Carolina (in 1982) before being drafted by Denver (1984) and playing 197 games in the NBL.

As a young boy, Dante grew up watching his father play for the North Melbourne Giants (1989, 1991), Melbourne Tigers (1990) and Geelong Supercats (1992-96) and spent most of his young life in the Melbourne’s western suburbs where he played junior basketball for Keilor and Werribee.

Exum was identified by basketball scouts very early and as soon as he became a teenager he was offered a scholarship to attend the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Exum’s play with the AIS and junior national team’s led to being selected to participate in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. This is where he really gained the attention of NBA and college scouts when he recorded 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Exum had considered playing in college but ultimately decided he would forego his college eligibility in January 2014 when he declared for the 2014 NBA draft.

Despite being hardly scouted by NBA coaches, Exum’s raw talent and potential was enough for the Utah Jazz to make him a top 5 pick despite having seen little more of his game than an international junior tournament and a mix tape.

 

NBA

Exum was selected by the Utah Jazz with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and upon making his debut for the Utah Jazz in their first game of the season Dante became the youngest Australian to ever play in the NBA (18 years old).

The talented young guard’s rookie season was polarising, to say the least with many NBA analysts unsure about what he could potentially do by the time his career has ended. This is easily showcased by the fact he had 14 double-digit scoring games and 11 games where he didn’t manage a point.

Despite limited minutes Exum appeared in all 82 games (41 starts) as a rookie and averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.2 minutes. His most notable moment perhaps was being selected for the Rookie team in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge at the All-Star Weekend.

Exum missed the 2015-16 due to a tearing the ACL in his left knee while playing for the Australian Boomers during the NBA offseason. Exum returned to the team in 2016-17, he averaged 6.2 points, 2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game including a career-high scoring night when he delivered 22 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite Exum’s is a tenacious defender with some amazing physical gifts, one being the 6’9 wingspan he possesses despite being only 6’6 tall.

No matter the length or success of his NBA journey Exum is set to become a decade-long linchpin of the Australian national team and no doubt a huge reason why the Boomers are on pace to record their first Olympic gold medal.

 

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

Dante became the youngest player ever to be involved in an Australian Boomers squad at only 15 years of age. Exum was given the chance to play in an exhibition game for the Boomers under the eye of then head coach Brett Brown who had also coached his father Cecil.

As the Boomers prepared for the 2014 FIBA World Championships Exum made his national team at 18 when he debuted against New Zealand in the 2013 Oceania Qualifiers.

NBA Stats

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2014-1519UTANBAPG824122.2.349.314.408.448.6250.31.31.62.40.50.21.41.84.8
2015-16 20 Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did Did
2016-1721UTANBAPG662618.6.427.295.519.488.7950.51.52.01.70.30.21.22.26.2
CareerNBA1486720.6.385.308.473.467.7430.41.41.82.10.40.21.32.05.4

current salary and contract

June 26, 2014: Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.

July 11, 2014: Signed a multi-year contract with the Utah Jazz

In 2014, Dante Exum signed a three-year deal worth $15,500,000 to play with the Utah Jazz.

Year
Team
Age
Salary
2015-16
 
19
$3,777,720
2016-17
20
$3,940,320
2017-18
21
$4,992,385
2018
Dante Exum will become uncontracted in 2018

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Player Highlights

  • Dante Exum 2016/17 Highlights

  • Dante Exum Career High 22 Points

  • Dante Exum 2015 Highlights