Shaun Livingston is an American former basketball player, best known for playing in the team Golden State Warriors of the ‘National Basketball League’ (NFL). He has also played for many other teams, such as ‘Los Angeles Clippers,’ ‘Cleveland Cavaliers,’ and ‘Brooklyn Nets.’ Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Shaun has been playing basketball since his teen years. He played professional basketball for the first time for his ‘Richwoods High School’ team. He exhibited great skills and was named ‘Illinois Mr. Basketball’ by the end of his high school years. He also played in the ‘McDonald’s All-American’ game. He did not attend college and decided to go directly for the ‘NBA Draft’ in 2004, in which ‘Los Angeles Clippers’ signed him. During the first two years of his career, Shaun played 91 games and scored with an average of 6.3 points per game. Over the next few years, he played for different ‘NBA’ teams, such as ‘Oklahoma City Thunder,’ ‘Miami Heat,’ and ‘Washington Wizards.’ However, his best performance came with ‘Golden State Warriors,’ for whom he won three ‘NBA’ titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In September 2019, he announced his retirement from the game.
Childhood & Early Life
Shaun Livingston was born Shaun Patrick Livingston, in Peoria, Illinois, on September 11, 1985, to Reggie and Ann Wyman Livingston. He was raised along with his two sisters.
Shaun was blessed with a good height and an athletic body, which helped him excel in sports ever since he was a kid. Basketball was the sport of his choice and he began playing it during his pre-teen years.
He enrolled at ‘Richwoods High School’ and played competitive basketball for two years while attending the school. Prior to that, he also played for ‘Concordia Lutheran Grade School’ team and led them to two back-to-back state titles, in 1999 and 2000.
He later transferred to ‘Peoria Central High School’ and played basketball with the school team. He led his school team to back-to-back ‘Class AA’ titles in 2003 and 2004. He graduated high school in the same year.
His excellent performance did not go unnoticed and he was named ‘Illinois Mr. Basketball’ and received the honor of playing in the ‘McDonald’s All-American’ game.
‘Rivals.com,’ a college basketball web portal, named him as the ‘no.1 point guard’ in American college basketball and the ‘no. 2 player overall’ in the country. He was offered a basketball scholarship by the ‘Duke University,’ but he decided to skip college and went straightway for the ‘NBA Draft,’ which was a logical step, as he had already made strong waves among the franchise teams of the ‘NBA.’
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Shaun was signed by the ‘Clippers’ in the 2004 ‘NBA Draft.’ It was one of those rare moments in the NBA history that a player was drafted without college credentials. He stood at 6’11’’ and that was a massive add-on to his already exceptional skills.
His entry helped the ‘Clippers’ to have their best season thus far in 2005-06. Shaun played a huge role in his team’s achievements and performed consistently.
During his first two seasons, he played 91 games and scored with an average of 6.3 points per game. It was a great average considering the fact that he played as a point guard in most games. However, the year 2007did not go well for Shaun, as he suffered a knee injury and missed 39 games during the season. Playing against ‘Charlotte Bobcats,’ he dislocated his knee cap in February 2007. For some time, it was also said that his leg might be amputated. It took him several months to be able to walk again and a few more months to resume playing.
After the 2007-08 season, ‘Clippers’ did not renew his contract and made him a free agent. ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’ and ‘Portland Trail Blazers’ were keen to sign him, but he decided to go with ‘Miami Heat.’ In the first four games with ‘Heat,’ he averaged 2.3points per game.
Around this time, his career faced uncertainties, as he was signed and waived off frequently by ‘Memphis Grizzlies’ and ‘Oklahoma City Thunder.’
In July 2010, he was signed a two years contract with ‘Charlotte Bobcats.’ He played 73 regular season games with ‘Charlotte Bobcats’ and averaged 6.6 points per game during the 2010-11 season. He was traded to ‘Milwaukee Bucks’ and ‘Houston Rockets.’ His bad luck continued into the 2010s; he was signed by ‘Washington Wizards in 2012 and was waived off a few months later.
In July 2013, he was acquired by ‘Brooklyn Nets.’ In a November 2013 game, he scored the season high of 23 points against ‘Portland Trail Blazers.’ Shaun had the best season of his career with the ‘Nets,’ as he played 76 games and scored with an average of 8.3 points per game and 3.2 assists.
In 2014, he was signed by the ‘Golden State Warriors’ for a three years contract. However, he suffered an injury in August and stayed out of the game for a few weeks. He made a comeback and helped his team win the 2015 ‘NBA Championship.’
After their defeat in the 2016 NBA finals, the ‘Golden State Warriors’ made a strong comeback in the next season and defeated ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ to win the ‘NBA’ title.
In 2017, Shaun’s contract was extended and he once again played a huge role in his team winning the NBA title (2018).
In 2019, he was released by ‘Warriors’ after which he did not find any takers; he announced his retirement from the game on September 13, 2019.
Family & Personal Life
Shaun Livingston is a protestant and follows the Lutheran faith.
He donated $1 million to his alma mater ‘Concordia Lutheran High School,’ in April 2016.
He is married to Puerto Rican model Joanna Williams and the couple has a daughter, Tyler Marie.