NBA athletes have tremendous pressure on their shoulders. Not only do they have to play 82 games during the season and try to remain healthy for that stretch of six-to-eight months, but they also have to continue to better themselves during the off-season. If they don’t, another player will gladly come in and take their spot. For some stars, they have families or significant others that help make this schedule a lot easier. Some players have had their special person since high school, while others didn’t meet their special someone until they entered the NBA. Keep reading and see who the top athletes in the NBA are partnered with– some are celebrities while others fly under the radar.
Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor
Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor are the NBA’s favorite couple. They laugh, dance, and joke around with each other whenever they’re together, no matter who’s watching. Taylor is in the music business, signed to Kanye West’s label GOOD Music.
She used to do choreography for Beyonce before signing a record deal. Shumpert won a ring with LeBron James and company in 2016, the same year the couple exchanged vows. They share one daughter together, Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert.
Al Horford and Amelia Vega
All-star and Philadelphia 76ers player Al Horford married Miss Universe. Amelia Vega won the famed title in 2003, but the two didn’t get married until Christmas Eve 2011. The two had their first child in 2015, a boy named Ean.
Since then, they’ve had two more children, a boy, and a girl. The funny thing about their wedding is that everyone came to it thinking it was a regular party, but it was a surprise wedding. Guests arrived, having not known that the two were even engaged!
Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson
Chicago hero and the youngest MVP ever, Derrick Rose, found a wife in Alaina Anderson. The all-star now has two children with Anderson, who is a model. Anderson and Rose tied the knot during the 2017-18 season when he took a hiatus to contemplate his future in the NBA.
Rose also has a young child, Derrick Rose Jr. (PJ Rose), from his previous relationship with Meika Reese. Anderson and Rose have been together for some time now, have two kids together, and their future looks more promising each new day.
Shaquille O’Neal and Dani Nicole
Former superstar Shaquille O’Neal might have a hard time settling on one woman. That, or he enjoys going on dates in other countries with his most recent partners. The latest lady the media caught with Shaq is the Texas model, Dani Nicole.
In July of 2019, paparazzi caught photos of the two getting cozy on a yacht sailing through the beautiful waters of Spain. This came on the heels of people thinking the Diesel was getting back with his ex-wife.
Kevin Love and Kate Bock
There were many speculations that Kevin Love might secretly be married, but those rumors are false. He does have a serious girlfriend, Kate Bock, who’s a successful swimsuit model.
Bock was the Sports Illustrated “Rookie of the Year” in 2013. The couple isn’t shy about their relationship, as they both consistently post about each other on their Instagram pages. The two have only been together for a couple of years, with Love dating other centerfolds before Bock.
Chris Webber and Erika Dates
Chris Webber has a unique distinction of being “that player who called the timeout in college.” He played sensationally in the NBA, almost making up for that costly collegiate mistake. The former power forward may not have any titles, but his steller game spoke for itself.
Webber had a colorful dating history, including the likes of supermodel Tyra Banks. In 2007, he decided to settle down when he found Erika Dates. They ended up married two years later in 2009.
Kawhi Leonard and Kishley Shipley
NBA champion Kawhi Leonard has a reputation for being the quiet, “fun” guy. Not many know about his personal life, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s astounding that this image of him and his wife is even online.
Leonard met Kishele Shipley at college while attending San Diego State University. The two must be a match made in heaven because she prefers to stay out of the spotlight, much like her husband. The two have been together since 2014 and have a daughter. It’s rumored that Shipley welcomed a son in 2019.
Joel Embiid and Anne de Paula
Joel Embiid’s rise to superstardom in the NBA seemingly happened overnight. The big man with the even larger personality is the leader of a young 76ers team that saw their 2019 championship hopes dimish after one of the luckiest shots in playoffs history.
In the locker room, Embiid cried many tears, but his girlfriend Anne de Paula, was there to comfort her man. The two have only been officially been dating for a few months, but it seems as though they’ll be together for the long haul.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant
Early in Kobe Bryant’s career, he dabbled in rap music. One day during the shooting of his “K.O.B.E.” music video, he ran into Vanessa Laine. She was there for a different video shoot, but she caught Bryant’s attention enough for him to make her his wife.
Now, as of 2019, Bryant has four beautiful daughters with Vanessa. In the early phases of their relationship (Kobe was still 18 in the NBA), Kobe would send roses to Vanessa’s high school and pick her up after school.
Chris Paul and Jada Crawley
The masterful point guard and the new leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul married Jada Crawley in 2011. The pair met while in college and have been going strong since.
They have a son, Christopher Paul, and daughter, Camryn Alexis, together. The two attended Wake Forest University and met while Paul played in a basketball tournament. One of Crawley’s passions is fashion, which is something that brings her a ton of joy.
Gordan Hayward and Robyn Hayward
In 2014, Boston Celtics player Gordon Hayward married Robyn Hayward. Both of them are superb athletes too. Robyn ended up ranked 4th best volleyball player in Indiana while helping her team win a state championship.
She passed on playing college volleyball, as she was already dating Gordon. One year after graduating from high school, the two were already getting married! She was a massive help after that gruesome injury Gordon sustained his first year with the Boston Celtics.
Larry Bird and Dinah Mattingly
Larry Bird is one of the best players the NBA has ever seen. The former Celtics legend has several titles, an MVP award, Coach of the Year award, and won Executive of the Year.
On top of all that accomplishment, his most prized possession is his wife, Dinah Mattingly. The two got married in 1989, and have two adopted children together. Before Mattingly, Bird had another wife, Janet Condro, whom he knew since high school. The two had one child together.
Grant Hill and Tamia Hill
Legends in their own right, Tamia and Grant Hill wed in 1999. That’s when Grant was in line to become the next big thing, but injuries slowed him down more than he expected.
Tamia, on the other hand, isn’t a megastar in the music, but she has one of the most classic songs there is with “So Into You.” Their marriage and two kids haven’t slowed them down a bit; Grant is also a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.
Kyrie Irving and Golden
Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving had himself a memorable 2019 off-season. After fleeing Boston for Brooklyn to team up up Kevin Durant, rumors swirled that he proposed to his girlfriend, Golden.
Reports claim that the two have been together since December of 2018. They haven’t officially confirmed the engagement, but the enormous ring spotted on her finger says a lot. TMZ caught a glimpse of the rock while Irving and Golden enjoyed a night out on the town.
Luka Doncic and Anamaria Goltes
After one year in the NBA, Luka Doncic quickly became one of the elite players in the game. He began his career playing professionally in the European league before heading to America so that probably helped his game a bit.
Doncic’s girlfriend, Anamaria Goltes, is a supermodel and is an ambassador for the “Cheek” line by Lisca. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we’re sure Doncic isn’t the only one who sees the beauty in Goltes.
Russell Westbrook and Nina Westbrook
Now a member of the Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook began his career alongside Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City. After Durant fled for the Warriors, Westbrook went on a streak of three consecutive seasons of averaging a triple-double. He did all of this with wife Nina Westbrook cheering him on courtside.
Before she ended up on the sidelines, she played ball herself while attending UCLA. That’s where the two met, both strong advocates of basketball. They got married in 2015, and two years later, they had their first child, Noah Westbrook, the same year Russell won his first MVP.
Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry
The story of these two love birds might be timeless. After becoming friends in their hometown of Charlotte at church, they would end up going to the same college. Ayesha Curry did admit that she noticed Steph when they were younger.
“He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with,” Ayesha had said. “So I made the generalization that maybe he wasn’t for me.” Now, they have three kids together, and Steph is a world champion.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson James
Imagine having someone by your side as you become the player with the most eyes on you at the tender age of 18. That’s how it happened with LeBron James and his then-girlfriend, Savannah Brinson. The two were together since high school, and are now married.
Their relationship is relatively low-key, considering how popular James is today. They also share three children, one of which is following in his dad’s footsteps to be a phenomenal basketball player.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union hold the crowns for king and queen of NBA fashion. Union was more famous than Wade when they first met, thanks to her impressive acting career.
The pair began dating in 2009 and would end up having a bumpy relationship before tying the knot. The superstar couple ended up getting married in 2014, and their romance has only become stronger with time. Union, nine years his senior, knew she wanted to be with Wade when they first met.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mariah Riddlesprigger
The 2019 NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has quickly become an elite NBA player. Many teams passed on”The Greek Freak” during his draft year, but we know the Milwaukee Bucks are delighted to have selected him. Someone we know Antetokoumpo is happy to have picked is Mariah Riddlesprigger.
Riddlesprigger is a Fresno, California native, who played collegiate volleyball at Rice University. We’re sure the two have their cultural differences, with Antetokounmpo being from Athens, Greece, but that won’t stop them from loving each other.
Bradley Beal and Kamiah Adams
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards met his love Kamiah Adams in 2015. Kamiah is an actress and a model who also appeared on the reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. At the time, she was dating rapper Lil’ Fizz. Clearly, that didn’t last.
Beal and Adams now have two kids together. Fans love to follow Adams on Instagram to see what their family is up to. These two have love in their eyes!
Scottie and Larsa Pippen
Larsa Pippen is the second wife of legendary basketball player Scottie Pippen. The couple married in 1997 and have four children together, including Scottie Pippen Jr, and their daughter Sophia, who appeared on the first season of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
Larsa posts plenty of glamour and modeling shots on her Instagram account, which boasts 1.8 million followers. It’s clear she’s living the dream and there’s no doubt that Scottie is enjoying life after retiring from the NBA.
Ray Allen and Shannon Walker Williams
Ray Allen played an impressive 18 seasons in the NBA. His buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals is considered one of the most spectacular plays in NBA history. Allen began dating singer-actress Shannon Walker Williams in 2004.
The couple married on August 16, 2008, and share four children together. Shannon is a former member of the all-girl R&B group Shades, who had a contract with Motown Records. She’s also a talented songwriter and pianist!
Chris and Adrienne Bosh
When Chris Bosh joined the NBA in 2003 he was the fourth overall draft pick by the Toronto Raptors. He proved himself, becoming a five-time NBA All-Star and playing for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. He also found himself an all-star wife in Adrienne Bosh.
The couple married in 2011 and have four kids together. Before she met Bosh, Adrienne was rumored to have dated NBA guard Delonte West and NFL safety DeAngelo Hall.
Stephon and LaTasha Marbury
Stephon Marbury played for the NBA from 1996 until 2009. His teams include the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and the Boston Celtics. Even with all of the trades, he was able to hold onto his love, LaTasha.
LaTasha graduated from college with two degrees: zoology and nursing. The couple was married on September 14, 1999, and have two children together. She also appeared on season 5 of VH1’s Basketball Wives.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan is a man who needs no introduction. Although he’s been retired since 2003, there are very few NBA players who could even be included in a conversation that measured them against Jordan’s talent.
Jordan went through what was then the largest celebrity divorce settlement from his first marriage ($168 million!) but has since found his footing with his wife Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model. The two were married on April 27, 2013 and share identical twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.
JJ Barea and Viviana Ortiz
JJ Barea is one of the most successful Puerto Rican players in NBA history. Playing with the Dallas Mavericks, the point guard helped his team win the 2011 NBA championship before signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Barea married Miss Puerto Rico 2011, Viviana Ortiz. The beauty also placed in the top 16 at the Miss Universe competition. Viviana loves sharing photos of the couple and their kids on Instagram. They’re currently expecting another child to add to the brood!
Derek Fisher and Gloria Govan
NBA great Derek Fisher looks pretty happy in this photo, and why wouldn’t he be? Fisher played for the NBA for an incredible 18 seasons and won five NBA championships playing with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s now dating Gloria Govan, who is the former wife of his teammate, Matt Barnes– yikes!
Govan married Barnes in 2013 but called it off in 2016. After that, she was seen with Fisher, and isn’t shy about posting plenty of beautiful pics of the two on her Instagram!
Eric Bledsoe and Morgan Poole Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe entered the NBA in 2010 and has played point guard and shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bledsoe married his high school sweetheart, Morgan. They met at Parker High School in Alabama in 2008.
The couple has two children together and is expecting their third, a baby boy. It’s rare that NBA players stick with their high school sweetheart, but these two are meant to last!
Devin Harris and Meghan Allen
Devin Harris was the fifth overall draft pick when he joined the NBA in 2004. He’s been a player for several teams, including the Dallas Mavericks from 2004-2008. He met model Meghan Allen, who has appeared on Fear Factor and Playboy.
Allen appeared on The Howard Stern Show where she admitted to dating Devin Harris during a game of “Dumb as a Rock.” The couple got married two years later in 2013 and have two children together.
Tony Parker and Axelle Francine
Tony Parker had a successful career in the NBA, winning four NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs. His love life isn’t so successful, however. He did marry actress Eva Longoria, but that marriage ended in flames when he was caught cheating with Erin Barry, the wife of Parker’s former teammate, Brent Barry.
In 2011, Parker began dating French journalist Axelle Francine, and the couple married on August 2, 2014. Things seem to have settled down for Parker, as they now have two sons together.
Kyle Kuzma and Katya Elise Henry
One of the youngest couples on this list, Kyle Kuzma joined the NBA in 2017 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kuzma has the chance to meet plenty of beautiful women around LA.
He’s currently dating Katya Elise Henry, an Instagram fitness model. There’s no doubt that these two have fun tearing up the town together, and maybe catching a few workouts together in between!
Klay Thompson and Laura Harrier
Klay Thompson is regarded as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. At just 29 years old, Thompson has already accomplished a lot, including three NBA championships with the Warriors, and being named to the NBA All-Star team five times.
He also found all-star love with model-actress Laura Harrier. She’s appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, soap opera One Life to Live, and most recently, BlacKkKlansman. We’ll have to wait and see if this one works out, but they look good together!
Paul George and Daniela Rajic
Los Angeles Clippers Small Forward Paul George is a six-time NBA All-Star at 29 years old. He was the 10th overall draft pick in 2010, joining the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder before landing in LA. That’s where he met model-dancer Daniela Rajic.
It seems as though the two of them are always on vacation or living it up at a lavish party. We can’t say that we blame them: young, rich and good-looking will get you far in life!
Kevin Durant and Cassandra Anderson
When he was still in high school, Kevin Durant was at the top of list for recruits looking to get him signed in the NBA. The incredibly talented small forward joined the Seattle SuperSonics but eventually made his way to Golden State. One of the highest-earning basketball players in the world, Durant has made quite the life for himself.
When looking for a partner, it’s clear that Durant is interested in both brains and beauty. Currently, he’s dating real estate agent Cassandra Anderson. The two keep their relationship out of the media.
Kemba Walker and Ashtyn Montgomery
Kemba Walker joined the NBA after playing college ball with the Connecticut Huskies where he was the second-leading scorer in the nation. He’s earned several awards and is a three-time NBA All-Star. As far as his love life goes, Walker is dating Ashtyn Montgomery.
Montgomery is a sports fan herself. After graduating from Florida State University she worked for the Atlanta Braves and MillerCoors. They’ve been dating for several years, but no signs of a ring yet!
Draymond Green and Hazel Renee
Another NBA player who found love with an Instagram model is Draymond Green. The Golden State Warriors power forward is a three-time NBA champion and three-time NBA All-Star. Previously, he was in a ten-year relationship with Jelissa Hardy, who he had two kids with.
After they split, Green has been spotted dating Hazel Renee. She supports her man at his games, whether Golden State wins or loses but clearly, there’s more to celebrate.
Andrea Bargnani and Nawal Ayoub
Hailing from Rome, Italy, Andrea Bargnani played for the Toronto Raptors from 2006-2013 after playing for the Italian LBA and EuroLeague. After the NBA, he finished his career in Spain.
Bargnani is married to the gorgeous Nawal Ayoub, a beauty queen from Colombia. Ayoub was crowned Miss Earth Lebanon in 2014 and competed in the Miss Earth 2014 pageant. It’s not clear how long the two have been dating, but they certainly make for one sizzling international couple!
David Lee and Caroline Wozniacki
Another athletic power couple makes the list! During his NBA career, David Lee played for top teams– the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and the San Antonio Spurs. After retiring in November 2017 it appears that Lee is focusing more on his love life.
He started dating Danish-Polish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in 2017, and the couple married in June 2019. Serena Williams was one of the bridesmaids.