|Full Name:||Will Barton|
|Place of Birth:||Baltimore, Maryland|
Will Barton is an American basketball player who currently plays small forward and shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets. He was born on January 6, 1991, in Baltimore, Maryland. Barton grew up in a single-parent household with two siblings, an older sister named Shareena and a brother named Antonio, who was just 11 months younger. He emerged as one of the top high school players in the country in the class of 2010 despite attending four different schools over five years. Barton attended the University of Memphis, where he was Conference USA Freshman of the Year in his first season and Conference USA Player of the Year the following season.
After two seasons at Memphis, Barton went pro and was selected 40th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA Draft. Less than three years into his tenure in Portland, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in February 2015. He has remained with the Nuggets since then and has slowly become one of Denver’s most reliable scorers. Away from the court, Barton has a reputation for being active and entertaining on social media. He is also the father of four kids with four different mothers.
Will Barton began his high school career at Baltimore City College, which is the primary public college preparatory high school in the city of Baltimore. He then enrolled at National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, which is south of Washington D.C. Transferring there forced Barton to repeat his sophomore year of high school.
As a junior, Barton returned to Baltimore, attending Lake Clifton Eastern High School. He then spent his senior year at Brewster Academy, a well-known boarding school in New Hampshire. Despite all of the moving around, Barton was a five-star prospect who was ranked among the top-15 players in his high school class by all of the major recruiting services. He had offers to many big-time programs, including Memphis, Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova, Indiana, and Maryland.
Barton chose to play college basketball at Memphis under head coach Josh Pastner. His younger brother Antonio was also a part of the seven-player recruiting class joining the Tigers that season. Barton immediately became a key contributor for Memphis, averaging 12.3 points per game and earning Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Third-Team All-Conference USA honors.
As a sophomore, Barton took his game to another level, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game. He was named First-Team All-Conference USA and the league’s Player of the Year while helping the Tigers win the Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships.
Barton left Memphis after two seasons and was drafted in the Second Round of the 2012 NBA Draft, 40th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. He appeared in 71 games for the Trail Blazers during his rookie season, including five starts. However, he averaged just four points and two rebounds per game. Despite a few bright moments, Barton contributed sparingly to Portland for the next season and a half before he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in February 2015 along with Víctor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a 2016 first-round pick in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.
After the trade to Denver, Barton immediately received more playing time, averaging 11 points per game for the Nuggets during the remainder of the season. During the summer of 2015, Barton re-signed with the Nuggets and proceeded to have the best season of his career, averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, which earned him consideration for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Barton continued to be an important reserve for the Nuggets and became a semi-regular starter during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. In July 2018, Barton signed another extension to remain with the Nuggets. Unfortunately, he missed three months during the 2018-19 season because of a hip injury. As a result, his production dropped from 15.7 points per game in 2017-18 to just 11.5 points per game in 2018-19. On the bright side, Barton bounced back during the 2019-20 season, averaging 15.1 points and five rebounds per game before the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of 2020, Will Barton has earned roughly $18 million from his basketball career. As a second-round pick, he didn’t receive the same amount of money early in his career as players who were selected in the First Round. However, he started to make up for it with a three-year deal from the Nuggets in 2015 worth $10.6 million and a four-year contract worth $54 million signed in 2018. After leaving Memphis and declaring for the NBA Draft in 2012, Barton signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour.
Will Barton signed a three-year, $2.2 million deal with the Trail Blazers in 2012.
Will Barton signed a three-year, $10.6 million deal with the Denver Nuggets in 2015.
Will Barton signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the Denver Nuggets in 2018.
Will Barton had an unenviable childhood, growing up in Baltimore as the middle child to a single mother, Karen Bush. When his older sister Shareena spent roughly a year in jail for stabbing someone in self-defense, Barton and his younger brother Antonio helped take care of Shareena’s baby while Bush worked at night. The family of four was also forced to live in a one-bedroom home that had just one bed.
As an adult, Barton is reportedly the father of four children, a daughter named Lillian and three sons. The four children have four different mothers. Two of Barton’s sons were born 10 days apart in January 2019. With Barton being romantically linked to several women, it’s difficult to remain up to date on his personal life and current paramour.