If the list below is anything to go by, then it’s evident that NBA stars are not only addicted to beauty but brains as well.
The brains come in handy because getting hitched to a professional baller is no cupcake, with the publicity and fame. Besides, it takes a strong and dedicated woman to handle those hunky ballers most of us only get to see on TV – height, abs and all.
Behold, these 20 strong; bold and beautiful ladies who are either dating or married to NBA players.
Vanessa Laine-Bryant got married to Kobe Bryant at 18 years of age while Kobe was 21. Ever since, she has been supportive despite their parents fearing the marriage wouldn’t last since they were so young.
However, the two have proved that true love never dies even though their relationship is one that’s hard to keep up with. Vanessa had filed for divorce in December 2011, claiming the ex-La Lakers star cheated on her severally. But the former dancer called off their split in late 2013 and they have since been very happy together. They have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna, and are expecting their third.
Recall the queen that business mogul Russell Simmons was flaunting to the media back in 2008? That was Allen, now famously known as Mrs. Harris.
Obviously, Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris won the bargain.
Allen is a soft-core model and TV reality personality from Dallas, TX. She was the January 2008 Playboy Cyber Playmate of the month.
She pulled the plug on her relationship with the mogul and moved on to marry NBA Point Guard Devin Harris. They got married in 2011 and now have two children together.
Silvia Lopez Castro
This cutie is the woman who has stolen Pau Gasol’s heart. Lopez-Castro is a gymnast and currently works for Dream Cheers as a cheerleader.
Pau met his alleged fiance when she was still working as a Cheerleader at Poland’s Eurobasket tournament, where Pau’s team and home country Spain won the gold medal in 2009. The two now live together in Manhattan Beach.
Elaine is a lingerie model and former beauty pageant contestant from Florida. She is also a blogger and blogs about beauty, style, fitness, and motherhood. She married Landry Fields in 2014 and they both have one son, Jackson James Fields. Scorching hot Elaine was modeling while Toronto guard Landry Fields was playing for the New York Knicks at the time they met. Since then, love has ruled their world.
Meet Aleka Kamila, the stunning wife of retired NBA star Peja Stojakovic. She is a Greek fashion model who has seen massive success in her career. Kamila has been featured on the magazine covers of Marie Claire, Esquire, Madame and much more.
In addition, Aleka has worked on several TV shows. Peja and Aleka have three children. The marriage between ex-Sacramento Kings and Kamila has been working just fine despite all the negative speculations. The family lives together in Glyfada, Greece.
Brandi Padilla-Garnett is the wife of the honorific NBA player, Kevin Garnett. They got married in 2004 after a prolonged relationship.
They are still happily married and currently living in Concord, Maryland with their cute daughters who are now the highlight of the family for the media as well as their fans.
Shannon Walker Williams
Ray Allen married one of the most beautiful and talented actresses around, Shannon Walker Williams. The wife of the NBA free Agent who is also a singer has been married since 2008 and they are still waxing strong till date with three children. Shannon has featured in movies such as Girlfight (2000), Bamboozled (2000) and Britney, Baby, One More Time (2002).
Brandi Maxiell is another clearly hot basketball wife who is married to NBA player Jason Maxiell. The stunner now represents strength after fighting ovarian cancer for years following a 2007 diagnosis.
The couple’s love has grown bigger and bigger over the years. While she was battling cancer, her husband and former NBA player Jason Maxiell had a big chop as a tribute. She ended up winning the war and the loved-up couple went on a tour to Africa to celebrate.
Beautiful Porschala Coleman is another basketball wife who was taken away from Russell Simmons – the former model has previously been romantically linked to Russell and the relationship is said to have lasted for a while in 2008.
However, she is now married to one of NBA’s favorite faces, Jason Kidd. They have been married since 2011 in a seemingly private wedding. They have a son together, born in January 2010. Porschla is an American actress, former model and TV host.
Famous baller Wayne Ellington started courting Altschuler when she was a student at Drexel University. That was when he just began his trip to becoming the Brooklyn Nets Shooting-Guard.
In 2014, the two separated but were able to make up later on. They are now engaged and are hoping to make it work forever.
Gorgeous Gabrielle Union is a model and actress who began her career in the 90s. She is famous for her role in the cheerleader movie Bring It On. She was romantically linked to an NBA-player-now-coach Jason Kidd while in high school until he suddenly busted the affair in her father’s presence. She nonetheless found another NBA lover and good enough, her husband is one of the monumental faces in NBA – Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade.
For what Amelia and Al Horford showed in their love life, we know that their fairytale love will last for an eternity. Amelia got married to the Atlanta Hawks Power-Forward player in 2011 in the Dominican Republic where they both grew up. The beauty is a Dominican actress, singer, model, and beauty queen who became the first Dominican woman to win Miss universe.
Keri Hilson and her NBA bae Serge Ibaka, despite all the rumours of their breakup, don’t look like they ending it anytime soon. The bombshell singer, songwriter, actress and record producer has been supportive of Ibaka. She has been spotted severally in courtside at the game.
LeBron James surely hit the jackpot in high school when he met Savannah Brinson. The two dated for over ten years before tying the knot in 2013.
Savannah is a unique, fabulous and one hell accomplished woman now. She started a kids’ furniture line with James in 2010. The business was named Home Court by LeBron James and it sells everything from dresses to beds and desks. Again, Savannah opened big Miami-based juice bars called The Juice Spot in 2013. The spot, as the name implies, deals in organic, raw unpasteurized cold-pressed juice and smoothies. The stunner’s attitude on the sideline also has boosted her husband’s career over the years.
Yvette is the wife of NBA legend Micheal Jordan. The two talented forces got married in 2013. The stunner from Cuba is not just cute but has got brains as well – she’s a supermodel and also has a degree in business management. Jordan who is the former Chicago Bulls legend made their union official with a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida.
Leia Sergakis is NBA star Kosta Koufos’ fiancé. The former Miss Utah contestant also has the brains and perfect body to reap from the basketball world.
She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Argumentation and Conflict Resolution. Sergakis is deeply in love with her beau and never misses a home game. She is always ecstatic sitting at the FedEx Forum in Memphis to cheer on her Sacramento Kings Center star.
Freeman is an American actress popular for her role as Claire Kyle in the sitcom My Wife and Kids. She previously dated R&B singer Omarion but that didn’t work out. She later found love with former NBA player, now Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns, Earl Watson.
Former NBA player Andrei Kirilenko met his beautiful wife while she was working in a marketing firm for his sponsor Nike. They exchanged “I-do”s in 2001 and have quite a peculiar marriage as she allows Kirilenko to sleep with another woman once each year. Well, as strange as it may sound, it works for them. They are happily married with three children.
Alani Nicole Vazquez-Anthony
Vazquez popularly goes by the name of “La La Anthony.” She is a radio and television personality, New York Times best-selling author, business woman and actress. Plus, she is the wife of New York Knicks Power Forward Carmelo Anthony. Whew! That’s a lot of things to be! What a super woman!
Welch may not be well-known among the basketball wives, but she is definitely among the most beautiful. Alexis Welch and Amar’e Stoudemire are one of those lovers who turned into life partners and have been going strong for a long time.
The Miami Heat Power Forward player married his long-term girlfriend in 2012. But they started dating when they were 19 years old. At the time, Welch was in high school and the baller was playing for Phoenix. They have come a long way today as they have already walked through a decade of their togetherness and are as happy as ever.