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Net Worth:
$14 Million
Oct 11, 1955 (68 years old)
Basketball player, Actor, Talent agent
United States of America
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What is Norm Nixon's Net Worth?

Norm Nixon is an American retired professional basketball player who has a net worth of $14 million. That is a combined net worth with his wife of many years, actress/dancer Debbie Allen.

Norm Nixon played in the NBA from 1977 to 1989. He started out with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning NBA championships in 1980 and 1982, and then played for the San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers. Nixon ended his professional playing career in Italy with Scavolini Pesaro. In retirement, Norm launched several business ventures, including being a sports agent for Premier Management group and then Norm Nixon Associates, where he represented big names including Doug Edwards, Cary Grant, Larry Smith, Al Wilson, LL Cool J and TLC. He's also an analyst for all Lakers game on Fox News West.

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Early Life and High School

Norm Nixon was born on October 11, 1955 in Macon, Georgia as the third and youngest son of Mary Jo and Elmer, with his brothers being Ken and Ron. He also has a sister named Elaine. Nixon's parents divorced when he was two years old, and he was subsequently raised by his father, maternal grandmother, and great-aunt in the Methodist faith. As an adolescent, he attended Southwest High School, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track and field. On the basketball team, Nixon led Southwest to the 1973 state championship, and in track and field won a regional title in the high jump. Beyond sports, he played the trumpet in high school and served on the yearbook staff.

Collegiate Career

From 1973 to 1977, Nixon played college basketball at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his four-year career with the Duquesne Dukes, he scored 1,805 points over 104 games, averaging 17.2 points per game. Nixon also recorded 577 career assists, a school record.

Los Angeles Lakers

In the 1977 NBA draft, Nixon was chosen in the first round with the 22nd overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. For his first season with the team, he recorded 13.7 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 1978-79 season, he posted 17.1 points per game and tied the New Jersey Nets' Eddie Jordan with an NBA-leading 201 steals. Nixon had his best season yet in 1979-80, recording 17.6 points per game as he helped lead the Lakers to an NBA championship. This inaugurated the era of the "Showtime Lakers," featuring dominant performances by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Lakers won another NBA championship in 1982, with Nixon leading the team in scoring in the playoffs. Both championships were won 4-2 over the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1983, the Lakers once again faced the 76ers in the NBA Finals, but this time were swept in four games.

San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers

In the 1983 offseason, Nixon was traded to the San Diego Clippers. His first season with the team saw him average 17 points per game in 82 games; he also led the league with 914 total assists. With the Clippers having moved to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season, Nixon averaged 17.2 points per game in 81 games. The following season, he averaged 14.6 points per game in 67 games. Starting in 1986, Nixon's career declined as he was placed on the injured list for over two seasons. He returned for part of the 1988-89 season, averaging 6.8 points per game in 53 games. After that season, Nixon officially retired from NBA playing.

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Post-Retirement Career

Following his NBA retirement, Nixon played briefly with the Italian professional basketball team Scavolini Pesaro in 1989. He later became a sports agent at Premier Management Group, and after that established his own talent agency, Norm Nixon & Associates. Among his other ventures, Nixon served as a radio commentator for the Clippers during the 2004-05 NBA season, and was a studio color analyst for Lakers home games on Fox Sports West.

Personal Life & Real Estate

In 1984, Nixon married entertainment multi-hyphenate Debbie Allen, with whom he had previously appeared in the sports comedy film "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh." Together, they have four children: Vivian, Norman, Tristan, and DeVaughn, the latter two of whom Nixon had from a prior relationship. DeVaughn Nixon portrayed his father in the HBO television series "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty." With his wife, Nixon established the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Culver City, California.

Norm and Debbie own a 6,500 square foot home in Santa Monica. Today the property is likely worth $9-10 million.

Norm Nixon Career Earnings

  • Los Angeles Clippers (1988-89)
    $985 Thousand
  • Los Angeles Clippers (1987-88)
    $985 Thousand
  • Los Angeles Clippers (1985-86)
    $650 Thousand
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