Chris Duarte is a professional Canadian-Dominican basketball player. Chris Duarte is currently playing for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Chris Duarte was born Christopher Theoret Duarte on June 13, 1997. He stepped into this world in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada. With this, he is currently 24 years old and holds Canadian-Dominican nationality. Likewise, he follows the Christian religion while his birth sign is Gemini.
Moving on towards his family members, he was born to his mother Ana Luisa. His biological father was a Canadian who died when he was only six months old. Likewise, he grew up with his stepfather Leonardo Duarte. He used to play basketball with his brother, Jean Michael.
Professional Life and Career
Chris began playing basketball when he was thirteen years old. His family relocated to New York, and he accompanied them there for his junior and senior years of high school. Likewise, he took part in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game in 2017. He graduated from high school as the fifth-best player in New York. Several institutions offered him scholarships, but he chose to play for Western Kentucky.
Chris transferred to Northwest Florida State College and joined the basketball team. Similarly, he averaged 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and two steals in 23.3 minutes per game as a freshman. He was also named first-team All-Panhandle Conference at the end of the season and helped his team reach the Elite Eight round of the NJCAA Division I Championship.
Moving on, he revealed his intention to attend Oregon University for his junior year before commencing his sophomore year. In his sophomore season, he averaged 19 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Also, he was chosen as Panhandle Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches. He then transferred to Oregon, where he made his debut against Fresno State. He was selected as the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week. The basketball player concluded the season with a per-game average of 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
Furthermore, he made his Oregon debut against Fresno State on November 5, 2019. He set a junior season-best with 31 points on December 29, shooting 12-of-15 from the field and 6-of-9 from three-point range. During the 2020–21 season, Duarte guided the Ducks to the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen. Likewise, he was voted the 2021 Jerry West Award winner as the best shooting guard in men’s collegiate basketball on April 3, 2021. Moreover, he was also named AP Pac-12 Player of the Year and an AP Third Team All-American. Oregon head coach Dana Altman said in a news conference on March 29, 2021, that Duarte will join the 2021 NBA draft.
The Indiana Pacers picked Duarte with the 13th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He signed with the Pacers on August 4. He made his NBA debut on October 20, setting the Pacers’ team record for most points in a rookie debut with 27 points on 6–9 three-point shooting, five rebounds, and a steal in a 123–122 defeat against the Charlotte Hornets. In a three-point defeat against the Toronto Raptors on October 30, 2021, Duarte achieved a career-best with six assists to go along with 12 points, six rebounds, and a steal.
Being a professional basketball player, Chris is making a handsome amount of money. According to the online resource, he has an estimated net worth of $1-$5 million US dollars.
Reflecting on his relationship status, he is currently in a romantic relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Sylvina Velazquez. The couple is in a relationship for around three years. However, they revealed their relationship in May 2019. Likewise, in September 2019, they revealed that they were having a baby. As on, in February 2020, the couple became parents of their first child; a son named Christopher Jr. At present, they are happily living together.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Enhancing his body measurements, he is 6 feet 5 inches or 1.96 meters tall and weighs around 86 kg or 190 pounds. Likewise, he has curly dark brown hair with a pair of dark brown eyes.
When it comes to his social media handles, he is a verified user on Instagram and Twitter. Furthermore, he has more than 247k followers on Instagram, and over 15.6k followers on Twitter.