In the National Basketball Association, the most prestigious basketball league in the world, there are several players who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Jehovah’s Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination that stays distinct from mainstream Christianity in terms of its beliefs.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses, which originated late in the year 1870, hold nontrinitarian beliefs. Approximately, there are 8.5 million members including world-famous players and athletes in your favorite list. All are from different races, religions, and nationalities, and believe in one god.
Looking at the NBA players, it is well evident that most of them are Christians, and quite a few are Jehovah’s witnesses. The latest reports show that evidently there are 3 NBA players who are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The controversy related to NBA players who are Jehovah’s Witnesses took place right after a standup comedian, Brittany Schmitt, took her space over the internet to reveal her ex who was an ex-NBA player.
The unwrapped ex-NBA player is currently a Jehovah’s witness, she added. As she kept the player’s name undisclosed, the audience and her fans seemed curious to know who the ex-player could be.
All that the comedian alluded to was that her ex was a gentleman who looks great. So, it is none other than Darren Collison, who retired from the NBA, in late 2019.
What made him take the decision to take a break from his basketball career was to become a Jehovah’s witness.
Who Is Darren Collison?
Darren Collison, born in the year 1987, is an American professional basketball player. He stepped into the NBA in the year 2009, which lasted till 2019.
During his career with the NBA, he was the player who was widely considered to be one of the top point guard prospects. The point guard delivered his best performance for the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings.
He was a shining star in the National Basketball Association. In the year 2019, Darren Collison decided to take a break from his career. He retired in the year 2019 when he was 31 years.
He took this decision to stay focused on his faith for the rest of his life. This made him become a Jehovah’s witness. During the seasons he was a point guard who averaged 6 assists and 11.2 points per game he played with the Pacers.
The reports show that Darren Collison returned to the NBA in December of 2021. He stepped in to sign a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, renowned by the name ‘Lakers’, which was founded in the year 1947.
The players for the Lakers are Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and DeAndre Jordan.
The Other Two NBA Players
Danny Granger and Dewayne Dedmon are the other two NBA players who followed the faith and are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Both Danny Granger and Dewayne Dedmon have similar family backgrounds where they were raised by members who are Jehovah’s witnesses.
Danny Granger, an American former professional basketball player, was one of the top scorers on the team. He played for the Indiana Pacers and spent nine sessions with a team of American professionals based in Indianapolis.
In 2005, Danny was selected 17th overall by the Indiana Pacers. In the years 2007 and 2008, Danny was the team’s leading scorer. The average point he scored was 19.6.
The final player is Dewayne Dedmon. He was tagged to be one of the best players in the National Basketball Association. Reports show that Dewayne Dedmon hasn’t been bested in any championships yet.
Nicknamed “The Mechanic”, the player joined the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League. Later, he entered the Miami Heat for the Orlando Summer League.