Now Serge Ibaka plays center/power forward for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila was produced on September 18, 1989 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Ibaka is among 18 kids (third youngest) produced to parents both of whom played basketball for the Congolese national basketball team. Ibaka played from an extremely young age and used the sport to avoid trouble during what was an otherwise difficult breeding – his mom died and his father was imprisoned throughout the Second Congo War.
Serge Ibaka Net Worth $8 Million
While still a teen he went to France and began playing professionally, although in the 2nd section of the French league. Ibaka subsequently moved to Spain and began playing in its second tier basketball league, although he immediately got the attention of scouts in Spain as well as the NBA due to his athleticism and shot blocking skills. His abilities were enough to get him picked in the 2008 NBA Draft together with the 24th pick from the Seattle SuperSonics, even though the team — which would become the Oklahoma City Thunder – consented to let Ibaka to grow in Europe. Ibaka’s increase as a basketball player continues to be substantial in just four years in the NBA.
Although Ibaka had a natural gift for shot-block which was instantly clear when he came to America, his offensive game has grown in a speed higher than anticipated. In addition to having an variety of low-post moves typical of a large guy, Ibaka has an all-natural jump shot stroke that makes him a viable risk to shoot in the surface. Ibaka’s defensive art has helped make the Thunder one of the very best teams in the NBA and was a large part of the 2012 NBA Finals run. They’d finally lose to the Miami Heat for the tournament. Before the 2012 season, the Thunder drawn out Ibaka’s contract for 4 years and $48 million. Ibaka speaks five languages.