NBA Rookie Usman Garuba Explains 13 Unbelievable Facts About Him

13 Unbelievable Facts You Never Know About Usman Garuba

Today we are going to talk about a new NBA prospect that has proved his skill not only on the National level but also internationally at a very young age. Usman Garuba, from the country of olives: Spain.

The Country is famous for its rivers, abundance of olives, and brave bullfighters. (4:01- 4:05 sec)

We will go in-depth and find some details about this young man and will discover about his past achievements and will showcase 13 Unbelievable Facts You Never Know About Usman Garuba we bet You never knew about.

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Make sure to stay until the number 1 Unbelievable fact to find out why Usman Garuba needs to pay Real Madrid until 2025! And were not talking about pennies here, its millions

Number 13

Usman Garuba Alari was born on 9th march, 2002, in the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain. Garuba was raised in the neighborhood of Villa-Verde Alto, ward of Madrid City.

His parents are from the Benin City of Nigeria. They fled to Brussels and took refuge there to escape the conflict in their hometown. Then in the 1990s, they moved to the city of Madrid. His father, Mustapha Alari, works for a multinational company, Bimbo, and his mother, Betty Alari, works for the Azuqueca employment program. Usman has siblings, a younger brother Sediq and a younger sister, Uki.

Number 12

Usman was listed as a central and power-forward position player for the Real Madrid team, which plays for the Liga ACB and the Euro-League. Garuba’s stands at a tall height of six feet and eight inches with an impressive wingspan of seven-foot two inches and a weight of 104 kg which is around 229 pounds, which is quite ideal for a basketball player.

Number 11

So how did Usman ended up choosing Basketball as his career? He lived in Madrid Spain which has acquired some legendry players like David Beckham, Kaka, Gareth bale and who can forget Cristiano Ronaldo. It would not be a surprise that the young Garuba was passionate about being a football player as he wanted to play in the same team these legends have been a part of. Unfortunately for this Tall kid, his height was the cause of a sudden switch from football to basketball as his height was problematic and limited his movements and put up his center of gravity too much that he was having a hard time playing soccer. Hence he left his original passion to pursue a much more profitable sport basketball and as a young remarkable boy, Usman quickly moved on and decided that he would play basketball and made it a part of his life.

Number 10

Everyone admires there role model or hero and wants to follow him. Usman decided to follow the footsteps of his idol Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was a former professional basketball player. A legend, who has earned NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) 6 times, has been NBA All-Star 19 times and selected as All-NBA selection 15 times.

Number 9

Usman Garuba Alari is also active on social media. He has an Instagram account with 34.5K followers. He mostly posts the pictures from his match highlights. He is a friendly guy and is always seen smiling. He also has a Twitter account with almost 14k followers. His content on social media is filled with basketball. So we can say that his whole life is full of basketballs.

Number 8

In 2012, he was only nine years old and he enrolled at the municipal basketball school of Azuqueca CB. There he learned to play the game under the supervision of his coach and coordinator, David Serrano. After only two years of training, he was already good enough to be drafted into the lower categories of Real Madrid. At that time, he was merely six foot two and a half inches tall, which is not that good for a basketball player, but he was growing tall really fast. So, it was not a big problem.

Well, size doesn’t matter the way you play the game matters…Right?

Number 7

In 2015, Garuba earned his first achievement in the World of basketball after helping his team win the under-14 Spanish club tournament, Minicopa Endesa. His debut was marked with triumph after scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds in a win over the Valencia basket. Garuba then went on to push his luck even further and he won yet another Minicopa Endesa tournament for his Real Madrid in the following year. This time he garnered his first individual achievement becoming MVP of the season as he scored 32 points against Juventus de Badalona in the final.

Number 6

Usman Garuba continued to excel in his career and proved his mettle, at Adidas next-generation tournament of 2018, as a player for the real Madrid under-18 team at the Munich qualifying tournament. He had to skip a few years just because of a quadriceps injury because he wanted to recover completely before taking part in any game. But of course, this proved to be a good decision for the upstart player since he was selected to the all-tournament team despite this being his first time and being one of the youngest players to compete. So in the final Tournament, he was named ANGT Rising Star after scoring 12 points and 6.5 rebounds for his team. The following year later he was once again named MVP of the entire tournament after averaging 16.5 points7 rebounds, and almost 4 assists per game. Garuba became unstoppable and led real Madrid to the championship and eventually joined the all-tournament team once again but this time with another good player Mario Nakić.

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His professional career has also been a big hit. In the 2017–2018 season, Usman Garuba was finally signed up for the Real Madrid B., a team which is the reserve team of Real Madrid in the Liga EBAa fourth-tier league in Spain. In 11 games that he participated in, he contributed an average of 11.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per match. This tallboy now went for another year and in the 2018 – 2019 season, This dope player was able to improve on his stats and playtime, where he averaged 14.6 points, 12 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 blocks for each of his 22 Liga EBA appearances.

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When he was just 16 years and about seven months old, Usman Garuba made his debut playing with tough timers of Real Madrid in the Liga ACB. At such a young age, Garuba effectively became the youngest center player to ever join in the history of the ACB and the third-youngest Real Madrid debutant, next to Luka Dončić and Roberto Núñez.

Just a year later, Garuba finally became a full-time member of the Real Madrid senior team and since he was a little over 17 years old at the time, he booted out Dončić as the youngest starter ever. He wasn’t just there for the show, so he proved himself once again by being a reliable ally who shot 13 points and chipped in 10 rebounds in a win over UCAM Murcia. As a result, he became the youngest to score a double-double in ACB’s history. He didn’t just stop there and added one more title to his belt after joining the Euro league on October 30, 2019. There he debuted against Bayern Munich with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and three steals. This Youngblood showcased his talents in the next seasons as well and improved his stats time-by-time. He not only defeated Alba Berlin but also left Joventut Badalona and Anadolu Efes in dirt scoring and earned Euro League rising stars honors.

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Did you know? But even before his prime time with Real Madrid, Garuba was already playing solid basketball for his country-land and proving his skills even before joining the Liga and euro league. That’s true back in 2016, he started his FIBA journey by joining the under-16 European championship, leading his team to a gold medal and he also became the youngest MVP at the ripe age of 14. He averaged 16.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game and earned victory for his team. In the finals match against Lithuania, he even backed the triple-double, joining the ranks of Dario Šarić and Ricky Rubio. Usman continued his FIBA career and he earned silver and gold in the Under-18 European Championships of 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Number 2

Usman is a chiseled guy filled with energy and packs power within. He gives his all in the game and never stays back. His tall height is really helpful in his game. But as a human being, he has both strengths and weaknesses. Here is a deep and critical comparison of his abilities done by Amir Johnson, an experienced NBA player of Philadelphia 76’ers on the NBA draft website.


“Energy guy plays with no fear … Runs the floor like a deer… Excellent leaper… Has an NBA body… Likes to play physical, doesn’t shy way of contact on both ends of the floor … Has a good basketball I.Q … Good passer when he is Posting Up … Has improved as a passer in Pick and Roll situations after doing a short roll … Moves very well without the ball, doing timely cuts to the basket either from the baseline or from the perimeter … He is a one-man defense … Can guard all five positions … Elite lateral movement … Able to switch on the perimeter in defensive Pick and Roll and make life miserable for opposing guards … Excellent Post Up defender, knows how to use his physical edge to his advantage… Understands how to fill the passing lanes and gain a lot of steals … Good shot-blocker thanks to his physical profile, leaping ability, and length … Very good help defender”


“He is more a 5 than a 4 for now on offense because of his skillset … He is undersized for a center for the NBA level … Not skilled enough to play as a power forward consistently, but not big enough to play as a center … Shooting mechanics are inconsistent … Pretty limited offensively either as a power forward, or a center … Below average 3-point shooter with FIBA’s 3-point line, which makes it even more of a challenge from the NBA 3-point line … His low shooting percentage from the free-throw line makes it difficult for now to imagine him becoming a scorer in the future … Has no in-between game, he will either shoot a 3 or go hard to the basket since his mid-range shot just isn’t there … Can’t create his own shot, he mostly scores on Pick and Rolls, cuts or after offensive rebounds … His low post game needs a lot of work, he mostly turns and shoots over his left shoulder, which makes him predictable … Can be a little foul-prone when his energy and aggression get the best on him.”

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Number 1

Now it’s time for number 1, according to BasketNews sources,

“If Garuba transfers to the NBA in summer 2022, it will cost him an additional €1M. Every other season in Europe will increase his buyout by another €1M. Garuba’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2025.”

Now that Usman has been selected by Houston rockets he will have to pay €1M to Real Madrid. The average salary of a Euro League player is around $65,000 – $100,000 and Liga ACB is $130,000. Right now, Usman Garuba’s net worth is estimated to be around 0.5M dollars. The Houston Rockets made back-to-back selections after trading up for Alperen Sengun. They selected Usman Garuba In the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft At pick No. 23. The basic salary of Garuba will be around 2 million dollars. With this much amount, he will be able to pay the buyout cost of Real Madrid. smells like it’s going to rain cash.

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