Athlete Basketball player

Wayne Selden, Jr.

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican professional basketball player
Is Athlete
Basketball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Birth 30 September 1994, Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, USA
Age26 years
Star signLibra
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 230 lbs
University of Kansas
Sports Teams
Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball


Wayne Anthony Selden Jr. (born September 30, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League. He has previously played for the New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks.

High school career

Selden first attended John D. O’Bryant as a freshman before transferring to Tilton School. There, he averaged 24.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and four assists during his senior year, earning McDonald’s All-America accolades. He was the East team’s second-leading scorer in the McDonald’s All-American game, going 5-for-7 from the field, 2-for-4 from three-point range, for 13 points with five rebounds and three assists and played in the Jordan Brand Classic game. When he graduated, he was considered a five-star player and was ranked No. 14 on the ESPN 100 and No. 12 by

College career

Selden played three years of college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks. As a junior in 2015–16, he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors and was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy. He appeared in 38 games (37 starts) for the Jayhawks during his junior season and averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.9 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from three-point range and 61.2 percent from the free throw line.

On March 29, 2016, Selden declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.

Professional career

Iowa Energy (2016–2017)

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. He was waived by the Grizzlies on October 22, 2016 after appearing in five preseason games. Seven days later, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League as an affiliate of the Grizzlies. In 35 games for Iowa, he averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.6 minutes.

New Orleans Pelicans (2017)

On March 8, 2017, Selden signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. He made his NBA debut six days later, recording two points, three rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes as a starter in a 100–77 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On March 17, 2017, in his third career NBA game, Selden scored 11 points in a 128–112 win over the Houston Rockets.

Memphis Grizzlies (2017–2019)

On March 18, 2017, following the expiration of his 10-day contract with New Orleans, Selden signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. On April 7, 2017, he scored a career-high 13 points in a 101–88 win over the New York Knicks. In his playoff debut on April 15, 2017, he recorded five points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal while starting in Game 1 of the Grizzlies’ first-round match-up with the San Antonio Spurs.

On July 1, 2017, Selden signed a new multi-year contract with the Grizzlies. On November 10, 2017, he was assigned to the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League. He played that night and was recalled by the Grizzlies the following day. Selden missed much of the first half of the 2017–18 season with a right quad injury. On January 20, 2018, he scored a career-high 31 points in a 111–104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Chicago Bulls (2019)

On January 3, 2019, Selden was traded, along with MarShon Brooks and the Grizzlies’ 2019 and 2020 second-round picks, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Justin Holiday.

Shandong Heroes (2019)

Selden is nearing an agreement to join Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jeff Goodman of Stadium reports.

The deal is for one year and will reportedly pay Selden roughly $3.5 million. The Kansas product split last season between the Grizzlies and Bulls, averaging a combined 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds across 75 games, including 13 starts.

South Bay Lakers (2020–present)

On January 17, 2020, Selden was signed by the South Bay Lakers. Selden tallied 28 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in a win over the Iowa Wolves on February 25. He suffered a knee injury on February 29 against the Agua Caliente Clippers and missed the remainder of the season.

National team career

Selden competed for the United States in the 2015 World University Games. He averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in leading Team USA to an 8–0 record and an 84–77 victory over Germany in the gold medal game.

Career statistics

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 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high


Regular season

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NBA G League

Regular season




Personal life

Selden is the son of Wayne Selden Sr. and Lavette Pitts, and has a brother and sister, Anthony Selden and Taylor Guarino-Selden.