Birthplace: Queens, NY
NBA Seasons: 17
All Star Appearances: 1
Last Nov. 13, Metta World Peace became the first of eight new co-captains to sign with the BIG3, joining the Killer 3s. Born Ronald William Artest Jr., Ron legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 and went on to build a storied history including an NBA title, an All-Star appearance, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Metta played for six NBA teams over the course of 17 seasons. He was the 16th overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft, selected by the Chicago Bulls. With the Indiana Pacers in 2004, Metta earned his All-Star nod and Defensive Player of the Year Award. After stints with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, Metta signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and helped them win the 2010 NBA Championship – scoring 20 points in the decisive Game 7 win over the Celtics. After a brief stint with the New York Knicks, Metta played professionally in China and Italy before returning for a second tour of duty with the Lakers in 2015. In 991 career NBA games, Metta averaged 13.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He finished his career with 1,721 steals, ranked 22nd in NBA history.
Metta played collegiately at St. John’s, where he earned All-Big East honors in 1999 and helped the Red Storm reach the Elite Eight that year.
In addition to his basketball prowess, Metta has been a popular entertainment figure, having appeared on Dancing With the Stars, Key and Peele, and Celebrity Big Brother.