Sam Merrill's stats: Highlighted is the player’s basketball profile

Sam Merrill's stats: Highlighted is the player’s basketball profile

Steve Njuguna
updated at January 19, 2024 at 12:48 PM

Sam Merill is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. Sam has played on various NBA teams as a shooting guard. This article goes into Merrill's playing career, stats and background.

Sam Merill stats
Sam Merrill during a game for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller
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Sam was one of the best collegiate basketball players at Utah State University between 2016 and 2020. He joined the NBA during the 2020 draft and won the championship during his rookie season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks playing roster. Highlighted here is the player’s basketball profile and some fascinating facts.

Sam Merrill's profile summary


Sam Merrill

Date of birth

May 15th 1996

Place of birth




Martial status

Married Kanyan Ward in 2018


One daughter


Professional basketball player

High school career

Bountiful High School, Utah

Collegiate career

Utah State University

NBA career

Milwaukee Bucks

Memphis Grizzlies

Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA G-League career

Memphis Hustle

Cleveland Charge

Career honours

NBA Champion (2021)

Playing career

2020- ongoing

Net worth

$1.5 million

Social media


How old is Sam Merrill?

Sam Merrill (aged 27 as of January 2024) was born on 15th May 1996. His official Utah State profile states John and Jenny Merrill are his parents, and they also attended Utah State University.

Sam Merrill's stats

As of January 18th 2024, according to records, the right-hand shooter, Sam Merrill, has played 65 pro basketball games, amassing 710 minutes. He averages 5.0 points per game, totalling 323 points. His stats include 16.4 points per 36 minutes, 41.6% field goal, 40.2% three-point, and 47.2% two-point shooting.

Merrill maintains an 83.3% free-throw percentage and 57.7% effective field-goal percentage, with 96 rebounds, 20 steals, two blocks, and 66 assists in his career. Per game, he averages 1.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds.

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Sam Merrill during his time at the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021. Photo by Michael Reaves
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How did Sam Merrill play in college?

Sam Merrill played for Utah State University between 2016 and 2020. He was an exceptional player, averaging 16.6 points per game and leading USU to the 2020 NCAA tournament.


As of 19 January 2024, Sam has accumulated the following honours:

  1. Mountain West Player of the Year (2019)
  2. Senior CLASS first-team All-American (2020)
  3. Mountain West Tournament MVP (2019, 2020)
  4. First-team all-Mountain West (2019, 2020)
  5. 2019 Third-team All-American (Stadium)
  6. AP Honorable Mention All-American (2019)
  7. USBWA all-District VIII (2019, 2020)
  8. USBWA District VIII Player of the Year (2020)
  9. NABC first-team all-District 17 (2019, 2020)
  10. Third-team all-Mountain West (2018)
  11. Academic All-Mountain West (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  12. Whitesides Scholar-Athlete (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
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Sam Merrill passes a ball while at Utah State during the 2018 season. Photo by David Becker
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What is Sam Merill's net worth?

Sam Merrill has an estimated net worth of $1,5 million. This comes from his wages as an NBA and NBA G-League player.

What is Sam Merrill's salary?

In December 2023, Sam Merrill signed a 3-year, $5 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, including $2,8 million guaranteed and an annual average salary of $1,6 million. In 2023-24, Sam will allegedly earn a base salary of $1,9 million while carrying a cap hit of $1,9 million and a dead cap value estimated to be the same amount, as per Spotrac.

Frequently asked questions

Sam Merill has become popular over the years through his playing style and general character. Here are some questions that fans frequently ask about him:

Which church does Sam Merrill go to?

Sam is a member of the Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints. He missed two years before his first year at USU while on a church preaching mission to Nicaragua.

Does Sam Merrill have a wife?

According to sources, Sam Merill married Kanyan Ward while still at USU in 2018. Kanyan is a former soccer player who also played for the university. The two welcomed a baby daughter in 2022.

What is Sam Merill's height?

Sam's height is 6 ft 4 in (193 cm). His tall height is a quality that helps him on the court in terms of rebounding.

Is Sam Merrill on Instagram?

Sam Merrill is on Instagram as @smerrill05. As of January 2024, he has 20,600 followers. He mostly posts content about his family and highlights from his playing career.

Final word

Sam Merrill's stats prove he has settled down well in Cleveland, as the 2023/2024 season has seen an upturn in his performances. He is one of the players to watch out for as the NBA season edges towards the playoffs.

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