Steve Novak

American former professional basketball player

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Steve Novak, American former professional basketball player source: NBA

Former American professional basketball player Steven Michael Novak is now a Fox Sports Wisconsin television analyst for the Milwaukee Bucks. At Marquette University, he was a basketball player in college. Novak alternated between playing power forward and small forward.

Early Life, Family & Education

Steve Novak, a former basketball player, was born to Michael and Jeanne Novak on June 13, 1983, in Libertyville, Illinois.

The high school from which Steve graduated had Michael as its athletic director. During his high school years, his father also served as his coach.

When Steve was younger, he cherished teaching his father how to play basketball in the gym.

Additionally, Steve has three siblings who are also involved in sports, namely Chris Novak, Andrea Novak, and Maggie Novak.

Steve and his brother Chris both participated in high school basketball, according to The Novak brothers also attended different colleges for their undergraduate studies and frequently squared off in court.

Regarding Steve’s educational history, he graduated from Brown Deer High School in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.

Similar to this, Steve attended Marquette University, a private Jesuit Research University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

Age, Height, and Body Measurements

Steve also reached the age of 39 in 2022. With a lean physique and measurements of 6’10” (2.08 m) and 225 lbs (102 kgs), Novak has an athletic build. In a similar vein, Novak has brown hair and blue eyes.

High School Career

Steve played forward throughout his high school career, and as a junior, he averaged 3.4 blocked shots, 12.0 rebounds, and 22.2 points per game.

Similar to this, Novak averaged 10.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 20.6 points per game during his senior year.

Steve earned four varsity letters during his time in high school, which is an honor given to students who excel in extracurricular activities.

In addition, Steve was named the 2002 Wisconsin High School Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Like Novak, Steve has been rated a four-star recruit by due to his impressive stats. In 2002, he reached the #62 player in the country and the #17 small forward rankings.

College Career

Additionally, Steve played his first two seasons of college basketball for Marquette University in 2002–2003.

He participated in 33 games in the 2002–03 season, scoring 6.7 points on average. He wore jersey number 20 while in college.

Additionally, Steve participated in the Final Four as a freshman along with future NBA players Travis Diener and Dwyane Wade, and Novak shot 50.5% from beyond the arc.

Moreover, Steve started 29 out of the 32 games during the 2003–2004 season. He scored 12.5 points per game on average, grabbed 4.6 rebounds, and shot 91.2% from the charity stripe.

Steve started 29 of the 31 games he played in during the 2004–2005 season, increasing his average to 13.5 points per game. He was also the third player on the team.

Nevertheless, during the 2005–2006 season, Novak’s career as a whole improved.

With an average of 17.5 points per game, he led the team. Steve also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and shot 97.4% from the charity stripe.

Steve’s best performance while playing for Marquette came against Notre Dame in Marquette’s first Big East game.

He finished with 41 points, 16 rebounds, and a game-winning 18-foot jumper with 1.1 seconds left to secure the 67-65 victory.

Professional Career

Steve was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft on June 28, 2006, based on his impressive college statistics.

During his rookie campaign with the Rockets, he averaged 0.7 rebounds and 1.5 points in 5.5 minutes per game.

He was absent and inactive during the Houston Rockets playoff run, though.

The Rockets also gave Steve a month-long contract with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League during the 2007–2008 season.

On December 16, 2007, the Rockets called Novak back to the primary group.

A game-winning 3-pointer by Steve with 2.5 seconds left in an 89-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings during the 2008 campaign also helped the Houston Rockets maintain their illustrious 22-game winning streak.

He only made one basket during the entire game, a three-pointer.

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New York Knicks

In addition, Steve was given a $1.4 million deal by the New York Knicks on December 21, 2011.

He led the NBA with a 47.2% 3-point percentage at the end of the 2001–2012 regular season. When it came to 3-point attempts, Steve and Kevin Durant tied for third place with 133.

At the conclusion of the season, Novak also became an unrestricted free agent. On July 9, 2012, he agreed to a four-year, $15 million contract extension with the Knicks.

During his time playing for the Knicks, Novak gathered a sizable following.

While playing for the Knicks, Walt Frazier also gave Novak the nickname “Novakaine.” Steve’s moniker is derived from the medication Novocain.

Additionally, Steve participated in the Foot Locker All-Star Weekend 2012-2013

Post-Retirement Career 

Novak joined the NBA’s Sportscaster U broadcasting boot camp after eleven seasons of NBA play to hone his broadcasting interests and abilities.

Peter Feigin, the president of the Bucks, also made a job offer to Novak after he finished his studies at the Sportscaster U.

The Milwaukee Bucks similarly declared that Steve would start working for them on September 20, 2017, as a pre-and post-game analyst for Milwaukee Bucks broadcasts on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

Similar to this, Steve occasionally makes commentary for Wisconsin Herd, an NBA G League team for the Bucks.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Basketball Player of the Year: Gatorade Wisconsin High School Boys – (2001–2002)
  • Conference USA All-Freshman Team- (2002–2003)
  • NIT All-Star Team- 2004
  • Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year- (2002–2003)
  • All-Big East Conference First Team Unanimous Selection- (2005–2006)
  • NCAA 3-Point Shootout Winner- (2005–2006)
  • Number 20 retired at Brown Deer High School- (2005–2006)
  • Marquette Career Mark for three-point field goals- 354
  • Third best with 68 consecutive free throws in NCAA Division I history
  • Led the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage (2011–2012)

Net worth and Salary

Since Steve has been a professional NBA player for about eleven years, he has undoubtedly made a respectable sum of money.

Looking back at Steve’s professional basketball career, he earned between $600,000 and $700,000 while playing for the Houston Rockets.

Similarly, Novak made about $850,000 while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. Similarly, he earned about $350,000 while representing the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.

His salary was also close to $4 million with the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks.

Finally, the final three seasons’ pay while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Oklahoma City Thunder ranged from roughly $400k to $3m.

Thus, after totaling Novak’s career earnings, the following can be said:

Steve Novak has an estimated net worth of $21 million.

 Relationship Status| Wife and Children

Steve and Christina Novak are happily married. The couple allegedly went to the same university and began dating following Steve’s participation in the Final Four.

Additionally, Steve proposed to Christina at a Chicago White Sox game, and they wed in July 2007 after that.

Likewise, Steve and Christina are parents to two kids. Additionally, no sources have information about their kids.

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Steve and his family Source: Google

More specifically, Steve Novak is a Halloween special hard-core decorated because he adds new elements every year. Back in 2020, Steve decked out his Dallas home with a bloody tableau of dummies strewn across the front sidewalk and hanging from the roof.

He did, however, use a projector for zombies and 20 gallons of fake blood. Along with his decorations going viral, several of his neighbors reported him to the police.

Social Media Presence

Twitter– 125.2k followers

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Did Steve Novak attend Boise State University?

The basketball player attended Marquette University instead.

Where is the haunted house owned by Steven Novak?

East Dallas is home to the Steve Novak Halloween house. But it has absolutely nothing to do with the basketball player. In actuality, a different Steve Novak makes his living as an artist.

Has Steve Novak held a position at Morgan Stanley?

The answer is no, the athlete hasn’t done any work for Morgan Stanley.

Where is Steve Novak’s residence?

Currently residing in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Steve Novak works for the Milwaukee Bucks at FOX Sports Wisconsin.

Quick Facts

Full Name Steven Michael Novak
Birth Date June 13, 1983
Age 39 Years Old
Birth Place Libertyville, Illinois
Nickname Novakaine
Religion Not Available
Nationality American
Education Brown Deer Middle/High School, Marquette University
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Michael Novak
Mother’s Name Jeanne Novak
Siblings Chris Novak, Andrea Novak, Maggie Novak
Height 6’10” (2.08 m)
Weight 225 lbs (102 kgs)
Build Athletic
Shoe Size Not Available
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Marital Status Married
Spouse Christina Novak
Children Two
Profession Former Basketball Player, Basketball Analyst
Draft 2006
Number 20, 21, 23, 16, 6
Position Power Forward, Small Forward
Former Teams Houston Rockets
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas Mavericks
Reno Bighorns
Sab Antonio Spurs
New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Oklahoma City Thunder
Milwaukee Bucks
Net Worth $21 million
Awards and Achievements First Team All-Big East- 2006
C-USA Sixth Man of the Year- 2003
Fourth Team Parade All-American- 2003
C-USA All-Freshman Team-2003
Social Media Twitter 


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