Mo Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He started his high school basketball at St. Petersburg's Gibb's High School. Mo transferred to Admiral Farragut Academy where he played for one year before finishing a post-grad year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Speights was listed as the No. 13 power forward and the No. 51 player in the nation in 2006. His top 3 school options included Florida, Memphis, and Miami.
Mo began his career at the University of Florida in 2006–07, where he was part of a national championship team playing with fellow future NBA players Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Corey Brewer.
Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. Speights confirmed with Florida coach Billy Donovan on June 12, 2008 that he would not be returning to the Gators.
In 2008 Mo was the 16th pick the NBA draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76er's.
From there Mo carved out more than a decade of success with different teams, including winning a World Championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2012)
Memphis Grizzlies (2012–2013)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2013)
Golden State Warriors (2013–2016)
Los Angeles Clippers (2016–2017)
Orlando Magic (2017–2018)
Guangzhou Long-Lions (2018–present)