Darvin Ham
Darwin Ham WH2004.jpg
Ham with the Detroit Pistons at the White House in 2004
Los Angeles Lakers
PositionHead coach
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1973-07-23) July 23, 1973 (age 49)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
College
NBA draft1996 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–2008
PositionSmall forward
Number35, 31, 21, 8
Coaching career2008–present
Career history
As player:
1996–1997Denver Nuggets
1997Indiana Pacers
1997–1998Washington Wizards
1999CB Granada
19992002Milwaukee Bucks
2002–2003Atlanta Hawks
20032005Detroit Pistons
2006Talk N' Text Phone Pals
2007–2008Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2008Austin Toros
As coach:
20082010Albuquerque Thunderbirds (assistant)
2010–2011New Mexico Thunderbirds
20112013Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
20132018Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20182022Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2022–presentLos Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points1,139 (2.7 ppg)
Rebounds963 (2.3 rpg)
Assists229 (0.5 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Darvin Ham Sr. (born July 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played eight seasons in the NBA from 1996 to 2005 and later for the Philippine Basketball Association and NBA Development League until 2008. He won an NBA championship playing with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

College career

After attending Saginaw High School, Ham went to Texas Tech University in 1993. While playing for Texas Tech, he gained national attention by shattering the backboard on a slam dunk during the 1996 NCAA Tournament against UNC. The dunk shifted momentum for the Red Raiders, catapulting them to the first Sweet Sixteen in school history. The dunk was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.[1]

Ham won the NCAA slam dunk contest in 1996, following former college teammate Lance Hughes' win in 1995. In his 90-game college career, he averaged 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 turnovers in 22.9 minutes, on top of .597 FG and .498 FT shooting.[2]

Professional playing career

Ham was signed by the Denver Nuggets as a free agent on October 1, 1996. He was then traded by Denver[3] to the Indiana Pacers for Jerome Allen in February 1997. Ham then signed as free agent with the Washington Wizards (1997), Milwaukee Bucks (1999), Atlanta Hawks (2002) and Detroit Pistons (2003). In his eight-season 417-game NBA career, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 fouls in 12.4 minutes, on top of .518 FG shooting, though he was not an outside threat, making only 4 3-point field goals in his career.

Ham competed in the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was a member of the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons. His powerful slams earned him the nicknames "Dunkin Darvin" and "Ham Slamwich", as a fan favorite when playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, that carried on into the rest of his career. In his first postseason in Milwaukee, Ham started all five games of the Bucks’ 3-2 first round loss to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Indiana Pacers, while averaging 5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.[4] During his time in Milwaukee, Ham became the namesake of the "Hammer play", now a widespread NBA offensive concept.[5]

In 2005, Ham was a participant in the Basketball Without Borders program that was located in Johannesburg, South Africa and later in 2015 he participated in the Dominican Republic.

On January 17, 2006, Ham was enlisted by the Philippine Basketball Association team Talk N' Text Phone Pals as its replacement import for Damian Cantrell.[6] He only played three games, averaging 16.7 points in the 2006 PBA Fiesta Conference Playoffs, as the Phone Pals eventually lost to Air21 Express in the series, 2–3.[7]

In 2006, Ham served as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Southwest's coverage of the Dallas Mavericks' playoff run. He then became a member of the Orlando Magic summer league team in the Pepsi Pro Summer League from July 10–14, 2006. Ham later on appeared in the 2006 preseason with the New Jersey Nets.

In 2007, Ham had a preseason stint with the Mavericks but was waived on October 24, 2007.[8][9] He was then drafted third overall in the 2007 NBA D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.[10] On April 4, 2008, the Thunderbirds traded Ham to the Austin Toros.[11]

Coaching career

In October 2008, Ham was named an assistant coach for the Thunderbirds.[12] He later served as their head coach. In October 2011, he became an assistant coach on Mike Brown's staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he worked with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard in a player development role.[13]

In June 2011, Ham traveled to Venezuela as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, he worked with Kayte Christensen to conduct basketball clinics for 300 youth from underserved areas and met with Venezuelan sports officials. In so doing, Ham helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to promote greater international understanding and inclusion through sport.[14] He then followed up on these efforts and conducted a second set of clinics for more than 200 youth in Myanmar. This was the first State Department-sponsored sports exchange with Myanmar.[15]


In 2013, he joined the Atlanta Hawks' coaching staff.[16] He helped the Hawks reach the playoffs in four consecutive seasons including making it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2015. In 2014 and 2015, Ham was part of the coaching staff that led the Atlanta Hawks to a divisional title and the number 1 seed in the 2015 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Along with his help in bringing Atlanta to the playoffs, he also assisted four of their starting five into becoming 2015 NBA All-Stars.

In 2018, he followed Mike Budenholzer to Milwaukee, where during the 2019–2020 season, Budenholzer won the NBA's Coach of the Year award. Ham helped lead the team to its best record since 1972.

In 2020–21, Ham helped coach Milwaukee to the its second NBA title in franchise history, beating the Phoenix Suns in six games in the 2021 NBA Finals for their the first championship since 1971.

Ham was hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers on June 3, 2022.[17]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 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
 †  Won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Denver 35 3 8.9 .525 .000 .485 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.2 2.3
1996–97 Indiana 1 0 5.0 1.000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 3.0
1997–98 Washington 71 3 8.9 .529 .000 .473 1.8 0.2 0.3 0.4 2.0
1999–00 Milwaukee 35 21 22.6 .555 .000 .449 4.9 1.2 0.8 0.8 5.1
2000–01 Milwaukee 29 13 18.6 .488 .667 .592 4.2 0.9 0.6 0.7 3.8
2001–02 Milwaukee 70 2 17.3 .569 .143 .504 2.9 1.0 0.4 0.5 4.3
2002–03 Atlanta 75 1 12.3 .447 .000 .481 2.0 0.5 0.2 0.3 2.4
2003–04 Detroit 54 2 9.0 .493 .500 .600 1.7 0.3 0.2 0.1 1.8
2004–05 Detroit 47 0 5.9 .459 .000 .387 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.1 1.0
Career 417 45 12.4 .518 .250 .494 2.3 0.5 0.3 0.4 2.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Milwaukee 5 5 28.8 .647 .000 .333 5.8 1.4 0.2 1.6 5.0
2000–01 Milwaukee 14 6 9.4 .600 .000 .550 1.4 0.4 0.3 0.5 2.1
2003–04 Detroit 22 0 4.9 .500 .000 .000 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.7
2004–05 Detroit 14 0 1.7 .333 .000 1.000 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
Career 55 11 7.4 .569 .000 .516 1.2 0.2 0.1 0.3 1.3

Personal life

Ham is the son of Wilmer Jones-Ham, the first female mayor of Saginaw, serving from 2001 to 2005.[18]

Darvin Ham is married to Deneitra Ham. They both went to Texas Tech.[19] His son, Darvin Ham Jr., played for Northwood University and is, as of the 2021–22 season, employed at Northwood as an assistant coach.[20][21][22]

Ham is a Christian. Ham has said, “First of all, I want to thank God. Coming from where I come from, I was raised in a household with strong, spiritual faith, belief in God and his Son Jesus Christ, so I want to start with that. Everything I’ve been able to overcome in my life, along with the people around me, it's been that spirit that was instilled in me as a youngster.”[23]

References

  1. ^ "Darvin Ham continues to relish Texas Tech roots". lubbockonline.com Retrieved on July 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Darvin Ham NBA & ABA Statistics. Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved on November 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Darvin Ham career stats". TSN. Archived from the original on September 10, 2011.
  4. ^ 2000 NBA Eastern Conference First Round Bucks vs. Pacers
  5. ^ Falk, Ben. "Friday Film: Hammer, Marc, Weak". Cleaning the Glass. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Pals take former Piston[dead link]
  7. ^ Leongson, Randolph (May 28, 2022). "LOOKBACK: The PBA stint of incoming Lakers coach Darvin Ham". Spin.ph. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Mavericks waive Ham and Newson". Yahoo!. October 24, 2007. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
  9. ^ "Darvin Ham game log". NBA. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008.
  10. ^ Murrieta, J. P (November 1, 2007). "Albuquerque Thunderbirds draft Texas Tech product". KOB.com. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
  11. ^ Thunderbirds trade their #1 draft pick. Kob.com. Retrieved on November 22, 2011.
  12. ^ The Albuquerque Thunderbirds Welcome Their 2008–2009 Coaching Staff Archived December 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Nba.com (November 27, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  13. ^ Lakers hire Darvin Ham, espn.com
  14. ^ "Basketball Players to Visit Venezuela as Sports Envoys | IIP Digital". iipdigital.usembassy.gov. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "US sends basketball players to Burma". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Darvin Ham Returns to Hawks Organization as Assistant Coach - THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ATLANTA HAWKS". www.nba.com.
  17. ^ "Lakers Announce Hiring of Darvin Ham as Head Coach". NBA.com. June 3, 202. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  18. ^ Saginaw Government website. Saginaw-mi.com (November 12, 2001). Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  19. ^ "Faces In The Crowd: Darvin Ham - Texas Tech University - Texas Tech Athletics". www.texastech.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  20. ^ Bridgeport senior Darvin Ham gives verbal commitment to play basketball for Northwood University – MLive.com. Highschoolsports.mlive.com (February 23, 2010). Retrieved on 2011-11-22.
  21. ^ "Former Bridgeport star Darvin Ham develops into versatile forward for Northwood".
  22. ^ "Assistant Coach Darvin Ham". Northwood University Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  23. ^ Claybourn, Cole. "New Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham: God is 'the master of all plans'". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved June 8, 2022.