Majerle in 2009 as Phoenix Suns assistant coach
|Grand Canyon Antelopes|
September 9, 1965 |
Traverse City, Michigan
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Listed weight||222 lb (101 kg)|
|High school||Central (Traverse City, Michigan)|
|College||Central Michigan (1984–1988)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Pro playing career||1988–2002|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2008–2013||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2013–present||Grand Canyon (NCAA I)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||10,925 (11.4 ppg)|
|Steals||1,194 (1.3 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Daniel Lewis Majerle (//; born September 9, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes. He played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns, also with the Miami Heat and, briefly, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won a bronze medal with the US national team at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and won a gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship.
The Phoenix Suns selected Majerle with the 14th pick of the 1988 NBA Draft, which the Suns acquired (along with Kevin Johnson) in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Larry Nance. During the draft, he was promptly booed when his name was announced over the public address system. Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons publicly chastised the Suns fans and told them "you'll be sorry you ever booed this young man". His prediction was evident as Majerle was one of the most popular players throughout the years he played in the NBA and was capped on April 17, 2002 when he officially retired in his second stint as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
His "Thunder Dan" nickname originated from his "thunderous" dunks in his early career, but as he grew older his style of play transitioned to that of a perimeter shooter and defensive specialist. He was one of the Suns' better 3-point threats during their '90s playoff runs.
Majerle found his niche as the sixth man off the bench. He was voted an all-star starter by the fans in 1995. He eventually made his way into the starting lineup and continued his great level of play there.
Majerle was inducted into the Suns' "Ring of Honor" on March 9, 2003. In 2006, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In 2003, Majerle made his broadcasting debut covering the 2003 NBA Playoffs for TNT and later became an analyst for ESPN.
Majerle was an assistant head coach for the Phoenix Suns from 2008-2013. He also owns four sports grill restaurants. His nephew, Ryan Majerle played for the 2011–12 University of Toledo Rockets men's basketball team before deciding to transfer to Grand Valley State University.
On March 15, 2013, it was announced that Majerle would coach for Grand Canyon University in their first season as a Division I team.
|Grand Canyon (Western Athletic Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013-14||Grand Canyon||15–15||10–6||CIT First Round|
- List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff 3-point scoring leaders
- Grand Canyon University biography of Majerle
- NBA biography of Majerle
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Dan Majerle at Basketball-Reference.com