Dan Majerle

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Dan Majerle
Dan Majerle in 2009.jpg
Majerle in 2009 as Phoenix Suns assistant coach
Grand Canyon Antelopes
Head coach
Personal information
Born (1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 48)
Traverse City, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
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
Number 9
Coaching career 2008–present
Career history
As player:
19881995 Phoenix Suns
1995–1996 Cleveland Cavaliers
19962001 Miami Heat
2001–2002 Phoenix Suns
As coach:
20082013 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)
3-Pointers 1,360
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Lewis Majerle (/ˈmɑrl/; born September 9, 1965) is a retired American of Serbian ancestry, 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.[1]


Majerle was born in Traverse City, Michigan. He starred for Traverse City High School (now Traverse City Central High School) and Central Michigan University.

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.[2] 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.[3] His nephew, Ryan Majerle played for the 2011–12 University of Toledo Rockets men's basketball team[4] 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.[5]

Coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Grand Canyon (Western Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Grand Canyon 15–15 10–6 CIT First Round
Grand Canyon: 15–15 10–6
Total: 15–15

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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