Mark Warkentien

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Mark Warkentien (born April 16, 1953 in Huntington, Indiana) is a front office executive for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He currently serves as the team's Director of Player Personnel.[1] He is also the former Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets, where he won the NBA Executive of the Year Award for the 2008–09 NBA season.


Warkentien coached several Southern California college basketball teams before joining Jerry Tarkanian's coaching staff as an assistant at UNLV. He later left the bench to serve as assistant athletic director for the program.

His NBA career began in 1991 with the former Seattle SuperSonics, where he spent three years as scout.

Warkentien then worked for the Portland Trail Blazers for ten seasons. During his time in Portland, Warkentien held several positions, including scout, assistant general manager, and Director of Player Personnel.

He then joined the Cleveland Cavaliers front office as Director of Player Personnel and became the interim GM for the latter half of the 2004-05 season.

Warkentien was elevated to Vice President of Basketball Operations of the Denver Nuggets in 2006, replacing the released Kiki Vandeweghe shortly after the season ended. In his time in Denver he made two blockbuster deals, one involving the Philadelphia 76ers which sent Andre Miller to Philadelphia for Allen Iverson, and the second transaction sending Iverson to Detroit to return Denver native Chauncey Billups home.

He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award for the 2008–09 NBA season. His transactions included sending Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, and signing free-agent Chris Andersen, while moving the Nuggets under the luxury tax at the same time.[2]

On August 3, 2010, the Nuggets declined to extend Warkentien's contract, ending his four-year association with the team.[3]

On January 30, 2011 The New York Knicks agreed to hire Warkentien as a high-level consultant. On February 5, 2011, they named him Director of Pro Player Personnel.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Warkentien graduated from Cal-State Fullerton as a part of the school's 1976 graduating class. He earned a Master's degree in sports leadership from Concordia University Chicago.[5]

Warkentien is married to the former Maureen Trivisonno and has 2 daughters, Kreigh Dannette and Aubrie Jane.

Warkentien's daughter Kreigh appears to be following in her father's footsteps. Kreigh is the assistant athletic director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the same school where her dad coached prior to joining the NBA. She previously served as the director of basketball operations for the university's men's basketball team.[6]


  1. ^ "Front Office". Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Denver's Mark Warkentien named NBA Executive of the Year". May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nuggets make changes in front office". August 3, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Knicks Hire Warkentien as Pro Personnel Director". New York Times. February 5, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Next Step". SLAM. September 30, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "UNLVREBELS.COM Kreigh Warkentien Bio". UNLV. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 

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