Ryan McDonough (NBA executive)

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Ryan McDonough
Personal information
Born (1980-11-20) November 20, 1980 (age 38)
Hingham, Massachusetts
Career information
CollegeNorth Carolina
PositionGeneral manager

Ryan Michael McDonough (born November 20, 1980) is the former general manager of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association[1].

McDonough was hired by the Suns on May 7, 2013.[2] He had previously worked for ten years in the Boston Celtics organization, serving in roles including director of international scouting and assistant general manager to former Suns player and head coach Danny Ainge.[3] Under the assistant general manager role, McDonough would get an NBA Finals championship for the Celtics during the 2007–08 season. In his first season as executive of the Suns, he helped recreate the team to give them a 23-win improvement from the 2012–13 season to the 2013–14 season. Despite that, however, he would end up being runner-up for the NBA Executive of the Year Award to R. C. Buford. While McDonough wouldn't reach the same success that he had in his first season with the Suns, he still managed to receive a contract extension with Phoenix on July 19, 2017.[4]

McDonough was fired from his job as the Suns' General Manager on October 8, 2018.[5] Throughout the 2018-19 NBA season, his position was filled by both former vice president of basketball operations James Jones and former assistant general manager Trevor Bukstein.

Personal life[edit]

McDonough is the son of Boston Globe columnist writer Will McDonough, as well as the brother of ESPN sportscaster and former Boston Red Sox sportscaster Sean McDonough and current Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.[6] Ryan is married to Valerie as of July 24, 2015.[7]


  1. ^ "Suns Relieve Ryan McDonough of General Manager Duties".
  2. ^ "Suns Name McDonough General Manager". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive. May 7, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Murphy, Mark (May 8, 2013). "C's Ryan McDonough new GM of Suns". bostonherald.com. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Suns Extend Ryan McDonough as General Manager, Name James Jones Vice President of Basketball Operations". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Suns Relieve Ryan McDonough of General Manager Duties". NBA.com. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Arizona Cardinals promote Terry McDonough to vice president of player personnel
  7. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/07/31/suns-basketball-boss-officially-changes-lon-babby-ryan-mcdonough/30949983/

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Preceded by
Lance Blanks
Phoenix Suns General Manager
Succeeded by
James Jones &
Trevor Bukstein (interim)