Atlanta Hawks: Darvin Ham Joins Coaching Staff

By A.J. Speier
Darvin Ham
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Despite new head coach Mike Budenholzer currently focused on the NBA Finals, the Atlanta Hawks have begun the process of filling out his coaching staff.

On Saturday, the Hawks announced Darvin Ham, a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach for the past two seasons, has been named as a Hawks assistant coach. Ham is the second assistant to be hired this week with Quin Snyder joining on Monday.

“Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level,” Budenholzer said in a news release. “He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way.”

Throughout Ham’s career, he was known for his powerful slams, earning the nicknames “Dunkin Darvin” and “Ham Slamwich” from Detroit Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha. His most notable dunk came at Texas Tech, when he shattered the backboard during the 1996 tournament against North Carolina.

Ham spent eight years in the NBA as a journeyman player. He began his career in 1996 with the Denver Nuggets, before going on to play for the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Hawks and the Pistons, where he was a member of the 2004 champion team.

Following the 2005 season, Ham went overseas to join the Philippine’s basketball team, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters for a year before coming back to America as an NBA D-League player with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and the Austin Toros, where his career ended.

Ham went straight into coaching in 2008 as an assistant with the Thunderbirds. He became their head coach in 2010, but decided to join the Lakers after an unsuccessful 20-30 season.

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