John Hammond (basketball)

American basketball coach and manager

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John Hammond
Orlando Magic
PositionGeneral manager
Personal information
Born (1954-07-19) July 19, 1954 (age 67)
Zion, Illinois
Career information
CollegeGreenville College
Career history
As coach:
1990-1994Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
1996-2000Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2000–2001Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As executive:

John Hammond (born July 19, 1954) is an American basketball executive who is the general manager of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously, Hammond had been the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as the assistant general manager with the Detroit Pistons, where he had also worked as an assistant coach. He had also been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Houston Baptist University. He is a graduate of Greenville College. He has a daughter named Lauryn Hammond, who attended Marquette University. He is known as the General Manager who drafted NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Hammond won the 2010 NBA Executive of the Year Award, the first time a Bucks executive had ever won the award in the team's history.[1] Hammond was credited with building a Bucks team that went from 34 to 46 victories in one season, including a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. He also was responsible for several moves he made before the 2009–10 season, such as drafting Brandon Jennings and bringing in veteran John Salmons in a trade. Both of them played key roles in the Bucks' 2009–10 season.

The Bucks had reached the NBA Playoffs three times during Hammond's seven-year tenure as General Manager, yet had failed to win a playoff series. During one of those three playoff appearances, they had a losing regular season record (38–44) and were swept in the first round, losing each of the four games by an average of 15 points. During Hammond's stewardship the Bucks had posted 240 wins against 318 losses, a winning percentage of .430. The 2013–14 season for the Bucks, the franchise's 46th season, posted a franchise all-time worst record of 15 wins and 67 defeats, a winning percentage of .183, as well as featuring the worst attendance in the NBA. In January 2013, Hammond and Bucks owner Herb Kohl agreed to a three-year contract extension worth approximately $5.5 million.[2] Kohl later sold the team in May 2014.

On May 23, 2017, it was announced that Hammond would sign a five-year deal to be the new general manager of the Orlando Magic alongside friend Jeff Weltman, thus officially ending his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks.[3]


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  3. ^ Denton, John (May 23, 2017). "Magic Name John Hammond General Manager". Retrieved May 24, 2017.

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