Larry Drew was named the 13th head coach in franchise history on June 3, 2013, after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
While in Atlanta, Drew, 55, guided the Hawks to three consecutive postseason appearances, including a First Round series victory over Orlando in 2011. His career record as a head coach in the NBA is 128-102 (.557), including a 10-14 (.417) mark in postseason play. Prior to becoming a head coach, Drew was the lead assistant coach with the Hawks for six seasons (2004-2010).
Before arriving in Atlanta, Drew was an assistant with the New Jersey Nets and Byron Scott after spending the previous three seasons (2000-03) with the Washington Wizards in a similar capacity under Doug Collins.
Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach in 1999-2000 with Detroit under Alvin Gentry. His coaching career began in 1992-93 when he broke into the ranks with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he played for from 1989-91.
In his 11-year playing career, Drew averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists in 714 career games for four NBA teams. After one season in Detroit, he played the next five years with the Kings, in Kansas City and Sacramento (1981-86), and his final four in Los Angeles (1986-91), for the Clippers and the Lakers. Drew also played one season internationally, 1988-89, with Scavolini of the Italian League.
He was a first round selection in the 1980 NBA Draft – 17th overall by the Pistons – and he reached postseason play four times in his professional career (31 games). Drew recorded his best season during the 1982-83 campaign, when he averaged 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 1.7 steals for Kansas City.
Born April 2, 1958 in Kansas City, Kan., Drew played four seasons at the University of Missouri, where he averaged 12.0 points and 2.8 rebounds after a stellar high school career locally at Wyandotte High. He and his wife Sharon have three children, Larry, Landon and Lindsey.