McKinney named Director of Scouting


McKinney named director of scouting

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June 10, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have named Billy McKinney to the position of Director of Scouting, General Manager John Hammond announced today. McKinney comes to the Bucks with 30 years of NBA experience as a player, assistant coach, scout, administrator or broadcaster. For the last four seasons, McKinney worked as the radio analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“With 30 years in the NBA, Billy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization,” said Hammond. “I respect his strong work ethic and passion for the game of basketball.”

Prior to joining the Timberwolves broadcast team, McKinney served as executive vice president of the Seattle Supersonics and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Additionally, he partnered with play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro behind the microphone to provide analysis for all Sonics television and radio broadcasts.

A sixth round selection in the 1977 NBA Draft, McKinney played seven seasons in the league beginning with the Kansas City Kings. He also played for the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, San Diego Clippers and Chicago Bulls. In 476 games, McKinney averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

McKinney began his front office career with Chicago in 1985, and in 1987, he was promoted to assistant vice president of basketball operations. In 1988, McKinney became the Timberwolves first director of player personnel. From 1992-95, he worked for the Detroit Pistons, two seasons as director of player personnel and one as vice president of basketball operations. McKinney joined the Sonics organization in 1995 and was named executive vice president of basketball operations for Seattle in 1998. In 2002, he added the title of general manager for the Storm and in 2004 Seattle won the WNBA Championship.

McKinney attended Northwestern University where he received a degree in education.