Entering his third season as the Hawks’
Player Development Instructor is former NBA point guard Nick Van Exel.
He came to Atlanta from Texas Southern University, where he served as an
A second-round pick of the Los Angeles
Lakers in 1993, Van Exel brings 13 seasons of playing experience to the
coaching staff, in addition to 76 playoff games and one All-Star game
appearance (1998), having tallied career averages of 14.4 points and 6.6
assists (.405 FG%, .794 FT%).
During his Lakers career, “Nick the Quick”
was known as a flashy player who had the ability to deliver points in
bunches and hit a number of game-winning shots. In his five years in
L.A., Van Exel averaged 14.9 points per game and 7.3 assist per game,
finishing in the top ten in the league in that category on two
He joined Denver prior to the 1998-99 season
and spent four years with the Nuggets, raising his scoring average in
almost every season. Over that period, he posted 17.9 ppg and 8.3 apg,
averaging 21.4 points through the first 27 games of the 2001-02 season
before he was traded along with three others to the Dallas Mavericks.
Following two seasons in Dallas, Van Exel
played for three different clubs over the next three years (Golden
State, 2003-04; Portland, 2004-05; and San Antonio, 2005-06) before
calling it a career.
Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team in
1994, Van Exel played his final two collegiate seasons at the University
of Cincinnati, where he led the Bearcats in both points (18.3 ppg) and
assists (4.5 apg) as a senior. He led UC to a Final Four, and earned
third-team All-American honors (AP, Basketball Times and Basketball
Weekly) in addition to being selected as a finalist for the Wooden
Van Exel was born November 27, 1971 in