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 assistant coach.
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 occasions.
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 Award.
Van Exel was born November 27, 1971 in Kenosha, WI.