Dan Majerle Through the Years
November 3, 2011
"Thunder Dan" Majerle was the 14th pick in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.
Majerle played his college ball at Central Michigan and was selected to the 1988 Olympic team prior to playing in the NBA..
Fans attending the Suns draft in downtown Phoenix booed the selection. Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said they would "rue the day" they booed Dan Majerle. He was right.
Majerle acquired his nickname "Thunder Dan" during his college career to describe his thunderous dunks.
Jeff Hornacek and Majerle celebrate upsetting the Lakers in the 1990 playoffs.
Majerle averaged 13.5 points a game for his career in Phoenix, both during the regular season and in the playoffs.
Majerle uses his strength to dunk over Manute Bol.
Majerle waits his turn to enter the game.
Majerle was featured in a 1991-92 Thundernine calendar. "Thundernine" was also a clothing line.
A sampler -- July.
The Suns donned a new style uniform for the 1992-93 season. Dan is the only Suns player to wear all three styles of Suns uniforms.
Majerle was known for his tremendous work ethic and tenacious defense.
Majerle is the Suns all-time three-point goals made leader with 800.
Majerle hit 36 percent of his three-point attempts both in Phoenix and for his career.
Majerle drives against Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors.
Majerle and the Suns took care of business in the first round of the 1993 NBA Playoffs by beating the Lakers in the last three games of a best-of-five series.
The Suns eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, four games to two.
The Suns then beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the 1993 NBA Finals.
Majerle played in his only NBA Finals as a member of the Suns in 1993 against the Chicago Bulls.
Majerle drew the defensive assignment against Michael Jordan.
Majerle led the Suns in scoring in Game 3, a triple-overtime victory.
Majerle takes it to the basket with Charles Barkley lending support.
Majerle lays one in against Houston as Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson look on.
Majerle defends against the Houston Rockets.
Majerle battles AC Green (left) and Joe Kleine for a rebound.
Majerle played in 595 games as a member of the Suns.
Here's a rare break for Majerle on the bench. Dan led the Suns in minutes for three consecutive seasons. Starting in 1992-93, he logged over 3,000 minutes each season, an average of 39 minutes per game.
Majerle averaged 4.7 rebounds per game for the Suns from his guard position.
Majerle was named to the NBAs All-Defensive Second Team twice while playing for the Suns.
Majerles three-point attempts (2200) and successful shots (800) rank second on the Suns all-time list.
Majerle takes it to the hoop.
Majerle was selected as a member of the United States National Team in 1994 that won the World Championships. Majerle also has a bronze medal from the 1988 Olympics as a member of "Dream Team 2."
Majerle also has a bronze medal from the 1988 Olympics as a member of "Dream Team 2."
Majerle and Kevin Johnson with their 1994 gold medals.
Majerle was the first reserve to be voted into the All-Star starting lineup by fans for the game held in Phoenix in 1995.
Majerle launches a three-pointer over the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter, Reggie Miller.
Majerle with one of his "Thunder Dan" dunks.
Majerle played in his third all star game in Phoenix in 1995.
Majerle against Scotty Pippen in the All-Star game.
Majerle was also a participant in the AT&T Long Distance Shooting contest as part of All-Star Weekend.
Majerle was traded to Cleveland following the 1994-95 season.
Majerle then moved on to Miami where he played until the Suns signed him as a free agent prior to the 2001-02 season.
Majerle played 56 games in his last season with the Suns.
On Februray 1, 2002, Majerle bobbleheads were distributed to the first 5,000 fans attending the game.
Thank you signs for Majerle were given to each fan that attended the Dan Majerle Tribute Night on 4-17-02, Dan's final night as a Suns player.
The Gorilla had his own number 9 to honor Majerle.
Fans arriving early were rewarded with an autograph prior to the game.
Fans thank Dan for his years in Phoenix.
When his final three-point attempt bounced through, Dan was taken out of the game and retired as a player.
Following the final horn of his career, Majerle acknowledges the crowd as he takes on the new challenge of managing and expanding his restaurant franchise.
Majerle opened his first restaurant in downtown Phoenix near AS Airways Center.
Majerle was inducted into the Suns Ring of Honor on 3-9-03, a very appropriate date. The month and year signify his three-point prowess and the day is his jersey number.
Suns owner Jerry Colangelo was on hand for the ceremony.
The sign on the facing of the third deck was unveiled.
The wall on the upper level of US Airways Center honors Majerle to this day.
The Majerle Hustle Award was first presented at the finish of the 2002-03 season.
Majerle became a part-time broadcaster with Gary Bender during the 2004-05 season.
At the 2005 All-Star Game, Majerle took part in his first Shooting Stars competition.
Another successful three-pointer.
Majerle also participated in the McDonald's Celebrity Game at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Majerle had the opportunity to play against some former WNBA players, here being guarded by former Mercury player Nancy Lieberman-Cline.
Majerle takes on the WNBA's Kara Lawson.
Majerle also ran into some former NBA opponents, here greeting Dominique WIlkins.
After several years away from the everyday activities on the court, Majerle became an assistant coach with the Suns in 2008.
Majerle on the bench with the other coaches.
Part of Majerle's coaching duties included heading up the Suns' NBA Las Vegas Summer League team in 2009.
Majerle argues a call during summer league action.
Daniel Lewis "Thunder Dan" Majerle. Phoenix Suns, 1988-95, 2001-02. NBA All-Star 1992, 1993, & 1995 (first reserve voted to start). NBA All-Defensive Team (1991 & 1993). Ring of Honor induction in 2003