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Daniel Lewis Majerle (/ˈmɑːrliː/; born September 9, 1965), also known by the nickname "Thunder Dan", is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes. He played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns, also with the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
and, briefly, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won a bronze medal with the US national team at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and won a gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship.[1]

Contents

1 Biography 2 NBA career

2.1 Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(1988–1995)

2.1.1 1993: Trip to the Finals 2.1.2 Last years in Phoenix

2.2 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(1995–1996) 2.3 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(1996–2001) 2.4 Return to Phoenix (2001–2002)

3 NBA career statistics

3.1 Regular season 3.2 Playoffs

4 Post-NBA career 5 Coaching

5.1 Phoenix Suns 5.2 Grand Canyon University

6 Personal life 7 Head coaching record 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Biography[edit] Majerle was born in Traverse City, Michigan. He starred for Traverse City High School (now Traverse City Central High School) and Central Michigan University, where he played for four years with averages of 21.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. He also used to hold the season record in points scored until Marcus Keene broke them in the 2016-17 season. Majerle's great-grandfather Frank Majerle Sr. emigrated from Yugoslavia (today Slovenia) in 1901 at age 20. Frank Sr. settled in Haring, Michigan and married American-born Anna Suhorepec (anglicised to Suhropetz) whose parents were also from Yugoslavia, more specifically Slovenia. NBA career[edit] Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
(1988–1995)[edit] The Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
selected Majerle with the 14th pick of the 1988 NBA draft, which the Suns acquired (along with Kevin Johnson) in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
for Larry Nance. During the draft, he was promptly booed when his name was announced over the public address system. Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons publicly chastised the Suns fans and told them "you'll be sorry you ever booed this young man". In his rookie season Majerle only played in 54 games and started in 5, averaging 8.6 points as a bench player. The Suns would win 55 games and make the playoffs, and Majerle increased his scoring average to 14.3 points a game as Phoenix advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The young Majerle would continue to be used as a backup for the next two seasons, and would become popular for his impressive jumping ability and "thunderous" slam dunk that would lead to his nickname "Thunder Dan". During the 1989–90 season, he would start in 23 games, increasing his scoring average to 11 points a game as the Suns again advanced to the Western Conference Finals where this time they were eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite another successful season for Majerle and the Suns in the 1990–91 season, they would fall in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz. Majerle had become an effective three-point shooter and defensive specialist, and would be named to the 1990–91 NBA All-Defensive Second team at the conclusion of the season. The 1992 season would feature more improvement for Majerle, who had become an even more effective three-point shooter and defensive specialist. Despite starting in just 15 of the 82 games he played in, Majerle was selected to play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. The Suns again made the playoffs, but lost in the conference semifinals to Portland. In the offseason, Phoenix managed to pull off a major step towards an NBA Title, as they acquired superstar forward Charles Barkley in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. 1993: Trip to the Finals[edit] The Suns had improved significantly with the addition of Barkley, while the trade itself which featured the departure of guard Jeff Hornacek meant that Majerle would now serve as the team's starting shooting guard. The result would be a 62 win season for Phoenix, with Barkley winning the Most Valuable Player Award and Majerle finishing second on the team in scoring while being named to his second NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Majerle also finished first in the NBA in three point field goals made and attempted, and scored 18 points in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game. The Suns entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference, and would defeat the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
and the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
to reach the NBA Finals with Majerle averaging 15 points in the playoffs and posting big games such as a 34-point performance in the 5th game against Seattle. In the Finals, the Suns faced the defending champion Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and Scottie Pippen, and despite having home court advantage the Suns could not beat the 2-time champions who won in 6 games to win 3 championships in a row. Majerle performed well in the Suns win in game 3, scoring 28 points in the crucial win in Chicago. Last years in Phoenix[edit] Majerle would again lead the league in three point field goals and attempts in the 1993–94 season, as the Suns won 56 games and made the playoffs before losing to the eventual champion Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in a 7-game semifinal series. He would then go on to play for Team USA and win in the World Championships in Canada. He would earn another selection to the All-Star game in the following season, scoring 10 points in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game which was held in Phoenix. Despite this, Majerle started in 46 games, playing small forward often as the team now featured Wesley Person at shooting guard and veteran A.C. Green
A.C. Green
at forward. The Suns would go on to again lose in the semifinals to Houston in 7 games, with Majerle being traded in the offseason to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
(1995–1996)[edit] In Cleveland, Majerle was used as a reserve at small forward, starting in 15 of the 82 games behind Chris Mills and averaging 10.6 points a game. The Cavaliers won 47 games before losing to the New York Knicks in a 3-game sweep in the first round, with Majerle increasing his scoring to 16.7 (second on the team) during the series. In the offseason the Cavaliers released Majerle, and he would go on to sign with the Miami Heat. Miami Heat
Miami Heat
(1996–2001)[edit] The Heat were a team with a bright future, as they featured all-stars Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
and Tim Hardaway, and were coached by Pat Riley. Injuries limited Majerle to 36 games during the 1996–97 season, as the Heat managed to win a franchise best 61 games and the Atlantic Division. During the regular season, on December 7, 1996 against the Chicago Bulls, Majerle made a three-pointer with one second remaining to win the game 83-80 and snap the Bulls' NBA record 44 home game winning streak.[2] In the playoffs, the veteran Majerle was in healthy shape, and the Heat beat the up-and-coming Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
in the first round before facing the Knicks in a grueling 7 game series in which Majerle scored 18 points in the sixth game. The Heat would eventually fall to the defending champion Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
in the Eastern Conference Finals in 5 games. Majerle would again play as the team's backup small forward in the 1997–98 season, averaging 7 points a game as one of the team's main three-point threats, and Miami would post another winning season before losing to New York in the first round of the playoffs. The 1998–99 season would be shortened to 50 games as a result of a league lockout, and with teammate Voshon Lenard hurt for much of the season, Majerle stepped in to start in 48 games. Miami won another Atlantic Division title, but again lost to New York in 5 games in the first round. The team continued to use Majerle as a starter during the 1999–2000 season, as he started in 69 of 82 games and again averaged 7 points during the season. In the playoffs, Miami defeated the Detroit Pistons in the first round before facing the Knicks in another 7 game series in which New York again prevailed. Majerle averaged 9 points in the playoffs and led the team with 20 three point field goals. In the 2000 offseason it was revealed that Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
would not play as a result of a kidney disease, and the 2000–01 season would feature new acquisitions such as Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason, and Majerle would serve as a reserve. The Heat would lose in the first round of the playoffs in a sweep to the Charlotte Hornets, and in the offseason Majerle would sign a deal returning to his original team in Phoenix. Return to Phoenix (2001–2002)[edit] In his return to the Suns, Majerle received much praise and applause from the hometown Suns fans, playing in 65 games and leading the team in three point field goals made with 79. His NBA career finished on April 17, 2002 when he officially retired as a member of his original team. NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1988–89 Phoenix 54 5 25.1 .419 .329 .614 3.9 2.4 1.2 0.3 8.6

1989–90 Phoenix 73 23 30.7 .424 .238 .762 5.9 2.6 1.4 0.4 11.1

1990–91 Phoenix 77 7 29.6 .484 .349 .762 5.4 2.8 1.4 0.5 13.6

1991–92 Phoenix 82 15 34.8 .478 .382 .756 5.9 3.3 1.6 0.5 17.3

1992–93 Phoenix 82 82 39.0 .464 .381 .778 4.7 3.8 1.7 0.4 16.9

1993–94 Phoenix 80 76 40.1 .418 .382 .739 4.4 3.4 1.6 0.5 16.5

1994–95 Phoenix 82 46 37.7 .425 .363 .730 4.6 4.1 1.2 0.5 15.6

1995–96 Cleveland 82 15 28.9 .405 .353 .710 3.7 2.6 1.0 0.4 10.6

1996–97 Miami 36 26 35.1 .406 .338 .678 4.5 3.2 1.5 0.4 10.8

1997–98 Miami 72 22 26.8 .419 .376 .784 3.7 2.2 0.9 0.2 7.2

1998–99 Miami 48 48 33.8 .396 .335 .717 4.3 3.1 0.8 0.1 7.0

1999–00 Miami 69 69 33.4 .403 .362 .812 4.8 3.0 1.3 0.2 7.3

2000–01 Miami 53 19 24.6 .336 .315 .818 3.1 1.7 1.0 0.3 5.0

2001–02 Phoenix 65 1 18.2 .343 .336 .590 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.2 4.6

Career 955 454 31.6 .431 .358 .741 4.5 2.9 1.3 0.4 11.4

All-Star 3 1 19.3 .429 .333 .750 5.0 2.7 0.3 0.7 10.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1989 Phoenix 12 0 29.3 .438 .286 .792 4.8 1.2 1.1 0.3 14.3

1990 Phoenix 16 0 29.9 .487 .333 .785 5.1 2.1 1.3 0.1 12.6

1991 Phoenix 4 0 27.5 .375 .364 .737 3.8 1.8 1.3 0.3 10.5

1992 Phoenix 7 0 38.0 .432 .273 .962 6.3 2.9 1.4 0.0 18.6

1993 Phoenix 24 24 44.6 .431 .394 .696 5.8 3.7 1.4 1.2 15.4

1994 Phoenix 10 10 41.0 .362 .339 .688 4.3 2.4 1.1 0.4 12.3

1995 Phoenix 10 0 30.7 .370 .364 .706 3.1 1.7 1.4 0.3 8.2

1996 Cleveland 3 0 30.3 .444 .435 .889 4.0 3.0 1.3 0.7 16.7

1997 Miami 17 2 29.2 .393 .338 .679 4.2 2.5 1.2 0.2 8.0

1998 Miami 2 2 31.0 .375 .333 .500 2.5 2.5 2.0 0.5 4.5

1999 Miami 5 5 30.4 .192 .227 .714 5.8 1.2 1.0 0.4 4.0

2000 Miami 10 10 37.2 .423 .400 .714 7.0 3.2 2.1 0.1 9.0

2001 Miami 3 0 23.7 .313 .286 .500 3.3 1.7 1.0 0.0 5.3

Career 123 53 34.5 .416 .353 .753 5.0 2.5 1.3 0.4 11.7

Post-NBA career[edit] Majerle was inducted into the Suns' "Ring of Honor" on March 9, 2003.[3] In 2006, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In 2003, Majerle made his broadcasting debut covering the 2003 NBA Playoffs for TNT and later became an analyst for ESPN. During the 2005 All-Star Weekend, he was a member of the Phoenix team that won the Shooting Stars Competition.[4] Coaching[edit] Phoenix Suns[edit] Majerle was the assiociate head coach for the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
from 2008–2013. Grand Canyon University[edit] On March 15, 2013, it was announced that Majerle would coach for Grand Canyon University in their first season as a Division I team.[5] On December 23, 2015, Majerle coached the Grand Canyon University men's basketball team to their first ever tournament victory as a Division 1 team when they won the 2015 Global Sports Classic championship.[6] Personal life[edit] Majerle owns six sports grill restaurants called "Majerle's".[7] His nephew, Ryan Majerle played for the 2011–12 University of Toledo Rockets men's basketball team[8] before deciding to transfer to Grand Valley State University and then follow his uncle to Grand Canyon University. Majerle also appears sporadically throughout the NBA 2K
NBA 2K
franchise. Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason

Grand Canyon Antelopes
Grand Canyon Antelopes
(Western Athletic Conference) (2013–present)

2013–14 Grand Canyon 15–15 10–6 3rd CIT First Round

2014–15 Grand Canyon 17–15 8–6 T–2nd CIT First Round

2015–16 Grand Canyon 27–7 11–3 T–2nd CIT Quarterfinal

2016–17 Grand Canyon 22–9 11–3 T–2nd

2017–18 Grand Canyon 22–12 9–5 3rd CBI First Round

Grand Canyon: 103–58 (.640) 49–22 (.690)

Total: 103–58 (.640)

See also[edit]

List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career 3-point scoring leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career playoff 3-point scoring leaders

References[edit]

^ 1994 USA Basketball
Basketball
Archived 2007-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Miami Heat
Miami Heat
at Chicago Bulls, December 7, 1996 - Official Play-by-Play ^ NBA.com Dan Majerle ^ "NBA All-Star Shooting Stars Winners". NBA.com. August 24, 2017. Archived from the original on February 24, 2018.  ^ "DAN MAJERLE NAMED GCU MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH". gcu.edu. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014.  ^ Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University
- GCU takes Global Sports Classic title with win over Marshall ^ Majerle's Sports Grill Downtown Phoenix, Chandler, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Arizona ^ Ryan Majerle Biography - University of Toledo
University of Toledo
Rockets Athletics Official Site - UTRockets.com Archived 2014-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.

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