Ham in 2005 at the White House.
July 23, 1973 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Saginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)|
|College||Texas Tech (1993–1996)|
|NBA Draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|1996–1997||Denver Nuggets (NBA)|
|1997||Indiana Pacers (NBA)|
|1997–1998||Washington Wizards (NBA)|
|1999||CB Granada (Spain)|
|1999–2002||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)|
|2002–2003||Atlanta Hawks (NBA)|
|2003–2005||Detroit Pistons (NBA)|
|2006||Talk N' Text Phone Pals (Philippines)|
|2007–2008||Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League)|
|2008||Austin Toros (D-League)|
|2008–2010||Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League) (assistant)|
|2010–2011||New Mexico Thunderbirds (D-League)|
|2011–present||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Darvin Ham (born July 23, 1973) is a retired American professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He played eight seasons in the NBA from 1996 to 2005 and later for the Philippine Basketball Association and NBA Development League until 2008.
After attending Saginaw High School, Ham went to Texas Tech University in 1993. While playing for Texas Tech, he gained national attention by shattering the backboard on a slam dunk during the 1996 NCAA Tournament against UNC. The dunk shifted momentum for the Red Raiders, catapulting them to the second Sweet Sixteen in school history. The dunk was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Ham won the NCAA slam dunk contest in 1996, following former college teammate Lance Hughes' win in 1995. In his 90 game college career, he averaged 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 turnovers in 22.9 minutes, on top of .597 FG and .498 FT shooting.
Ham was signed by the Denver Nuggets as a free agent on 1 October 1996. He was then traded by Denver to the Indiana Pacers for Jerome Allen on February 1997. Ham then signed as free agent with the Washington Wizards (1997), Milwaukee Bucks (1999), Atlanta Hawks (2002) and Detroit Pistons (2003). In his eight-season 417-game NBA career, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 fouls in 12.4 minutes, on top of .598 FG and .494 FT shooting. Ham is estimated to have made $6.58 million in his NBA career.
Ham also competed in the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was a member of the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons. His powerful slams earned him the nickname "Dunkin Darvin" and "Ham Slamwich" from George Blaha, the Pistons play-by-play announcer.
On January 17, 2006, Ham was enlisted by the Philippine Basketball Association team Talk N' Text Phone Pals as its import. He averaged 16 points in the 2006 PBA Fiesta Conference Playoffs. However, the Pals eventually lost to Air21 Express in the series, 2–3. Ham would go on to say that playing in the PBA was like “‘hooping in handcuffs’.
In 2006, Ham served as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Southwest's coverage of the Dallas Mavericks' playoff run. He then became a member of the Orlando Magic summer league team in the Pepsi Pro Summer League from July 10–14, 2006. Ham later on appeared in the 2006 preseason with the New Jersey Nets.
In 2007, Ham had a preseason stint with the Mavericks but was waived on October 24, 2007. He was then drafted third overall in the 2007 NBA D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. On April 4, 2008, the Thunderbirds traded Ham to the Austin Toros.
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