Lakers announce Darvin Ham as next head coach

We independently review everything we recommend based on our strict editorial guidelines. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn More
Los Angeles Lakers announce Darvin Ham as next head coach News

On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers officially named Darvin Ham head coach. General manager Rob Pelinka released a statement: “When someone begins his NBA coaching career at the G League level and goes all the way through playing an integral role on the front bench of an NBA championship team, it really speaks to a certain strength of character.”

Furthermore, Ham is the 28th head coach in the Lakers franchise history. “Our players and fans will immediately identify with Darvin’s no-nonsense and hard-working approach, which we feel will bring toughness and a competitive edge to all we do,” Pelinka continued.

2022 NBA Finals picks, odds and predictions are on the main page. NBA betting content is always available here at Basketball Insiders.

Additionally, Darwin Ham began his coaching career as an assistant for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds from 2008 to 2010. The Thunderbirds were a team in the NBA Development League, which is now known as the NBA G League. They now play in Ohio as the Cleveland Charge.

Next, he served as head coach of the New Mexico Thunderbirds for the 2010-11 season. Nonetheless, Ham has no experience as an NBA head coach. Although he won a ring as an assistant coach with the Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals, Ham is unproven when calling the shots.

Now is his chance to impress the City of Angels. From 2011–2013, he coached the Lakers as an assistant. Then, Ham served as assistant coach for the Hawks from 2013–2018.

Darvin Ham has the potential to become a great coach

As a player, the 6’7″ forward went undrafted. He signed with the Nuggets as a free agent on Oct. 1, 1996. Of course, from 1996–2008, the forward played for six NBA teams: Nuggets, Pacers, Wizards, Bucks, Hawks and Pistons. He only played one game with Indiana after the Nuggets traded him to the Pacers on Feb. 20, 1997.

For the 2007-08 season, Ham played for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Based on a total of 417 games played in his NBA career, Ham averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. In the 2004 NBA Finals, he won a ring with the Pistons under head coach Larry Brown. They defeated the Lakers in five games. Detroit finished 54-28 (.659) in the 2003-04 regular season.

Ham earned a couple of interesting nicknames over the course of his playing career. While with the Bucks, fans referred to him as “Ham Sammich” and “Dunkin Darvin.” Not to mention, as an assistant coach for the Lakers, he enjoyed working with Kobe Bryant. Then again, who wouldn’t?

Moreover, the Saginaw, Michigan native attended Otero Junior College from 1992 to 1993. Also, he played for Texas Tech from 1993 to 1996. In 90 games played with Texas Tech, Ham averaged 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. His son, Darvin Ham Jr., is currently an assistant men’s basketball coach for Northwood University.

RELATED: NBA Finals 2022: Odds, Predictions, and Best Bets


BetOnline logo
$1000 Welcome Bonus
Lakers announce Darvin Ham as next head coach