Pacific Men's Basketball: Former Tiger Great Dell Demps Named New Orleans Hornets General Manager
After spending the past five years as the San Antonio Spurs Director of Pro Player Personnel, former Tiger great Dell Demps has been named the General Manager (GM) of the New Orleans Hornets. Demps becomes the seventh GM in Hornet history.
A four-year starter at Pacific and a three-time All-Big West honoree, Demps completed his prodigious career as the Tigers' second leading scorer in program history with 1,742 points after averaging 15.15 points per game. In four seasons, Demps poured in 230 three-pointers, second most in team history while also dishing out 350 assists, a number which ranks No. 4 all-time. Demps holds the Tigers' single-game record for assists as he once tallied 14 in a game against UC Irvine on Jan. 7, 1991.
After finishing his career, Demps stayed at Pacific to begin his MBA at the Eberhardt School of Business. Despite his pursuit of his post-graduate degree, the NBA came calling allowing Demps to pursue his professional playing career spending three seasons in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic. In addition, he played professionally in the Philippines, France, Greece, Turkey and Croatia during his 10-year career. An injury cut Demps career short, but allowed Demps to finish his MBA at Pacific
Following his playing career, Demps started his professional career coaching on the bench and in the front office. Demps spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Mobile Revelers in the NBA D-League, helping the Revelers capture the 2003 D-League Championship. He joined the New York Knicks as a scout for the 2003-04 season and was promoted to Director of Pro Player Personnel following the 2004-05 season in New York before joining the Spurs in the fall of 2005. During his time with the Spurs, Demps also served as the General Manager of the Austin Toros (the Spurs NBA Development affiliate) for three years.