Nick Van Exel is a former NBA All Star and assistant coach in the National Basketball Association, serving as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Memphis Grizzlies. He was a player development instructor for Atlanta from 2010-12.
Van Exel returned to Atlanta from the Dallas Mavericks, where he was a scout from 2019-21. The former head coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League (2015-16), Van Exel also has coaching experience with the Memphis Grizzlies (2016-19), Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14) and Texas Southern University (2009-10). Van Exel served as head coach for the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
The former NBA All-Star (1998) played 13 years in the league (1993-2006) with the LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. In 880 career regular season games (670 starts), he averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 32.9 minutes (.405 FG%, .357 3FG%, .794 FT%). He also saw action in 76 playoff games (27 starting assignments), averaging 13.6 points, 4.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 31.4 minutes.
The native of Kenosha, WI started his collegiate career at Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, TX) before spending his final two seasons at University of Cincinnati, where he was named Associated Press Third-Team All-American as a senior. Van Exel was selected by the Lakers in the second round (37th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft.