Melvin Hunt enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Mavericks, where he will serve as Rick Carlisle’s lead assistant and defensive coordinator. He joined Dallas after spending five seasons as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets (2010-15). Hunt spent the final 23 games of the 2014-15 season as the interim head coach of the Nuggets.
With Denver, Hunt was responsible for developing game plans as well as developing the Nuggets players throughout the season and offseason. The Nuggets reached the playoffs in each of his first three seasons with the organization.
Before joining the Nuggets, Hunt helped lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. In 2008-09, the Cavs won a franchise and NBA-best 66 games, while Hunt and the coaching staff earned the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Cleveland also enjoyed great postseason success during Hunt’s tenure with the team, reaching the 2007 NBA Finals, the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals and four consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinals from 2007-10.
Before joining the Cavaliers staff, Hunt spent one season (2004-05) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and five seasons with the Houston Rockets (1999-2004). While with the Rockets, he served two years as a video coordinator/scout and two years as an assistant coach before spending his final year as the team’s college and international scout.
Prior to working in the NBA, Hunt coached on both the collegiate and high school levels. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Temple High School (TX) before moving to the college ranks where he was the lead assistant coach at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.
Hunt earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in education from Baylor University where he spent four years on the basketball team. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for the Bears from 1987-91 and helped lead his team to both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Following his graduation, Hunt played professional basketball in the Caribbean and Mexico.
A native of Tallulah, La., Hunt has spent time in Australia, Asia, Italy, Russia, Lithuania and South Africa during recent offseasons as a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders – the global basketball development and community outreach program that uses the sport of basketball to influence positive social change.
Hunt and his wife, Carmen, have a daughter, Braya, and a son, Miles.
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