Joe Dumars named to top NBA executive post

Joe Dumars – NBA

Natchitoches native Joe Dumars has a new job, and it’s a big one.

Monday, the National Basketball Association announced Dumars has been appointed the NBA’s Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations, beginning next week.

In his new role, Dumars will oversee all basketball operations matters for the NBA, including the development of playing rules and interpretations, conduct and discipline, and policies and procedures relating to the operation of games.

He will engage with players, coaches, team executives, officials and other key stakeholders to sustain the highest level of play and competition. Dumars will also lead the overall talent strategy for basketball operations and will reinforce a culture of inclusivity and innovation, the announcement said.

A Natchitoches Central High School graduate, Dumars is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2004), has been named a Louisiana Legend by the Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (2015), and has been part of NBA championships as a player and executive.

“My life has centered on the NBA for nearly 40 years, which makes the opportunity to serve the entire league incredibly exciting and rewarding,” said Dumars. “I’m looking forward to using my skills and experience to collaborate with all 30 teams on ways to shape the future direction of the league and help the game continue to evolve.”

The NBA Sportsmanship Award is named for Dumars, with the Joe Dumars Trophy presented annually to the NBA player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. Dumars was the inaugural winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award (1995-96 season). As a player, he also received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Dumars joins the league office after working three seasons with the Sacramento Kings, the last two as Chief Strategy Officer. In his most recent position, he developed and implemented strategy across the organization’s entire portfolio of activities, including business, basketball, new ventures, entertainment and real estate.

Prior to Sacramento, Dumars served 15 seasons as a basketball executive with the Detroit Pistons (1999-2000 – 2013-14), including the final 14 as President of Basketball Operations. With Dumars overseeing player personnel decisions, the Pistons won an NBA championship (2003-04 season), made six consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals (2002-03 – 2007-08) and recorded at least 50 victories in seven straight seasons (2001-02 – 2007-08). He was named the NBA Basketball Executive of the Year for the 2002-03 season.

Dumars joined the Pistons’ front office after a decorated 14-year playing career in the NBA, all with Detroit, which selected him in the first round (18th overall pick) of the 1985 NBA Draft. A six-time NBA All-Star selection and three-time All-NBA Team honoree, Dumars helped the Pistons win back-to-back NBA championships in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1989 NBA Finals.

One of the top all-around guards of his era, Dumars averaged at least 20 points per game three times and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team five times. In international competition, Dumars won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 1994 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In addition to his success as an NBA player and executive, Dumars served as President of Basketball Division for Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE), an integrated sports, media, entertainment and management company, from 2017-19. He also founded the automotive supply company Detroit Technologies Inc. and Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, an indoor sports and entertainment complex with two locations in the Detroit area.

Dumars holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from McNeese, where he was a four-time selection to the All-Southland Conference first team. Recognized as the Southland Conference’s 1980s Player of the Decade, ahead of Karl Malone, Dumars is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

PHOTO/GRAPHIC: Courtesy of the NBA/Dumars