22 Facts About Dan Majerle


Dan Majerle played 14 years in the National Basketball Association with the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers.


Dan Majerle won a bronze medal with the US national team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and a gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship.


The Suns won 55 games and made the playoffs, and Dan Majerle increased his scoring average to 14.3 points a game as Phoenix advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.


The young Majerle continued to be used as a backup for the next two seasons and became popular for his impressive jumping ability and "thunderous" slam dunk that would lead to his nickname "Thunder Dan".


The 1992 season featured more improvement for Dan Majerle, who had become an even more effective three-point shooter and defensive specialist.


The Suns had improved significantly with the addition of Barkley, while the trade itself which featured the departure of guard Jeff Hornacek meant that Dan Majerle now served as the team's starting shooting guard.


The result was a 62-win season for Phoenix, with Barkley winning the Most Valuable Player Award and Dan Majerle finishing second on the team in scoring while being named to his second NBA All-Defensive Second Team.


Dan Majerle finished first in the NBA in three-point field goals made and attempted, and scored 18 points in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.


The Suns entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference, and defeated the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Seattle SuperSonics to reach the NBA Finals with Dan Majerle averaging 15 points in the playoffs and posting big games such as a 34-point performance in the 5th game against Seattle.


Dan Majerle performed well in the Suns win in game 3, scoring 28 points in the win in Chicago.


Dan Majerle would earn another selection to the All-Star game in the following season, scoring 10 points in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game which was held in Phoenix.


The Suns again lost in the semifinals to Houston in 7 games, and Dan Majerle was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason.


In Cleveland, Dan Majerle was used as a reserve at small forward, starting in 15 of the 82 games behind Chris Mills and averaging 10.6 points a game.


The Cavaliers won 47 games before losing to the New York Knicks in a 3-game sweep in the first round, with Dan Majerle increasing his scoring to 16.7 during the series.


Dan Majerle averaged 9 points in the playoffs and led the team with 20 three-point field goals.


Dan Majerle was inducted into the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor on March 9,2003.


In 2003, Dan Majerle made his broadcasting debut covering the 2003 NBA Playoffs for TNT and later became an analyst for ESPN.


Dan Majerle was the associate head coach for the Phoenix Suns from 2008 to 2013.


On December 23,2015, Dan Majerle led Grand Canyon to their first tournament victory as a Division I team when they won the 2015 Global Sports Classic championship.


Dan Majerle was fired on March 17,2020, after his first losing season, with his seven years stint at Grand Canyon coming to an end.


On May 19,2020, Dan Majerle filed a lawsuit against Grand Canyon University over the handling of its firing from the head coach position and pending salaries.


Dan Majerle had a hole in one at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2021 with Creighton coach Greg McDermott and Doug McDermott as witnesses.