Kings hire former Stanford, NBA guard Mike Bratz

Kings hire former Stanford, NBA guard Mike Bratz
June 21, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Selected by the Suns in the third round of the 1977 NBA Draft, Mike Bratz played for six teams, including the Kings and Warriors. (AP)

The Sacramento Kings today named Mike Bratz as the team’s assistant general manager, according to General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Adding Mike to the front office provides our organization with a tremendously valuable basketball professional,” said D’Alessandro. “He brings 35 years of NBA experience serving in nearly every role the game has to offer. During our time together in Denver, I came to know Mike as one of the classiest, hardest working individuals in our business. It gives me great pleasure to welcome him back to Northern California.”

Bratz joins the Kings front office after spending the last three seasons in Denver working alongside D’Alessandro, most recently as the Nuggets’ director of player personnel.

A Central California native, Bratz has connections to Sacramento both as a player and assistant coach. He played for the Kings during the team’s inaugural season in the River City and served as an assistant coach for seven seasons (1991-92, 1993-94 – 1997-98). Bratz’ tenure also included work as a scout and radio analyst.

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After departing Sacramento, Bratz served as a scout for the Utah Jazz in 1998-99 before becoming an assistant coach in Washington the following season. In 2000-01, Bratz joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as a collegiate and minor-league (CBA) scout, later joining the bench as an assistant coach in 2002-03 and 2005. Additionally, Bratz served as the team’s director of player personnel before being promoted in August 2004 to director of basketball operations. He spent the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons as a consultant for NBA teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Clippers.

Selected by the Suns in the third round (66th overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft, Bratz played for six teams – Phoenix, Cleveland, San Antonio, Chicago, Golden State, and Sacramento over nine NBA seasons (1977-78 – 1985-86). In 586 career games, he averaged 7.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He led the NBA in three-pointers made (57) in 1980-81.

An academic All-American and member of the Stanford Hall of Fame, Bratz earned All-Pacific Eight Conference honors following his senior season for the Cardinal.

--Sacramento Kings media services