The Phoenix Suns have hired Ryan McDonough as their new GM the organization announced today. He will be introduced during a press conference on May 9 at US Airways Center.
McDonough is only 33 years old and has 10 years of NBA experience. He played a large part in drafting the talent that the Celtics have in late rounds of the draft over the past three years. He joined the Celtics organization in 2003 as an assistant to basketball operations. He moved up the ladder as his time with the Celtics went on.
He’s done a great deal of scouting work for the Celtics in the United States and internationally. He played an important role in evaluating players like Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, Kendrick Perkins and others. He’s done a fantastic job of finding late round gems in his time with the Celtics.
Here’s what President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babby, had to say about McDonough:
“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”
McDonough should be a fine fit in Phoenix. The team has 10 draft picks over the next three years leaving McDonough plenty to work with. His talent evaluation skill will be of utmost importance in Phoenix.
He was definitely appreciated in Boston. We wish him the best during his time with Phoenix.