Marcus John Iavaroni (born September 15, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player and former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as an assistant coach for several NBA teams. He is of Italian heritage.
|Born||September 15, 1956|
Jamaica, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||John F. Kennedy|
(Plainview, New York)
|NBA draft||1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 55th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Number||8, 32, 43|
|1981–1982||Fulgor Libertas Forlì|
|1984–1986||San Antonio Spurs|
|1990–1991||Caja de Ronda Málaga|
|1991–1992||Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|1992–1994||Bowling Green (assistant)|
|1997–1999||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|1999–2002||Miami Heat (assistant)|
|2002–2007||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2009–2010||Toronto Raptors (assistant)|
|2010–2013||Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,328 (4.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,725 (3.2 rpg)|
|Assists||514 (1.0 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Iavaroni, who joined the NBA at age 26, was an important role player on the successful Philadelphia 76ers teams in the early and middle 80s. He also played for the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz, in a career which included a starting role as a rookie on the 76ers' 1983 NBA Championship team.
Iavaroni also played professionally in Brescia, Forlì and Málaga before retiring in 1992, playing a total of six seasons in Italy and Spain: four after his college career and two following his NBA career.
His coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia. Following his playing career, he was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Bowling Green State University from 1992 to 1994.
The first NBA coaching experience for Iavaroni came in 1997, when he was hired as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant, working mainly with forwards. In 1999, he moved to the front office of the Miami Heat as director of player development. Since 2002, he served as an assistant to Mike D'Antoni at the Phoenix Suns.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Memphis||2007–08||82||22||60||.268||5th in Southwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|