Jacque Vaughn

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Jacque Vaughn
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Vaughn in 2007
Brooklyn Nets
PositionAssistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1975-02-11) February 11, 1975 (age 44)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school John Muir (Pasadena, California)
College Kansas (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career1997–2009
Position Point guard
Coaching career2010–present
Career history
As player:
19972001 Utah Jazz
2001–2002 Atlanta Hawks
2002–2003 Orlando Magic
2003–2004 Atlanta Hawks
20042006 New Jersey Nets
20062009 San Antonio Spurs
As coach:
20102012 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
20122015 Orlando Magic
2016–present Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,463 (4.5 ppg)
Rebounds 1,028 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 1,919 (2.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jacque Vaughn (born February 11, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player and coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). [1]

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Brooklyn Nets Professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn

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High school career

A native of Los Angeles, California, Vaughn attended John Muir High School in nearby Pasadena, where he maintained a 3.94 GPA in honors and AP courses,[ citation needed ] and became the best high school player in that area since former Muir and NBA standout Stacey Augmon. Vaughn excelled both on and off the court, and by his senior year was ranked as high as the #7 high school recruit in the country and the #2 point guard in the class of 1993 behind arguably the nation's top player that year, Randy Livingston. Over the course of the season, Vaughn averaged over 21 points and 19 assists per game, while also compiling six triple-doubles. Named a First-Team All-American by nearly every publication on the market, Vaughn rounded off his special season with a selection to participate in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game where he put on a show, scoring only 6 points but amassing 13 assists (still a McDonald's record), while also thoroughly outplaying the higher-ranked Livingston once again—this time on a national stage (they had both matched up against each other in the All-Star Game of the 1992 Nike Camp), and was named co-MVP with North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse in the process. After considering Georgetown, Indiana, UNLV, Arizona and UCLA, Vaughn decided to play for coach Roy Williams at Kansas, continuing, along with fellow recruit and college roommate Scot Pollard, the California pipeline of high school hoopsters to Lawrence, Kansas, started by former standouts Adonis Jordan and Rex Walters, and continuing in later years with Paul Pierce, and Eric Chenowith.

John Muir High School

John Muir High School is a four-year comprehensive secondary school in Pasadena, California, United States and is a part of the Pasadena Unified School District. The school is named after preservationist John Muir.

Pasadena, California City in California, United States

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

As a senior in high school in 1993, Vaughn was awarded the Dial Award as the nation's top male high school scholar-athlete, becoming the first basketball player ever to win that award.

For the literary award presented by The Dial magazine in the 1920s, see The Dial.

College career

In his college career Vaughn became the starting point guard as a freshman after being chosen to replace incumbent starter Calvin Rayford. Among his first-year highlights were earning the MVP award at the 1993 Pre-Season NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City and hitting a game-winning three pointer at the overtime buzzer to beat Indiana in an early season game at Allen Fieldhouse. [2] Throughout his four years at Kansas, Vaughn was known as a good distributor of the basketball and effective defender with great speed and court awareness. By the end of his college career, he was the all-time leader in assists in Kansas basketball history with 804 total (since surpassed by Aaron Miles), as well as the Big Eight Conference's all-time record holder. In 1997, the award given annually to the school's assist leader was renamed to include Vaughn, Miles and original assists leader, Cedric Hunter, as the Hunter/Vaughn/Miles Assists Award.

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Allen Fieldhouse indoor arena at the University of Kansas

Allen Fieldhouse is an indoor arena in the central United States, on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas. It is home of the Kansas Jayhawks men's and women's basketball teams. The arena is named after Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, a former player and head coach for the Jayhawks whose tenure lasted 39 years. Allen Fieldhouse is one of college basketball's most historically significant and prestigious buildings, with 37 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament games having been hosted at the center. The actual playing surface has been named the James Naismith Court, in honor of basketball's inventor, who established KU’s basketball program and served as the Jayhawks' first coach from 1898 to 1907.

Vaughn earned a 3.72 GPA as a Business Administration major. [3] He was a two-time Academic All-American at Kansas and the 1997 GTE Academic All-American of the Year. He was also a two-time all-conference pick and was named the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1996. His college jersey was retired on December 31, 2002 and hangs in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. [4]

Big Eight Conference Mens Basketball Player of the Year award

The Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the Big Eight Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1956–57 season and concluded after the 1995–96 season. From 1960 through 1967 no award was given out. Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma and Danny Manning of Kansas are the only players to have received the award three times. Manning was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 1988. Six other players won the award twice, last performed by Bryant Reeves of Oklahoma State (1993/95).

NBA career

In 1997, Vaughn was selected 27th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA draft. In addition to playing four seasons in Utah, Vaughn also played with the Orlando Magic, the Atlanta Hawks (in two separate stints), New Jersey Nets, and San Antonio Spurs. He appeared in 64 games for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs during the 06-07 season and finished his career there, retiring after the 08-09 season. Over his career, he averaged 4.5 points per game and 2.5 assists per game. He also set an NBA record for consecutive missed field goal attempts to open a season, missing his first 22 to start the 2001 season with the Atlanta Hawks. After those 22 straight misses he shot a career best 47% that season.

Utah Jazz professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference, Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, an expansion team based in New Orleans; the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.

The 1997 NBA draft took place on June 25, 1997, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the Boston Celtics had the second-worst record in the 1996–97 season and the best odds of winning the lottery with two picks, the Spurs, usually a model of winning and consistency, lost David Robinson and Sean Elliott to injury early in the season, finished with the third-worst record, and subsequently won the lottery. Leading up to the draft, there was no doubt that Tim Duncan would be selected at No. 1 by the Spurs, and the rest of the draft was regarded with some skepticism. The Celtics had the third and sixth picks, selecting Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer, both of whom were traded in the next two years.

Orlando Magic American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Dominique Wilkins, and Hedo Türkoğlu have played for the club throughout its young history. As of 2017, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence, and twice went to the NBA Finals, in 1995 and 2009. Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, only after the Miami Heat.

NBA career playing statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Denotes seasons in which Vaughn won an NBA Championship

Regular season

1997–98 Utah 4509.3.361.375.706.
1998–99 Utah 1904.6.367.250.833.
1999–00 Utah 78011.3.416.412.750.
2000–01 Utah 82019.8.433.385.7801.
2001–02 Atlanta 821622.6.470.444.8252.
2002–03 Orlando 804821.1.448.235.7761.
2003–04 Atlanta 71617.9.386.150.7791.
2004–05 New Jersey 713419.9.449.333.8351.
2005–06 New Jersey 80615.4.437.167.7281.
2006–07 San Antonio 64411.9.425.500.7541.
2007–08 San Antonio 74915.4.428.300.7631.
2008–09 San Antonio 3009.7.3201.000.889.


1998 Utah 703.4.200.5001.
1999 Utah 203.0.5001.000-.
2000 Utah 709.6.357.500.8751.
2001 Utah 5011.4.100.500-.
2003 Orlando 7618.7.364.000.769.
2006 New Jersey 11014.5.364.000.5711.
2007 San Antonio 20010.4.400-.500.
2008 San Antonio 1406.5.273.000-.
2009 San Antonio 2010.5.400-.500.

Coaching career

Vaughn was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs from 2010 to 2012. On July 28, 2012, Vaughn was named the new head coach of the Orlando Magic. [5] On February 5, 2015, he was fired by the Magic. [6]

Head coaching record

Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
Orlando 2012–13 822062.2445th in SoutheastMissed playoffs
Orlando 2013–14 822359.2805th in SoutheastMissed playoffs
Orlando 2014–15 521537.288(fired)

Personal life

Vaughn and his wife Laura, who was his college girlfriend, have two sons, Jalen and Jeremiah. He enjoys reading and writing poetry. [7] [8]

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