The Suns filled out their coaching staff Monday by naming Jay Humphries as an assistant.
“We’re really happy and excited about the opportunity to have him join our staff, “ Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He brings a vast knowledge of the game as both a player and a coach and we look forward to his contributions.”
Originally selected by the Suns in the first round (13th overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft, Humphries spent the past five seasons coaching in the Korean Professional Basketball League in South Korea as head coach of the Inchon ET Land Black Slamer and as an associate head coach for the Wonju TG Xers. The Wonju club won two KBL titles during his three-year stint with the team. Prior to that, he served one season as associate head coach for the Jilin Northeastern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
An 11-year NBA veteran from 1984-1995, Humphries missed only three games in three-plus seasons (1984-88) with the Suns, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 assists in 294 games. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on February 25, 1988 in exchange for Craig Hodges and a second-round draft pick and owns career averages of 11.1 points and 5.5 assists in 788 games with four teams (Suns, Bucks, Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics). He also made six consecutive postseason appearances from 1988-1994 and averaged 9.7 points and 4.6 assists in 41 career playoff games.
Humphries enjoyed a standout collegiate career at the University of Colorado where he held 16 school records, including career assists (562), career steals (309) and games played (112). He was recruited out of high school by Suns assistant coach Alvin Gentry who was as an assistant coach at Colorado from 1981-85.
Humphries, 44, most recently served as an assistant coach under Phil Weber, who led the Suns summer league entry at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.