Danny Ferry - Updated Apr 2024

Danny Ferry is a former professional basketball player and executive from the United States. Recently, Danny Ferry served as interim general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Danny Ferry


Early Life

Danny Ferry was born on the 17th of October 1966, in Hyattsville, Maryland, the United States of America. According to his date of birth, he is 57 years old and holds American nationality. In addition, he has a birth sign of Libra and belongs to the North American ethnicity. Meanwhile, his religious belief is still a mystery and his birth name is Daniel John Willard Ferry.

He was born to his father Bob Ferry and his mother Rita Ferry. Moreover, his father was a former NBA center and NBA executive by profession. Additionally, he grew up with his two siblings, Bob Jr. and Laura.

Education and College Career

Talking about his academic career, he went to DeMatha Catholic High School. There, he played high school basketball and was named the 1985 USA Today High School Player of the Year.

After graduating from DeMatha, Ferry attended Duke University, where he played college basketball from 1985 to 1989. He was a standout player during his four-year college career. Moreover, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1986 and 1988.

During his senior year in 1989, Ferry was named the ACC Player of the Year. In addition, he was a consensus first-team All-American. He also won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, which recognizes the top college basketball player in the United States.

Throughout his college career, he scored 2,155 points, grabbed 1,026 rebounds, and dished out 506 assists. He is considered one of the greatest players in Duke basketball history. And, he was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Professional Career

Talking about his professional career, Danny Ferry was selected as the second overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers but he did not want to play with the Clippers and accepted an offer to play for the Italian league’s Il Messaggero (now Virtus Roma) instead.
During the 1989-90 season, he made a name for himself overseas as he averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game, leading the Italian club into the playoffs. On the 16th of November 1989, The Clippers traded Ferry along with Reggie Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for high-scoring guard Ron Harper, two first-round draft picks, and a second-round pick.

Cleveland Cavaliers

He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for a total of eight seasons throughout his NBA career. He played for the Cavaliers from 1989 to 1993, and then again from 1995 to 2000. During his time with the team, Ferry played in 723 games and averaged 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.

He was also a part of the Cavaliers team that reached the NBA playoffs six times during his tenure, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992.

San Antonio Spurs

Later, he played for the San Antonio Spurs for one season during his NBA career. He was acquired by the Spurs in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the 2000-2001 season. Ferry played in 80 games for the Spurs that season, averaging 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 43.5% from three-point range.

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Caption: Danny Ferry plying for San Antonio Spurs (Source: ProbasketballTalk – NBA – NBC Sports)

The Spurs advanced to the NBA playoffs that season but were eliminated in the first round. After the season, Ferry became a free agent and signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, but he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks before the start of the 2001-2002 season and was subsequently waived by the team. Moreover, he announced his retirement in 2003.

Management career

Ferry has had a successful career as an NBA executive following his retirement as a player. He began his front-office career as the Director of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs in 2003 and later served as the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2004 to 2005.

He was then named the General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005, a position he held until 2010. During his tenure with the Cavaliers, he helped build the team that advanced to the NBA Finals in 2007 and won the Eastern Conference championship in 2009. He also drafted future NBA superstar Kyrie Irving as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

After leaving the Cavaliers, he spent a year as a consultant for the Spurs before being named the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks in 2012. He held that position for four seasons and was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 after overseeing a team that won a franchise-record 60 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Most recently, he was named the interim General Manager of the New Orleans Pelicans in March 2021, where he currently oversees the team’s basketball operations.

Danny Ferry – Awards

In his career, Danny Ferry has received several awards and honors throughout his basketball career, both as a player and as an executive. He was a two-time All-American at Duke University and was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1989, as a player. Moreover, he also won two NCAA championships with the Blue Devils in 1991 and 1992.

He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 while serving as the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks as an executive. He was also named the Eastern Conference Executive of the Year by Sporting News in 2009

Net Worth 2024

Ferry’s net worth is estimated at around $17 million as of 2022. Moreover, he earned $44 million during his 17-year NBA career. His biggest contract was a 10-year, $34 million deal with the Cavaliers in 1990.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Danny Ferry with his family (Source: The Business Journals)

Talking about his personal life, Danny Ferry married his wife Tiffany Ferry in the year 1995. With the marriage, the couple has four kids whose names are still unknown at the moment. Moreover, the family is living happily and there are no signs of their separation.

In addition, he was rumored to be fired by the Atlanta Hawks which caused him to suffer a controversy.

Danny Ferry – Body Measurements

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Caption: Danny Ferry defending his opponent (Source: theScore.com)

Danny Ferry stands 6 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 104 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of black eyes with dark brown hair color. However, his other body measurement is still unknown.

Social Media

On his Twitter page ‘@RealDannyFerry’ there are 17 followers. Aside from this, he is not active on Facebook and Instagram.