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Thunder announce seven front office promotions

Thunder announce seven front office promotions

OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Thunder announced a bevy of front office moves.

Seven members of the organization were promoted, Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced in a press release. 

Will Dawkins was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations. Dawkins has been with the franchise since the inaugural season in Oklahoma City, working his way through the ranks from intern to scouting coordinator and now to his new role. 

Rob Hennigan was also promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations from his current title of Vice President of Insight and Foresight and Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel. Hennigan is in his second stint working for the Thunder, rejoining the franchise in 2017 after serving in the front office from 2008-2012.

“We are proud of the continued evolution of our Executive Team and the promotions of many long-tenured Thunder team members,” Presti said in the release. “The continued leadership development of our entire staff is essential to our focus of sustaining an elite basketball infrastructure.” 

The moves fill the void Troy Weaver left when he was hired from the Oklahoma City front office to serve as the General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. 

The Thunder also announced Jesse Gould and Wynn Sullivan would both be promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Analysis.

Brandon Barnett, a scout for the organization, is now the Director of Pro Player Personnel. 

“These individuals have demonstrated a consistent commitment to our vision for Thunder basketball on and off the floor, and we are grateful for their contributions,” Presti said.

Former Thunder center Nazr Mohammed will now serve as the General Manager of the Oklahoma City Blue and Pro Personnel Evaluator. 

Mohammed will help oversee Oklahoma City’s G League program as the next step in his transition from his playing career to a front office executive.

While the front office is sorted, the Thunder continue their search to replace head coach Billy Donovan. Donovan and the Thunder mutually parted ways earlier this month, and Donovan has been hired to coach the Chicago Bulls. 


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Ryan Chapman covers Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder for 107.7 The Franchise since 2019. In December of 2020, Chapman was named the Deputy Editor of Sports Illustrated Sooners, and he also is a contributor for Sports Illustrated Thunder. Chapman has previously worked for OCCC's Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, where Chapman covered the Oklahoma City Energy, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with The Pioneer, Chapman served as the Sports Editor as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

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