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2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook

Basketball Operations Pat Garrity Associate General Manag er Pat Garrity is in his first year as associate general manager and third season overall with the Detroit Pistons. Previously, he spent two seasons as Director of Strategic Planning after a 10-year NBA career and three-plus years working as a client advisor for a Connecticutbased hedge fund. Garrity was drafted 19th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and a draft-day trade sent him to the Phoenix Suns. After one season with the Suns, he was traded to the Magic where he played from 1999-2008. Overall, he averaged 7.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 552 career NBA games and played for Head Coach Stan Van Gundy in 2007-08. A four-year player at the University of Notre Dame, Garrity averaged 18.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 111 games for the Fighting Irish. He graduated with a BS in Science, Pre-Professional Studies from Notre Dame and, following his retirement from the NBA in 2008, earned an MBA with a concentration in Investment Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Assistant General Manag er Jeff Nix enters his third season as assistant general manager of the Detroit Pistons after spending almost three years as director of basketball operations for the Wake Forest University Men’s Basketball team. A 17-year veteran of the NBA coaching and front-office ranks, Nix spent 15 years in the New York Knicks organization. He joined the club as an assistant coach in 1992 and held that position for five years before being named assistant general manager in 2000. He was a key member of the Knicks’ coaching staff when the team won two Eastern Conference Championships in 1994 and 1999. He then served as the team’s director of scouting from 2005-07. Nix built an impressive college coaching career which spanned over 13 years. He began his career at his alma mater, Canisius College, in 1979 as an assistant coach. He also held assistant coaching positions at St. Francis University (1981-84), Loyola College (1984-85), Xavier University (1985-87), and the University of Notre Dame (1987-82). In 2005, Nix co-founded Camouflage Kids, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that purchases collegiate athletic event tickets for families and children of those serving in the military. All of the program’s participants receive game tickets, food, t-shirts, 14 Detroit Pistons 2016–17 Yearbook backpacks and wristbands all free of charge. Camouflage kids annually awards the Skip Prosser Scholarship and have awarded more than 10 scholarships to military children from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago. Nix played basketball at Canisius College and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s in Sports Administration. He’s an aviation enthusiast and holder of an airplane pilot’s license. Jeff Nix


2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook
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