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NBA Biographical Sketch #5: Dan Majerle

Dan Majerle was a 6’6” shooting guard with model good looks, a square jaw, a full head of brown hair, and a tan of Hasselhoffian proportions. “Thunder Dan” as he was known bombed threes before it became en vogue. In that sense, one could say he was ahead of his time. Sandwiched between a career spent in sunny Phoenix and on the sandy beaches of Miami was an out of context year in Cleveland which signaled the onset of his deterioration in which he possibly could’ve been referred to as “Cloudy Dan” by someone with a poor sense of humor. Majerle will forever be remembered for his role on the Barkley-led Suns teams and for being an object of the great Michael Jordan’s disdain in the 1993 Finals.

A three-time all-star, Majerle could oddly be considered a beiger, more pleasant version of Arron Afflalo or even a darker, more muscularly violent (in play only) version of Brent Barry.

In the commercial below, “Thunder Dan” can be heard asking for a stat that quantifies hustle (again, ahead of his time). While this may have been one of his calling cards, it’s not one with which I’m deeply familiar. If someone was bored, they could easily sub in Shane Battier footage with Majerle’s commentary.

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One response to “NBA Biographical Sketch #5: Dan Majerle

  1. Joe Smith August 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Although I appreciate your attempts at analogies, I don’t see Majerle as having been that similar to Afflalo or Barry. Majerle was bigger and stronger than Afflalo, and he wasn’t a fancy combo guard like Barry in his prime. Majerle also played some of his best, most athletic basketball in Phoenix prior to Barkley’s arrival, including his first All-Star season in ’91-’92, when he established career-highs in points per game and rebounds per game (which he would never subsequently match).

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