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Atlanta Hawks set to promote Darvin Ham to lead assistant coaching position, per report

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks-Media Day Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With Kenny Atkinson departing the Atlanta Hawks in favor of the head coaching position with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2016 offseason, Mike Budenholzer had a decision to make regarding who his “right hand man” would be for 2016-2017 and beyond. That decision has reportedly been made, and the new lead assistant in Atlanta will be Darvin Ham.

Ham, who will turn 43 years old on July 23, served as Atlanta’s head coach in the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League and he has been on the staff with the Hawks since the 2013-2014 campaign. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Ham spent two seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he was an eight-year veteran as a player in the NBA.

It remains to be seen how the Hawks will elect to fill the vacancy left by Ham’s promotion, but we now know the face of the number two man on Atlanta’s bench.