The Suns have named Ryan McDonough as the team’s new general manager, the club announced on Tuesday. McDonough, 33, served as assistant general manager for the Boston Celtics for the past three seasons.
“Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “His natural leadership and communication skills will serve the Suns well. And, his prodigious work ethic and ability to identify talent will enable us to take full advantage of the 10 draft choices, including six in the first round, that we have over the next three years. We welcome his championship pedigree to our organization.”
The hiring comes just two weeks after the Suns parted ways with former GM Lance Blanks, and the quick turnaround was necessary considering the importance of both the upcoming NBA draft, as well as the need to address the interim head coaching status of Lindsey Hunter.
It’s more than likely that McDonough will want to enter his era with the Suns with a head coach that he picked personally, and one who shares his philosophy.
McDonough has spent 10 years working at various roles within the Celtics’ front office, which included four seasons as a special assistant, one season as director of amateur scouting, one season as director of international scouting, and two seasons as director of player personnel before his promotion to assistant general manager in September of 2010.
Phoenix is in need of someone with a long-term vision for the future of the franchise who will put in the multiple years of work necessary to rebuild it to the level of a contender’s status. McDonough appears to have all of the qualifications, and with youth on his side and a four-year contract to get started (as reported by John Gambodoro of KTAR), the Suns seem to have made an excellent choice.