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The rise and fall of Demarre Carroll

DeMarre Carroll's relationship with former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was instrumental in his hiring as an assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Demarre Carroll

Demarre Carroll

DeMarre Carroll was once viewed as a rising star in the NBA but slipped through the cracks in recent years, bouncing from team to team until recently getting hired as an assistant coach.

Demarre Carroll through the years

The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Carroll in the 2009-10 season. He had his best moments as part of the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2015, as his numbers jumped from scoring six points per game to 12.6 points per game in two years. DeMarre was a part of the loaded Hawks squad that also featured Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap.

Meanwhile, Carroll recorded his best scoring output as part of the promising Brooklyn Nets squad in the 2017-18 season. The Birmingham, Alabama native averaged 13.5 points per game in that year. Unfortunately, he was shipped as part of the deal that brought the big names to Brooklyn.

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Carroll suited up for the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets but never saw significant minutes on the floor. As a result, his numbers dipped, and his popularity waned. Despite the ordeals, DeMarre stayed ready and professional. We can’t be sure why Coach Greg Popovich and Coach Mike D’Antoni never gave him the minutes, but Mike Budenholzer never lost faith in him, as evident in his latest career move.

Where Demarre Carroll is now

Carroll had been unveiled as a new assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. His former coach in the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Budenholzer, engineered the move. Fans who have missed the sweet-shooting forward didn’t know what he is doing lately and were surprised to learn that he had transitioned to coaching.

Carroll may not have reached superstar status in the NBA because of injuries and dwindling minutes, but he lasted 11 seasons doing things a coach would want his role players to do: hustle, defend and score. Bucks fans should be excited about his addition to the coaching staff, especially if he and Coach Mike could replicate their success in Atlanta in Milwaukee.

Not all players are given a chance to become assistant coaches so soon after they retire, which speaks highly of DeMarre Carroll’s attitude as a player and a human being. So kudos to Carroll, and congratulations on a well-deserved position as assistant coach to a champion team. 

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