David Akinyooye

American basketball coach
David Akinyooye
Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 34)
Elmont, New York, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolElmont Memorial
(Elmont, New York)
CollegeAdelphi (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011: undrafted
Playing career2011–2012
Coaching career2012–present
Career history
As player:
2011–2012Springfield Armor
As coach:
2012–2013New York Knicks (coaching associate)
2013–2014San Antonio Spurs (player development)
2014–2015ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (assistant)
2015–2019Oklahoma City Blue (assistant)
2019–presentOklahoma City Thunder (assistant)

David Akinyooye (/ˌɑːkɪnˈjɔɪ/ AH-kin-YOY-ay;[1] born September 29, 1989) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Adelphi Panthers. He spent one season playing professional basketball for the Springfield Armor before transitioning into a coaching position with the New York Knicks.

College career

Akinyooye spent four seasons as a member of the Adelphi Panthers. As a senior, he finished second in total scoring with 318 points while leading the Panthers in rebounding and blocks. On January 25, 2011, Akinyooye had a career-high 20 rebounds against Franklin Pierce. Akinyooye finished the season ranked fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference with 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game during conference play. He was later named to the All-Met Division II Men's College Basketball First Team.[2]

Professional career

Springfield Armor (2011–2012)

After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft, Akinyooye joined the Springfield Armor for the 2011–12 NBA D League season. On December 8, 2011, Akinyooye recorded a career-high 12 points and 7 rebounds in a 97–89 win against the Maine Red Claws.[3] On January 20, 2012, Akinyooye was waived by the Armor but was later claimed by the Armor three months later. However, Akinyooye's professional career ended after the Armor waived him again on March 14, 2012.

Coaching career

After one season of professional basketball, Akinyooye joined the New York Knicks as a coaching workout associate during the 2012-13 NBA season. Akinyooye later joined the San Antonio Spurs as a player development quality assurance assistant for the 2013-14 NBA season. Former Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen, who worked with Akinyooye in San Antonio, remarked that Akinyooye "wasn't scared" and that he "dove right in." After two stints in the National Basketball Association, Akinyooye joined ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne as an assistant where former Spurs Tony Parker had become a majority shareholder.[4]

After a season with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, Akinyooye joined the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League as an assistant coach. In his first season with the Blue, Akinyooye helped lead the Blue to a league's best 34–16 record under head coach Mark Daigneault. After four seasons with the Blue, the Oklahoma City Thunder named Akinyooye as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 NBA season.[5]

Akinyooye served as the Thunder's Summer League head coach for the 2023 NBA Summer League in Utah for the Salt Lake City Summer League.[6] Under him, the Thunder finished with a 2–1 record with guard Tre Mann leading the league in scoring.

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA G League

2011–12 Springfield 20 0 14.2 .429 .214 .700 2.9 .2 .2 .3 4.5
Career 20 0 14.2 .429 .214 .700 2.9 .2 .2 .3 4.5


  1. ^ "2023-24 start of season NBA pronunciation guide" (Press release). National Basketball Association. October 24, 2023. Retrieved May 18, 2024.
  2. ^ "David Akinyooye Biography". aupanthers.com. March 26, 2023. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  3. ^ "Maine Red Claws vs Springfield Armor – December 8, 2011". stats.gleague.nba.com. December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "New Thunder assistant coach David Akinyooye made leap overseas before landing in OKC". oklahoman.com. August 5, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  5. ^ "Thunder Announces Coaching Staff Updates". nba.com. July 23, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  6. ^ "Thunder Announces 2023 Summer League Roster". nba.com. July 1, 2023. Retrieved July 1, 2023.

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