Melvin Hunt joined the Nuggets coaching staff prior to the 2010-11 season after spending the previous five years as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While in Cleveland, Hunt helped lead the Cavaliers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. In 2008-09, the Cavs won a franchise and NBA-best 66 games, while Hunt and the coaching staff earned the honor of coaching the East Conference in the 2009 NBA All- Star Game in Phoenix. Cleveland also enjoyed great postseason success during HuntÂ¹s tenure, reaching the 2007 NBA Finals, the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals and four consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinals from 2007-10.
Before joining the Cavaliers staff, Hunt spent one season (2004-05) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and five seasons with the Houston Rockets (1999-2004). While with the Rockets, he served two years as a video coordinator/scout and two years as an assistant coach before spending his final year as the teamÂ¹s college and international scout.
Prior to working in the NBA, Hunt coached on both the collegiate and high school levels. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Temple High School (TX) before moving to the college ranks where he was the lead assistant coach at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.
Hunt earned his BachelorÂ¹s degree in business administration and a MasterÂ¹s degree in education from Baylor University where he spent four years on the basketball team. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for the Bears from 1987-91 and helped lead his team to both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Following his graduation, Hunt played professional basketball in the Caribbean and Mexico.
A native of Tallulah, La., Hunt has spent time in Asia, Lithuania and South Africa during recent offseasons as a part of the NBAÂ¹s Basketball Without Borders Â the global basketball development and community outreach program that uses the sport of basketball to influence positive social change.
Hunt (born Dec. 15, 1969) and his wife, Carmen, have a daughter, Braya, and a son, Miles.