Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Quick Questions with...Dave Babcock - Director of Player Personnel, Milwaukee Bucks

The Tampa Bay Rebels are extremely excited to have Dave Babcock, Director of Player Personnel for the Milwaukee Bucks, join us for the newest installment of our “5 Quick Questions” feature.  

Mr. Babcock is involved in several areas within the Bucks organization including the draft, summer league, and scouting. Below you will find his official bio from the Milwaukee Bucks:
The 2011-12 campaign was the 15th for Dave Babcock with the Bucks and his seventh as the club’s Director of Player Personnel. He was named to the position on June 3, 2005 after spending the previous seven seasons as the team’s Director of Scouting.

He is responsible for all preparation and organization surrounding the college draft and assists in the day-to-day operations of the personnel department, which includes player acquisitions, free agency, salary cap issues and roster management. He is also responsible for coordinating all of the scouting for the Bucks, including the NBA, NBDL, college and overseas competition.

Prior to joining the Bucks, Babcock served as a full-time scout for the New Jersey Nets in 1996-97, as well as a regional scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets. A successful coach in the college ranks, Babcock posted a 69-27 record during four years as the head coach at Arizona Western Junior College. His squad won the NJCAA Region I title in 1992-93, and earned Region I Coach of the Year Honors in the process. He also held the head job at Phoenix College from 1987-90 and was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona, San Diego State, the University of San Diego and his alma mater, Grand Canyon College.

Basketball runs in the Babcock family. Dave was an All-State basketball player at Maryvale High School in Phoenix. His brother, Rob, is the Director of Scouting/Administration for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his brother, Pete, was the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks for 13 years. Dave and his wife, Dori, have two children, Matt and Suzanne. Matt works as a sports agent and Suzanne is a University of Wisconsin graduate now living and working in Phoenix.

We would like to express our appreciation to Mr. Babcock for taking time out of his busy summer to answer our questions.

The Director of Player Personnel position is generally considered a "high-level" position within an NBA organization. What are some of your duties in that role?

Oversee Scouting (Domestic/International), manage draft preparation, summer league team, assist in free agency, manage Vet camp.

What types of skills and experience are needed to be successful in your position?
Practical basketball experience (I coached college for 16 years), ability to put a team together (position/chemistry wise), strong network within the basketball world, obviously a good eye for talent.

If a young sports professional wants to pursue a career as Director of Player Personnel, what type of career track can they expect to need to follow?
2 ways: through coaching ranks as I did or get into an organization at a grass roots level (intern = video dept/etc).

Do you have any type of interaction with the D-League or other leagues around the world as you perform your job duties?
Constant contact with all the above – NBDL, all European leagues, etc.
What do you like most about your job?
Being around basketball!!