Former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. As part of the multiyear agreement, Davis will provide analysis on SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and additional news and information programming. He is scheduled to debut Thursday, Nov. 8, during the 9 a.m. ET SportsCenter on ESPN.
“I’m excited to dive right in at ESPN and lend my insights to the fans and viewers,” said Antonio Davis. “I’m a big ESPN fan and I love the game of basketball, so this is a great fit for me.”
Davis was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1990 and played in Europe before rejoining the Pacers in 1993. He played 13 NBA seasons combined for the Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks before retiring in 2006.
Davis was named to the 2000-01 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team and played for Team USA in the FIBA World Championships in 1989 and 1992. Davis was elected President of the NBA Players’ Association in 2005 and served until 2006.
Davis has provided analysis for NBA TV before joining ESPN. He currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.
Flip Saunders Joins ESPN as NBA Studio Analyst
Veteran NBA head coach Flip Saunders has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. As part of the multiyear agreement, Saunders will make regular appearances on a variety of ESPN studio shows, including SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and other news and information programming. Saunders is scheduled to appear Wednesday, Oct. 31, during NBA Coast to Coast at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and Thursday, Nov. 1, during the 9 a.m. SportsCenter on ESPN.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to share the insights and perspective I gathered during my coaching career with NBA fans,” said Saunders. “I admire ESPN’s NBA coverage, and I’m glad to be part of the team.”
Saunders coached 16 NBA seasons, including 10 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading the team to eight postseason appearances. He also split six seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. While in Detroit, Saunders led the team to a franchise best 64-18 record. In total, Saunders won 638 games, compiling a .548 winning percentage while reaching the Conference Finals four times. He also served as President of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995.
Prior to joining the NBA, Saunders spent seven seasons as a head coach in the CBA, where he won two CBA Championships with the La Crosse Catbirds. He was twice named CBA Coach of the Year.