Meet Darvin Ham Brother DeRonnie Turner- Lakers Coach Family Tree

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Darvin Ham’s brother, DeRonnie Turner, was the one who got Darvin into the sport of basketball.

Darvin Ham Sr., an American professional former basketball player, is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Ham was selected as a free agent by the Denver Nuggets on October 1, 1996, and later traded for Jerome Allen to the Pacers in February 1997.

Darvin played college basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. After that, he played in the NBA for eight seasons, from 1996 to 2005.

Young Darvin Ham During His Era
Young Darvin Ham During His Era (Source: Instagram)

He played 417 games and averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds throughout eight seasons.
Not to mention, he also won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.

Darvin not only experienced international games in Spain and the Philippines but also went to the NBA Development League in 2007 and 2008.

As Curry and LeBron prepare to renew a longstanding rivalry, the Lake Show head coach recently emphasized just how special that rivalry is.

It’s arguably the best rivalry in the NBA or, as Ham has termed it, “the best rivalry of this generation,” which is why fans are willing to pay $750 on average to book their seat for the game.

Darvin Ham Brother

Darvin Ham was born on July 23, 1973, to Wilmer Jones-Ham, and Howard Ham in Saginaw, Michigan.

Ham’s mother, Wilmer Jones-Ham, is the first female mayor of Saginaw. She served in the position from 2001 to 2002.

Likewise, his father, Howard, used to work on the General Motors assembly line before joining the US Air Force.

Darvin grew up with his brother DeRonnie Turner, who is 4-year-old older than Darvin.

Ham and his brother DeRonnie spent their summers in Georga as kids, where they learned to play basketball together. 

Darvin Ham Mother
Darvin Ham’s Mother, Wilmer Jones-Ham (Source:

DeRonnie also played basketball in college for two seasons in the 1990s at Savannah State.

After completing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Savannah State University, he continued his education at the University of Phoenix, where he pursued a Master of Business Administration degree.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Turner has been working as HR Policy and Employee Relations Investigator at General Motors since October 2020.

From April 2004 to June 2013, he worked as a plant manager at ReCommunity. 

Similarly, for three years and 11 months, from July 2013 to November 2016, he worked as a business manager at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

DeRonnie has mentioned that Ham always wanted to be a great coach and also mentioned,

This is something we always talked about, even as youngsters,” he said. “This has been a blessing and an honor. It’s legendary, monumental, fabulous, and pronominal.”

Darvin Ham’s Wife & Kids

Darvin Ham has been married to Deneitra Ham since 1998. Deneitra, a proud Texan, graduated from Texas Tech University in 2003, where she met Ham and formed a meaningful connection.

The pair have three kids: two from Ham’s wife and one from his previous relationship.

The eldest of Ham’s children, Darvin Ham Jr., was born in 1992 when Ham was still in high school.

Ham Jr. is passionate about sports like his father and has followed in his footsteps. Darvin Jr. served as an assistant basketball coach at Michigan’s Northwood University.

Darvin Ham And His Wife
Darvin Ham And His Wife (Source: Instagram)

Currently, he works as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Charge of the NBA G League.

On January 3, 1997, Ham had his first child, Donovan Ham, with Deneitra. The youngest child of Ham and the second of the pair, Dominic Ham, was born on January 24, 2000.

Donovan and Dominic grew up in Atlanta. The two siblings attended North Atlanta High School.

Similarly, Donovan played baseball at Mississippi College, whereas Dominic is a junior at the University of Wisconsin and plays for the Milwaukee Panthers.

Dominic is currently studying communications, and Donovan majored in business administration.

Neeki Kakshyapati
Neeki Kakshyapati

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