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Dell  Demps

Dell Demps

Former NBA Player & General Manager


Delano “Dell” Demps is a former NBA General Manager and Professional Basketball Player. Demps was the General Manager of the New Orleans Pelican and successfully managed the team from 2010 to 2019. Read More >

Demps also played professional basketball for ten years including three seasons in the NBA (Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic) and internationally (Greece, Turkey, France, Croatia, Venezuela and Asia).

Demps graduated from the University of the Pacific (UOP) with both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. At UOP, Demps is still the 2nd all-time leading scorer in school history and recently had his number retired. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

What Your Business Can Learn From The NBA

Team First Mentality

Pursuing the NBA Dream

Speech Topics

What Your Business Can Learn From The NBA

During the presentation Dell covers a variety of topics ranging from personal and professional scenarios throughout his life. Read More >

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  • How To Build A Winning Team
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Producing Under Pressure and In the Spotlight
  • Teamwork -How the Team-First Concept Promotes Individual Success
  • Managing Personalities and Expectations
  • Negotiating – Inside and Outside of the Organization
  • Talent Recruitment and Retention
  • Eliminating the “Noise” that Can Negatively Impact Your team
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Creating Strategies and Goals with Measurable Benchmarks
  • When to Go To Plan B
  • When and How to CUT, WAIVE, TERMINATE and GO in a Different Direction!

Pursuing the NBA Dream

This session is geared toward college basketball players.  Read More >

Demps’ goal is to inform players of the thinking of NBA executives and to help coaches, who struggle with players who have unrealistic expectations about their futures that can often work against their development as players and the interests of the team. Read Less ^

  • Educate athletes on the NBA Draft Process
  • Managing expectations of Athletes
  • Validating and strengthening the coach’s message
  • Eliminating and reducing the “noise” that can negatively impact a college team and season
  • Physical and Mental health traits of successful NBA Players
  • Character and the importance of being a good teammate
  • Prepare for the NBA and life after college
  • What not to do
  • Building the inner circle
  • Is it a good time to go to the NBA?
  • What will happen? If drafted, not drafted, etc.
  • Remember to have fun!

Young Athletes

This session is aimed at a broader audience. Read More >

In this talk, Dell Demps speaks from both the perspective of a former player, front-office executive, a father and most importantly...a friend.  Read Less ^

  • What It Takes to Have a Successful Team and Career in Sports and Life
  • Adversity – Embrace it and Defeat it!
  • Preparation – The Only Thing We Can Control
  • Plan Your Work. Work your Plan
  • Setting Goals with Timelines and Measurable Indicators
  • How to Be A Great Teammate
  • Social Media – Managing the Noise
  • Have Fun! Define It and Go Get It