Will Dawkins enters his first season as general manager of the Washington Wizards. In his role, Dawkins oversees the day-to-day operations for the franchise, managing basketball operations for both the Wizards and Capital City Go-Go.
Dawkins spent the previous 15 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He most recently served three seasons as the Thunder’s vice president of basketball operations, where he was responsible for roster and staff development, data science & solutions, strategic planning and the handling of personnel matters, including player evaluation and acquisitions.
While in Oklahoma City, Dawkins elevated from front office intern to hold a variety of positions with influence throughout the organization. During his time in the Thunder front office, he helped assemble teams that contributed to the second-best winning percentage in the NBA from 2010 to 2020, with a Finals appearance in 2012 and four appearances in the Western Conference Finals.
Prior to his role as vice president of basketball operations, Dawkins spent three seasons as the team’s vice president of identification & intelligence, where he was responsible for overseeing the professional and amateur evaluation departments (both domestically and internationally). He also served as assistant video coordinator, scouting coordinator and director of college player personnel, a position he held for five seasons.
Dawkins is a graduate of Emerson College, where he served as captain of the men’s basketball team and became a two-time Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar All-American. The Springfield, Massachusetts, native led the High School of Commerce to the 2004 Division I State Championship, while earning the honor of Western Massachusetts Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Springfield Massachusetts Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Dawkins and his wife, Tara, have three children, Trey, Journee and Rylee.