Louis Lehman Named New GM Of NAZ Suns

20 October 2017
  Jake Withee
Louis Lehman is the new GM of the NAZ Suns Courtesy Photo
Dylan DeBusk fills Lehman’s previous role as NAZ Suns Assistant GM

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Thursday changes to their front office staff entering the team’s second season as the Phoenix Suns’ NBA G League affiliate.

NAZ Suns Assistant General Manager Louis Lehman has been promoted to General Manager, and NAZ Suns Director of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Dylan DeBusk will fill Lehman’s previous role as Assistant General Manager.

Former NAZ Suns GM Bubba Burrage will return his focus to the Phoenix Suns in his third year as Director of Player Personnel and seventh year overall with the organization. He has over 20 years of experience in the NBA, including his first four years with the Phoenix Suns as head pro personnel scout. Burrage served as the first General Manager in Northern Arizona Suns history after spending two seasons as GM for the Bakersfield Jam.

Lehman is no stranger to the Suns organization. He is in his sixth season with the Suns, including the past two years with their G League affiliate. The 28-year-old was Assistant GM for the NAZ Suns in 2016-17 and Bakersfield Jam in 2015-16.

Lehman will continue his role in the Phoenix Suns front office, where he is now in his second season as Basketball Operations Manager. He was the Suns’ Basketball Operations Coordinator for two years prior after spending his first two seasons as a Basketball Operations Intern.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be named General Manager for the Northern Arizona Suns,” said Lehman. “I sincerely appreciate the entire Phoenix Suns organization for this opportunity of a lifetime. I specifically would like to thank Mr. Sarver, Ryan McDonough, Trevor Bukstein, Pat Connelly, James Jones, and Bubba Burrage for their support and belief in me to manage our G League affiliate. I look forward to working in conjunction with Coach Ty Ellis and our phenomenal staff on continuing to build on the same principles, style, and culture that Bubba laid the foundation for during his tenure as General Manager. The Northern Arizona Suns will continue to serve as an extension of the Phoenix Suns program with a focus on identifying and developing the next great NBA players, coaches, and executives to come through the G League.”

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Lehman graduated from Catalina Foothills High School before earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in 2011. The new NAZ Suns GM was the Buffaloes’ Head Student Manager for four years from 2007-2011 before joining the Suns organization in the summer of 2012.

DeBusk enters his new role as Assistant GM after one season as NAZ Suns Director of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. The 27-year-old came over to Prescott Valley after spending two years with the Bakersfield Jam, one year as Director of Basketball Operations and another as an assistant coach and video coordinator. DeBusk also serves as a Phoenix Suns Basketball Operations Assistant.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Dylan as my right-hand man with the NAZ Suns,” Lehman said. “Dylan embodies everything the Phoenix Suns organization looks for in an employee. His team-first attitude, work ethic, character, and knowledge of the entire sphere of basketball is extremely impressive. I look forward to working with and mentoring Dylan as he continues to rise the ranks in the G League.”

Prior to his time with the Suns organization, DeBusk spent one year as a basketball operations intern with the then Iowa Energy.

An Arizona native, DeBusk graduated from Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek before attending Arizona State University. While at ASU, he worked as a Student Manager for the Arizona State Men’s Basketball team from 2010-2012. He graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

“I would like to thank Robert Sarver, Ryan McDonough, James Jones, Pat Connelly, Trevor Bukstein, Louis Lehman and the entire Suns organization for this opportunity,” DeBusk said. “I would also like to thank Bubba Burrage and Nate Bjorkgren for providing me with the opportunity to break into professional basketball and work for the Phoenix Suns, as well as their guidance and support. I am very excited about the new role that I have with the organization. I look forward to assisting Louis and the Suns front office to help establish the Northern Arizona Suns as a premier G League franchise which acts as a true development system for the Phoenix Suns and will contribute to their future successes.”

Season tickets are now on sale for the Northern Arizona Suns’ second year in the NBA G League. Visit nazsuns.com/memberships to view available full or half season membership options at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Season tickets start at just $192 and come with a plethora of benefits, including first right of refusal for playoff tickets and exclusive events with the team.