Brooklyn Nets hire two former ‘Noles as Assistant GMs

The Brooklyn Nets had a hole to fill in their front office with an open assistant GM position this offseason. They’ve decided to fill that spot with two former members of the Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball program, Andy Birdsong (2009-11) and Jeff Peterson (2012).

Birdsong served as a graduate assistant under head coach Leonard Hamilton from 2009-11, one year before Jeff Peterson arrived as a grad-transfer in Tallahassee. He held titles as a scout and Basketball Operations Manager for the Atlanta Hawks from 2012-15. In 2017, Birdsong joined the San Antonio Spurs organization as Director of Player Personel and the General Manager of the G-League affiliate Austin Spurs.

In a release, Brooklyn General Manager Sean Marks had some glowing praise for Birdsong.

“Andy is an accomplished basketball executive who brings a wealth of experience in talent evaluation and roster construction to our front office team,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “The knowledge he has garnered from his time as a member of such exemplary organizations as the Spurs and the Hawks will greatly benefit our group. We are excited to welcome Andy, his wife, Megan, and his son, Ace, to Brooklyn.”

Peterson spent the first two seasons of his career at Iowa before transferring to Arkansas. He spent two more years in Fayetteville, redshirting during one, before transferring to Florida State for his final season of eligibility. Peterson contributed to the ‘Noles in a reserve role during the 2011-12 season, helping propel the program to its first-ever ACC Championship and a school record fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. He averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game in the garnet and gold. Highlights of his one season in Tallahassee included a 7 point, 4 assist, and 1 steal outing against Michigan State and a 6 point, 4 rebound, 2 assist, and 1 steal performance against Duke.

Following his college playing career, Peterson latched on with the Atlanta Hawks as a seasonal basketball operations assistant. After just a year, he was promoted to scout and Basketball Operations Coordinator. In 2015, Peterson was named Director of Scouting and his climb continued when he was elevated to Atlanta’s Assistant GM role. After spending seven years with the Hawks, the former guard has his eyes set on the rising opportunity in Brooklyn.

Marks had some comments to add on Peterson’s hiring,

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and his wife, Lauren, to Brooklyn,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Jeff is an innovative basketball executive who shares our strategic team building vision and will fit seamlessly within our culture. His extensive scouting and front office experience will be tremendous assets to our group as we continue to move forward.”

Whether it’s on the court or in the front office, the Florida State brand is beginning to establish itself in NBA circles.

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