Dennis Lindsey serves as Senior Basketball Advisor for the Utah Jazz following two seasons as executive vice president of basketball operations and seven seasons as the team’s general manager. In his current role he is heavily involved with college scouting, the NBA Draft and identifying Jazz prospects. During his tenure as executive vice president, Lindsey oversaw all of Jazz basketball operations. As general manager, Lindsey added support staff to the team’s basketball operations department, implemented enhanced performance and analytics tracking systems, oversaw a remodel of Zions Bank Basketball Campus (practice facility) and led six drafts as the primary day-to-day contact for Jazz basketball operations while assembling a team that reached the Western Conference Semifinals in 2017. Lindsey also helped return NBA summer league basketball to Salt Lake City for the first time since 2008 by organizing and overseeing the Salt Lake City Summer League.
Lindsey came to Salt Lake City after spending five seasons with San Antonio as the Spurs’ vice president and assistant general manager. During his tenure with San Antonio he was responsible for directing all of the team’s player personnel matters, leading all draft-related efforts, managing the Spurs’ professional, college and international scouting aspects and overseeing the team’s analytical department, as well as handling the day-to-day management of basketball operations including salary cap management and interfacing with the NBA, coaches and player agents. Over his five seasons with San Antonio, the Spurs compiled a 271-123 (.688) regular season record, third best in the NBA during that span. The Spurs won 50-plus games and advanced to the NBA Playoffs all five seasons, winning three Southwest Division titles, twice finishing with the best record in the Western Conference, and reaching two Western Conference Finals (2008, 2012).
Prior to joining the Spurs, Lindsey spent 11 seasons with the Houston Rockets, serving as the team’s vice president of basketball operations and player personnel from 2002-2007. Lindsey originally joined the Rockets as video coordinator/ scout in 1996, later serving as director of basketball development and then director of player personnel.
As a select member of the Houston Gold AAU program in 1987, the Freeport, Texas, native helped lead the Houston Gold to the spring 1987 BCI National Championship. Lindsey later earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University (1992) and a graduate degree in sports management from the U.S. Sports Academy (1994). Lindsey played guard on the Baylor basketball team for four seasons (1988-92) and helped lead the Bears to the 1988 NCAA tournament and the 1990 NIT tournament. Lindsey was inducted into the Brazosport Independent School District Wall of Fame, Baylor Distinguished Alumni, and Pensacola State Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Becky, have four children, Jacob, Matthew, Meredith and Jessica Claire. Jacob graduated with honors from Baylor University in 2019 where he was a three-year letterman in basketball. Matthew played basketball for Olympus and helped guide the Titans to the 2016 Class 4A State Title. He also played for Salt Lake Community College. Lindsey’s father-in-law is long-time football coach F.A. Dry who served as the head coach at both Tulsa and Texas Christian. In an effort to honor and thank local educators, Lindsey and his wife personally purchase and donate Jazz tickets to local schools. Over the past seven seasons, a total of 5,034 teachers and their families attended a Jazz game on behalf of the Lindsey’s as part of their Tickets for Teachers program. Becky is also a board member at Primary Children’s Hospital and enjoys her time serving there.