The Philadelphia 76ers add a well respected assistant coach to their ranks that came from the same coaching tree as head coach Brett Brown.
The search for the replacement for Monty Williams, who is now the head coach for the Phoenix Suns, has come to an end. Williams was the right hand man and lead assistant on head coach Brett Brown’s staff this past season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers have found a more than qualified candidate.
After seven years under Gregg Popovich, Spurs assistant Ime Udoka has agreed to become Brett Brown’s lead assistant with the 76ers, league sources tell ESPN. Brown reaches back to his Spurs roots on a strong replacement for Monty Williams.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2019
Ime Udoka has been an assistant on the San Antonio Spurs since the 2012-13 season. He won a championship as an assistant in the 2013-14 season. Before he become an assistant on head coach Gregg Popovich’s staff, Udoka had played in the NBA for seven seasons. His last four seasons were as a member of the Spurs. For his career, Udoka averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds, while shooting 41.7 percent on field goal attempts.
The fit is beyond obvious. Brown’s last season as an assistant for the Spurs before becoming the 76ers head coach was Udoka’s first on Popovich’s staff. Brown was also an assistant for Udoka’s tenure as player for San Antonio as well. Adding an assistant from a franchise with so much pedigree as the Spurs is a good move and adding someone who comes from the same culture as Brown did is another positive.
This hire comes after the Sixers recently interviewed well known former NBA coach Avery Johnson. Johnson had coached the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets in the past, while most recently coaching in college. I recently wrote about Johnson’s coaching background and potential fit.
This was a positive move made by the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. Brown gets an assistant that he’s familiar with and who comes from the same culture that he did. Udoka should certainly help the Sixers to continue to develop the structure and culture as most of the roster could look much different than it did last season.