The Wizards on Saturday confirmed the hiring of Wes Unseld Jr. because the group’s head coach. Unseld turns into the twenty fifth coach in franchise historical past, and he takes over for Scott Brooks, who compiled a 183-207 file over 5 seasons.
Unseld, who was an NBA assistant for 16 years — together with six seasons with the Wizards from 2005-11 — has spent the final six seasons in Denver, the place he helped Nikola Jokic change into the lowest-drafted MVP in NBA historical past. Furthermore, these Nuggets groups completed 10 video games over .500 in 4 of his six seasons there and made the NBA playoffs every of the final three seasons.
This will likely be Unseld’s first time as a head coach.
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“I wish to thank (Wizards normal supervisor Tommy Sheppard) and (Wizards governor Ted Leonsis) for the chance to steer this gifted group each on and off the court docket and to proceed transferring the franchise in a optimistic route,” Unseld stated in a group assertion. “Changing into a head coach within the NBA is a objective that I’ve pursued my complete grownup life and to have that dream realized by coming full circle again to Washington is actually particular. I sit up for representing the DMV, connecting with our followers and establishing a brand new normal for Wizards basketball.”
Stated Sheppard: “Wes is among the most extremely regarded assistant coaches within the NBA and clearly separated himself from the massive and various group of candidates we thought of. His sturdy file as an in-game tactician alongside along with his consideration to element on either side of the ball, mixed along with his status for participant improvement and excellent character throughout his 20-plus years of teaching, left little doubt that he was your best option to information our group to the subsequent stage.”
Unseld had a historical past with the Wizards even earlier than he turned an assistant coach. After going undrafted out of Johns Hopkins in 1997, he went to work for Washington as a personnel scout beneath his father, Wes Unseld, who was normal supervisor on the time. The youthful Unseld served in that capability for eight years earlier than being promoted to assistant coach in 2005.
In all, the youthful Unseld labored within the Wizards group for 14 years earlier than leaving for Golden State. He’ll take over a group that has completed beneath .500 in every of the final three seasons and has not superior past the primary spherical of the Jap Convention playoffs since 2017.