The Nets officially announced their new coaching staff on Tuesday.
The Nets hired former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson to be their head coach for the 2016-2017 season in April, after which he began assembling the staff he will bring to Brooklyn with him. The hires include…
Jacque Vaughn: Vaughn's experience includes a 12-year playing career in the NBA, two years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs and then a three and a half year stint as head coach of the Orlanda Magic where he had a 26.9% winning percentage before being fired mid-season.
Chris Fleming: Fleming only has one year of NBA experience as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets. However, he coached in the German basketball league from 1998 until 2014, where he amassed multiple championships and was once named the German League coach of the year. He is also currently the coach of the German national team.
Adam Harrinngton: Harrington was formerly Kevin Durant's personal trainer and Oklahoma City Thunder shooting coach. He is most known as the person who incorporated the Dirk Nowitzki single-legged jumper into Durant's game.
Jordan Ott: Ott served with Atkinson in the Atlanta Hawks organization, where he was the team video coordinator for three seasons. Point guard Jeff Teague once publicly referred to him as his favorite assistant. Ott has also previously worked with Atkinson on the Dominican Republic National Team.
Mike Batiste: Batiste is a one-year NBA player whose coaching experience most notably features two years as an assistant with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League (Cavaliers affiliate).
Bret Brielmaier: Brielmaier has been an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers since July 2013 after four years in the San Antonio Spurs organization, where he was promoted all the way to video coordinator.
Will Weaver: Weaver is a 31 year-old analytics expert who was the Philadelphia 76ers video coordinator since 2014. He left the 76ers to join the Nets due to his wife who is pursuing a fellowship at Colombia Medical School.
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For the first time since the move to Brooklyn, it finally feels like the coaching staff has been cleaned out and re-made, and it should bring a completely modern outlook to the organization. It feels fantastic.
It's a really eclectic mix, but you can see how the common bond ties throughout. It's clear that when Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson put this staff together, they had a vision as to the product of basketball they want their team to play, and how each individual coach is going to have a specific role in bringing that to pass.
Atkinson has been known to get the most out of his players and aid their development, and from the looks of it, his first staff will strive to excel in the same ways. I'm eager to see how it all comes together on the floor.