The Washington Wizards formally introduced Wes Unseld Jr because the franchise’s twenty fifth head coach on Saturday night.
Unseld, 49, is a well-known title for long-time Wizards observers, as he’s the son of the late Corridor of Famer Wes Unseld Sr, who was the 1968-69 NBA MVP and a five-time All-Star for the franchise.
The youthful Unseld had been a Nuggets assistant since 2015 and was a Wizards assistant coach from 2005-11. The elder Unseld, who died 13 months in the past at age 74, holds franchise information for rebounds, video games and minutes performed. He additionally helped Washington wins their lone NBA title in 1978 and later served as common supervisor in addition to coach for the franchise.
Throughout his tenure with the Nuggets, Unseld Jr was instrumental in creating Nikola Jokic into the lowest-drafted MVP in NBA historical past and the year-to-year enchancment of Jamal Murray as one of many prime younger guards within the NBA. He served beneath the title of affiliate head coach in his remaining yr at Denver.
“Wes is without doubt one of the most highly-regarded assistant coaches within the NBA and clearly separated himself from the big and numerous group of candidates we thought of,” Wizards common supervisor Tommy Sheppard stated. “His sturdy report as an in-game tactician alongside along with his consideration to element on each side of the ball mixed along with his repute for participant growth and excellent character throughout his 20+ years of teaching left little doubt that he was your best option to information our workforce to the following stage.”
Between his stints with Washington and Denver, Unseld spent two-plus seasons (2012-15) as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic and one season (2011-12) with the Golden State Warriors.
“I need to thank Tommy and Mr Leonsis for the chance to guide this proficient workforce each on and off the courtroom and to proceed shifting the franchise in a optimistic course,” Unseld stated. “Turning into a head coach within the NBA is a aim that I’ve pursued my total grownup life and to have that dream realized by coming full circle again to Washington is actually particular. I stay up for representing the DMV, connecting with our followers and establishing a brand new commonplace for Wizards basketball.”
Unseld replaces Scott Brooks, who put collectively a 34-38 report in 2020-21, and helped the workforce navigate the play-in rounds to assert the No 8 seed within the East. Brooks went 183-207 in 5 seasons as Washington’s coach.