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NBA G League 101: Coaching Call-Ups

The NBA’s minor league is not just a place to develop players; it’s also proven to be a place to develop coaches for the next level.

Over the last three seasons alone, 29 former NBA G League coaches have been hired by NBA teams. Five NBA G League coaches have gone on to become NBA head coaches: former Charlotte Bobcats head coach Sam Vincent, former Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson), and current head coaches Dave Joerger (Sacramento Kings), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers).

Joerger (Dakota Wizards, 2007) and Snyder (Austin Toros, 2008) both led teams to the NBA G League Finals, with Joerger winning a title.

Below is the full list of 73 NBA G League coaches who have been hired by NBA teams.

Note: Below list updated before start of 2016-17 season.

YEAR COACH NBA G League Team NBA Team
2001-02 Bob Thornton Huntsville Flight head coach Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach
2001-02 Alex English North Charleston Lowgators head coach Sacramento Kings assistant coach
2001-02 Harold Ellis Roanoke Dazzle assistant coach Atlanta Hawks advance scout
2002-03 Dell Demps Mobile Revelers assistant coach New Orleans Hornets general manager
2003-04 Jeff Capel Fayetteville Patriots head coach Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach
2003-04 Rob Werdann Columbus Riverdragons assistant coach Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach
2003-04 Mike Born Huntsville Flight assistant coach Portland Trail Blazers scout
2003-04 Kelvin Upshaw Charleston Lowgators assistant coach Dallas Mavericks basketball operations assistant
2004-05 Mike Sanders Asheville Altitude assistant coach Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach
2004-05 Ralph Lewis Huntsville Flight head coach Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach
2005-06 Casey Owens Fayetteville Patriots assistant coach Chicago Bulls video coordinator/assistant coach
2005-06 Sam Vincent Fort Worth Flyers head coach Dallas Mavericks assistant coach
2006-07 Paul Mokeski Fort Worth Flyers assistant coach Dallas Mavericks scout
2006-07 David Joerger Dakota Wizards head coach Memphis Grizzlies head coach
2006-07 Mo McHone Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach San Antonio Spurs director of basketball development
2007-08 Mike Brown Fayetteville head coach Chicago Bulls assistant coach
2007-08 Joe Wolf Colorado 14ers head coach Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach
2007-08 Roy Rogers Austin Toros assistant coach New Jersey Nets assistant coach
2007-08 Jeff Ruland Albuquerque Thunderbirds head coach Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach
2008-09 Bryan Gates Idaho Stampede head coach New Orleans Hornets assistant coach
2008-09 Scott Roth Bakersfield Jam head coach Toronto Raptors assistant coach
2008-09 Robert Pack Rio Grande Valley Vipers assistant coach Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach
2009-10 Vitaly Potapenko Fort Wayne Mad Ants assistant coach Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach
2009-10 Quin Snyder Austin Toros head coach Atlanta Hawks assistant coach
2009-10 John Treloar Erie BayHawks head coach Phoenix Suns director of player personnel
2010-11 Austin Ainge Maine Red Claws head coach Boston Celtics president of basketball operations
2010-11 Chris Finch Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Houston Rockets assistant coach
2010-11 Dee Brown Springfield Armor head coach Detroit Pistons assistant coach
2011-12 Nate Tibbetts Tulsa 66ers head coach Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach
2011-12 Clay Moser Los Angeles D-Fenders assistant coach Los Angeles Lakers advance scout
2011-12 Darvin Ham New Mexico Thunderbirds head coach Atlanta Hawks assistant coach
2012-13 Dale Osbourne Tulsa 66ers head coach Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach
2012-13 Brad Jones Austin Toros head coach Utah Jazz assistant coach
2012-13 Jay Larranaga Erie BayHawks head coach Boston Celtics assistant coach
2012-13 Alex Lloyd Austin Toros assistant coach Atlanta Hawks player development coach
2012-13 Sean Rooks Sioux Falls assistant coach Phoenix Suns player development coach
2013-14 Alex Jensen Canton Charge head coach Utah Jazz player development coach
2013-14 Taylor Jenkins Austin Toros head coach Atlanta Hawks assistant coach
2013-14 Duane Ticknor Fort Wayne Mad Ants head coach Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach
2013-14 Larry Lewis LA D-Fenders assistant coach Los Angeles Lakers player development coach
2013-14 Mark Madsen Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Los Angeles Lakers player development coach
2013-14 Nick Nurse Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Toronto Raptors assistant coach
2013-14 Scott Williams Idaho Stampede assistant coach Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach
2013-14 Bernard Smith Dakota Wizards assistant coach Detroit Pistons player development coach
2014-15 Steve Hetzel Canton Charge head coach Charlotte Hornets assistant coach
2014-15 Pat Delaney Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Charlotte Hornets assistant coach
2014-15 Jay Humphries Reno Bighorns head coach Brooklyn Nets assistant coach
2014-15 Rod Baker Delaware 87ers head coach Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach
2014-15 James Posey Canton Charge assistant coach Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach
2014-15 Darko Rajakovic Tulsa 66ers head coach Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach
2014-15 Ron Nored Maine Red Claws assistant coach Boston Player development coach
2014-15 Jim Moran Maine Red Claws player development coach Portland Trail Blazers assistant video coordinator*
2014-15 Thomas Scott Los Angeles D-Fenders D-Fenders assistant coach Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
2014-15 Luke Walton Los Angeles D-Fenders assistant coach Golden State assistant coach
2015-16 Conner Henry Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Orlando Magic assistant coach
2015-16 Andrae Patterson Idaho Stampede assistant coach Utah Jazz player personal coordinator
2015-16 Eduardo Najera Texas Legends head coach Dallas Mavericks advance scout
2015-16 Nancy Lieberman Texas Legends head coach Sacramento Kings assistant coach
2015-16 Anthony Carter Austin Spurs assistant coach Sacramento Kings assistant coach
2015-16 Earl Watson Austin Spurs assistant coach Phoenix Suns assistant coach
2016-17 Jordi Fernandez Canton Charge head coach Denver Nuggets assistant coach
2016-17 Casey Owens L.A. head coach L.A. Lakers assistant coach/Advanced Scout
2016-17 Kevin Young Delaware 87ers head coach Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach
2016-17 Jon Bryant Delaware 87ers assistant coach Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach/player development
2016-17 Dan Craig Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Miami Heat assistant coach
2016-17 Otis Smith Grand Rapids Drive head coach Detroit Pistons assistant coach/Director of Player Development
2016-17 Mike Batiste Canton Charge assistant coach Brooklyn Nets Player Development Coach
2016-17 Jesse Mermuys Raptors 905 head coach Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
2016-17 Nick Van Exel Texas Legends head coach Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach
2016-17 Stephen Graham Fort Wayne Mad Ants assistant coach Denver Nuggets assistant coach
2016-17 Damon Jones Canton Charge assistant coach Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach
2016-17 Patrick Mutombo Austin Spurs assistant coach Toronto Raptors assistant coach
2016-17 Darnell Lazarre Iowa Energy assistant coach Memphis Grizzlies assistant video coordinator
2016-17 Nate Babcock Erie BayHawks assistant coach Utah Jazz coaching associate