May 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to assistant coach Brian Shaw on the sideline in a game against the Atlanta Hawks in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 106-83. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
As you know by now, Gentry is a primarily an offensive coach.
His early 2010s Suns were a fast paced juggernaut that was first in the league in PPG. It might be unfair to call blame Gentry for the team’s defensive woes considering their core was built up of Amar’e Stoudemire (terrible defender), Grant Hill (extremely old), and Steve Nash (terrible defender, and extremely old), but regardless, a strong defensive mind would compliment him perfectly.
This is a good thing for the Pelicans.
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In today’s league it’s much easier to find a defensive coordinator willing to be an assistant, then to find a brilliant offensive mind willing to compliment coaches like Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy.
Regardless, even if there wasn’t an abundance of defensive coordinators, this assistant job would be highly coveted because:
"1: Alvin Gentry is well-known as an open-minded Head Coach who respects and promotes the ideas of his staff, and 2: You would get to mold a defense around the electrifying Anthony Davis."
Let’s take a quick look, at a few of the candidates who could make up Gentry’s staff:
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