Former Dallas Mavericks scout Nick Van Exel is returning to the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach on Nate McMillan’s employees.
Van Exel spent the final two seasons with the Mavs.
The Hawks introduced the hiring on Wednesday, bringing again a former All-Star who served as a participant growth teacher for Atlanta from 2010 to 2012.
“Since his enjoying profession ended, Nick has been very profitable in serving to develop younger guards for the groups he’s labored with, together with a number of which have become All-Stars,” McMillan, who led the Hawks to the Jap Convention finals final season after taking up as interim coach, mentioned in a press release.
OFFICIAL: We have named veteran NBA participant Nick Van Exel Assistant Coach!
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 25, 2021
The Hawks have a younger ground common in 22-year outdated Trae Younger, who’s coming into his fourth season within the NBA.
Alongside their level guard are a plethora of younger swingmen in De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter, and Cam Reddish.
Included in that core are the younger, huge man John Collins and a few second-round picks they hope will grow to be stable NBA guards in Skylar Mays and Sharife Cooper.
Van Exel will get an opportunity to work with a wonderful younger core seeking to make noise after reaching the East Finals final season.
McMillan was retained after that run and is the everlasting head coach going into the 2021-22 season.
“We really feel he’ll be an awesome addition serving to our younger core guards proceed to progress,” McMillan mentioned.
Nick Van Exel has earlier teaching expertise with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks.
He additionally coached one season within the G League and spent one other 12 months as an assistant at Texas Southern College.
As a participant, he spent 13 seasons within the NBA and performed for six groups.
His lone All-Star season got here in 1998 when he was a member of the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers.