Former North Carolina star and 18-year NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse has agreed to be a part of the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reviews. Stackhouse, who was the No. three decide within the 1995 NBA draft, spent the final two seasons as the pinnacle coach of Raptors 905 of the G-League. Earlier than that, Stackhouse was an assistant below Dwayne Casey for the Toronto Raptors.
Stackhouse led Toronto 905 to consecutive G League Finals appearances, together with the 2017 G League championship. He was named 2017 G-League Coach of the Yr.
In Memphis, Stackhouse joins head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and a group that went 22-60 final season and completed final within the Southwest Division of the Western Convention.
“You’ve seen his affect with the type of his group — he has excellent communications expertise along with his gamers, positively has a presence about him,’’ former NBA participant and head coach, who now leads the Alabama program, Avery Johnson told the NY Post. “The X’s and O’s, that’s simple for him. He understands the sport. His group is ready, good spacing and he’s a extra balanced coach. … He’s a man who can fireplace a group up after they want to get fired up, however I don’t assume he’ll be a screamer. He’s going to be a greater trainer. When he talked, you listened — these sort of guys. Didn’t overtalk. He picked the best time.”
Stackhouse was a scorching title on the teaching carousel following the 2017-18 NBA season. He interviewed with the Raptors and the New York Knicks for his or her respective head teaching jobs and was talked about as a candidate for varied different openings. Stackhouse will possible be an intriguing title in future offseasons when extra head teaching positions open up. His wealth of expertise within the NBA as a participant has translated properly to teaching.
“(Stackhouse) has quickly developed a status for his tactical acumen and talent to maintain gamers accountable,” Wojnarowski writes.
Stackhouse turned a fan favourite in North Carolina throughout his two seasons in Chapel Hill and stays a well-liked determine among the many Carolina devoted. The Kinston, N.C. native performed two seasons at UNC from 1993-1995. He averaged 15.7 factors, 6.6 rebounds, 2.three assists, and 1.three steals throughout his two seasons enjoying below head coach Dean Smith. Stackhouse shot 49.6 % from the sphere and 35.5 % from three-point vary. He earned consensus first-team All-American honors in 1995 and was named Nationwide Participant of the Yr by Sports activities Illustrated.
Stackhouse’s most memorable play continues to obtain airtime annually — a one-handed reverse up and under dunk at Duke in 1995. The play is thought for the post-dunk strut as a lot as for the slam itself.
Declaring for the draft after his sophomore season, Stackhouse was chosen No. three total within the 1995 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6-foot-6 wing would go on to play for the 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Warmth, Atlanta Hawks, and Brooklyn Nets. Over his 18 NBA seasons, Stackhouse averaged 16.9 factors and three.2 rebounds. Whereas enjoying for Detroit through the 2000-2001 season, Stackhouse averaged a career-high of 29.eight factors per recreation. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Workforce.
Stackhouse’s son, Jaye, was a walk-on security for UNC soccer for 2 seasons. Jaye is not with the group following back-to-back knee accidents.