The Wizards confirmed on Saturday to hire Wes Unseld Jr. as the team’s head coach. Unseld became the 25th coach in the history of the team. He replaced Scott Brooks, who had a 183-207 record in five seasons.
Unseld served as an NBA assistant coach for 16 years — including six seasons with the Wizards in 2005-11 — has spent the past six seasons in Denver, where he helped Nikola Jokic become The lowest draft MVP in NBA history. In addition, these Nuggets played 0.500 games in four of his six seasons there, and each of the past three seasons has entered the NBA playoffs.
Official: We have appointed Wes Unseld Jr. as the 25th head coach in team history.
Welcome home, coach! #DCaboveAll
-Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 17, 2021
This will be Unseld’s first time as head coach.
“I want to thank (Wizards General Manager Tommy Shepard) and (Wizards Governor Ted Leonsis) for the opportunity to lead this talented team to continue to develop in a positive direction on and off the court. ,” Unseld said in a team. statement. “Becoming the head coach of the NBA is the goal I have pursued throughout my adult life. It is really special to realize this dream by returning to Washington in its entirety. I look forward to representing the DMV, connecting with our fans, and establishing a new vision for Wizards Basketball standard.”
Shepard said: “Wes is one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA. He is obviously different from the many candidates we consider. His excellent record as a game tactician and his attention to the details of both sides, plus Given his reputation in player development and his outstanding character during his more than 20 years of coaching, there is no doubt that he is the best choice to take our team to the next level.
Unseld played for the Wizards before becoming an assistant coach. After losing his election from Johns Hopkins University in 1997, he worked for Washington as a personnel scout under his father, Wes Unseld, who was the general manager at the time. Before being promoted to assistant coach in 2005, the young Unseld held the position for eight years.
Overall, the young Unseld worked for the Wizards for 14 years before heading to the Golden State Warriors. He will take over a team that has been below 0.500 in each of the past three seasons and has not surpassed the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs since 2017.