The Dallas Mavericks announced on Tuesday the finalized members of new head coach Jason Kidd’s coaching staff.
Kidd’s staff features himself and eight assistant coaches, three of which have been with the Mavericks for 13, six and four years. One coach is in his first season on the sidelines, after a transition from a playing career. And another coach played for the Los Angeles Sparks this season in the WNBA.
Here is a breakdown of who is who on Kidd’s staff.
Igor Kokoskov joins the Mavericks after he spent last season coaching in the Turkish League’s Fenerbache. However, before his stint in the Turkish League, Kokoskov gained two decades worth of NBA coaching experience as an assistant coach with the L.A. Clippers (2000), Detroit Pistons (2003-08), Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz. He was the head coach of the Suns for one season (2018-19), and he spent one final year (2019) before leaving for the Turkish League with the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach.
Kokoskov also coached Luka Dončić and the Slovenian national team when they won the 2017 Eurobasket title.
Sean Sweeney worked with Kidd in both Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons.
Sweeney started his NBA coaching career in Brooklyn with the Nets. He went from video coordinator to being named an assistant coach in advance of the 2013-14 season. Before his NBA career, he was the video coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa and the director of basketball operations at the University of Evansville. He also held assistant coaching positions at the Anoka Ramsey Community College and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Jared Dudley played 14 seasons in the NBA, and with the Mavericks, he’ll try his hand at coaching. Recently, Dudley played his final two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.
Over the course of his career, Dudley played for seven franchises and 904 games. And in college, he was a four-year starter at Boston College and averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.4 minutes over 130 games for the Eagles.
Greg St. Jean joins Kidd’s bench after working with him in Los Angeles. St. Jean was a player development coach and scout for the Lakers, playing a factor in helping the Lakers win the 2020 NBA title.
His previous experience includes a four-year run as an assistant at St. Johns University. He’s also spent time with the Kings as an assistant player development coach.
Recently, he served as the Mavericks’ summer league head coach in Las Vegas.
Kristi Toliver first coached in the NBA with the Washington Wizards. She spent two seasons there (2018-20), where she coached and played in the WNBA concurrently.
Toliver is a 12-year WNBA veteran. She’s played more than 350 games with Washington, the Chicago Sky and the Los Angeles Sparks. This season, she’s averaging 9.7 points and 2.9 assists through 18 games with the Sparks.
She’s enjoyed a decorated career thus far in the WNBA. Toliver has been named a three-time WNBA All-Star (2013, 2018, 2019), 2012 Second Team All-WNBA and the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player. Outside of individual achievement, she’s also won two WNBA championships with L.A. (2016) and Washington (2019).
Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod and Peter Patton are the final names on Kidd’s coaching staff. Each has been in Dallas for an extended period of time. Armstrong is entering his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod enters his sixth and Patton his fourth.
With the coaching staff set, the focus shifts towards finding the system that optimizes the talent currently on the roster. It won’t be an easy task, but having a player like Dončić gives these coaches a bit of a cheat code.
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