Wes Unseld Jr. agrees to become Wizards head coach

Wes Unseld Jr. to be next coach of Washington Wizards initially appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Wizards have actually discovered their male. 

The group has actually employed previous Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. as the group’s next head coach, bringing the DMV-native back to his roots, the group revealed.

Unseld Jr. was an assistant for the Denver Nuggets given that 2015, his 4th stop as an assistant coach. He formerly made stops with the Wizards (2005-2011), Warriors (2011-2012) and Magic (2012-2015). 

He, naturally, is the boy of Wizards legend Wes Unseld Sr., who died last June and is the most embellished gamer in franchise history. As a member of the Bullets from 1968-1981, Unseld Sr. led the franchise to its only champion in 1978. He was the league’s MVP in 1969 and was a five-time NBA All-Star. Unseld Sr. was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Popularity in 1988 and was the franchise’s coach from 1987 to 1994. 

His No. 41 is memorialized on a banner in the rafters at Capital One Arena, above the flooring where his boy will be the 25th head coach in franchise history. 

“Wes is one of the most highly-regarded assistant coaches in the NBA and clearly separated himself from the large and diverse group of candidates we considered,” Wizards basic supervisor Tommy Sheppard stated in a declaration. “His strong record as an in-game tactician along with his attention to detail on both sides of the ball combined with his reputation for player development and outstanding character during his 20+ years of coaching left no doubt that he was the best choice to guide our team to the next level.”

Unseld Jr. will sign up with a Wizards team aiming to enhance on defense, however likewise aiming to guarantee their young skill has the ability to thrive and establish. 

“I want to thank Tommy and Mr. (Ted) Leonsis for the opportunity to lead this talented team both on and off the court and to continue moving the franchise in a positive direction,” Unseld Jr. stated in the declaration.

“Becoming a head coach in the NBA is a goal that I have pursued my entire adult life and to have that dream realized by coming full circle back to Washington is truly special. I look forward to representing the DMV, connecting with our fans and establishing a new standard for Wizards basketball.”   

Unseld Jr. played his college ball at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and his high school ball at Loyola High School in Towson, Md.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.