College - Minnesota
John-Blair “J.B.” Bickerstaff begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. Bickerstaff joins the Rockets after spending four seasons (2007-11) as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Prior to joining the Timberwolves, Bickerstaff spent three seasons (2004-07) as an assistant coach to his father, Bernie Bickerstaff, with the Charlotte Bobcats. He also served as head coach of Charlotte’s Summer League teams in 2005 and 2006. The youngest assistant coach in the NBA at age 25 when he began with the Bobcats in 2004-05, J.B. followed in the footsteps of his father, who was the youngest assistant coach when he joined the NBA at 29 years old in 1973.
Around basketball his whole life, Bickerstaff provided color analysis on radio broadcasts in 2003-04 for the Timberwolves when the team won the Midwest Division and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Prior to that, he served as the director of operations for the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program where he oversaw all administrative areas of the program and assisted the coaching staff with recruiting, scouting and coaching.
Born March 10, 1979, Bickerstaff played his first two collegiate seasons at Oregon State University, where he was the youngest NCAA Division I player as a 17-year-old freshman, and finished his career at the University of Minnesota. He played two seasons with the Golden Gophers (1999-2001) and averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. As a senior, he averaged 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while pacing the team in field goal percentage.