Los Angeles' Eric Musselman Named Head Coach of 2012 NBA Developmental League Select Team
EL SEGUNDO – Los Angeles D-Fenders’ Head Coach Eric Musselman will serve as head coach of the 2012 NBA Development League Select team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this July, it was announced today. Musselman, who won 2012 NBA D-League Coach of the Year, is set to coach the Select team that features the NBA D-League’s top prospects.
Musselman joins the Select team coming off his first season in Los Angeles in which he guided the D-Fenders to an NBA D-League record 38-12 win-loss mark, the first Regular Season Champion award in franchise history and the first NBA D-League Finals berth in team history. Furthermore, Musselman helped the D-Fenders earn the inaugural NBA Development Champion award, which is an honor given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA talent via Call-Ups and player assignments.
“We’re thrilled to have Eric coach our Select team in Las Vegas this summer,” said Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations and player personnel for the NBA D-League. “Eric has proven to be a passionate, energetic coach and a first class developer of talent. We’re looking very forward to working with him during the Summer League.”
Additionally, Musselman coached six Los Angeles Lakers assignment players in 2011-12, including Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Christian Eyenga, Malcolm Thomas and Derrick Caracter. He also developed six players who received NBA GATORADE Call-Ups, highlighted by Gerald Green (Nets), Jamario Moon (Bobcats), Jamaal Tinsley (Jazz), Malcolm Thomas (Rockets/Spurs), Courtney Fortson (Rockets/Clippers) and Ishmael Smith (Magic).
The D-Fenders, who also tied the mark for best home record in league history (21-4), set countless team records and firsts this year, most notably the mark for most wins in a season, longest win streak (10 games), largest margin of victory (40 points, 1/30/12 vs. Canton), largest road margin of victory (31 points, 1/6/12 vs. Reno) and most three-pointers made in a game (17, 3/28/12 vs. Reno).
Musselman’s NBA Summer League staff will include D-Fenders’ coaches Conner Henry, Phil Hubbard and Larry Lewis. The NBA D-League Select team’s roster and schedule will be announced at a later date.