Alvin Gentry

Alvin Gentry

Associate Head Coach

Previous Team: New Orleans

Alvin Gentry joins the Kings for his first season as associate head coach, bringing more than 35 years of experience to the Sacramento bench. He most recently served as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, where he guided the team to 48 wins during the 2018-19 regular season – the third most in team history – and a trip to the NBA Playoffs, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals for only the second time in franchise history.

Prior to New Orleans, Gentry was the Associate Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, helping lead the team to the 2015 NBA Championship. Alvin has also previously served as head coach for the Miami Heat (1995), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-2003) and Phoenix Suns (2008-2013). In 1,105 games, Gentry has garnered a career record of 510-595 (.462).

With Gentry at the helm of the Suns, he guided Phoenix to the 2010 Western Conference Finals following a 54-28 regular season record – the fourth best in Phoenix franchise history – and led the NBA in scoring with 110.2 points per game, along with offensive rating (115.3), and finished fourth in pace of play (95.3), while being the only team in the league to connect on over 40-percent of their three-point field goal attempts (.412).

During his tenure in Detroit, Gentry led the Pistons to the 1999 NBA playoffs during his only full season as head coach of the club. In Los Angeles, Gentry improved the Clippers’ record by 16 wins during his first season in 2000-01 (31-51), and added another eight wins the following season (39-43), marking the franchise’s best finish in nearly a decade. During the 2013-14 season, Gentry served as the associate head coach of the Clippers, where Los Angeles led the league in both scoring (107.9 points per game) and offensive rating (112.1), while also finishing seventh in pace of play (95.9). While with the Warriors, Golden State led the league in scoring (110.0 point per game) and pace of play (98.3), while finishing second in offensive rating (111.6).

The Shelby, North Carolina native was a point guard at Appalachian State, where he earned a degree in management (1977) prior to his coaching career. Gentry is the proud father of three grown children, daughter Alexis who resides in Denver, along with sons Ryan, a 2020 graduate of University of San Diego, and Jack, a sophomore at University of Southern California.


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