The Phoenix Suns, as they attempt to defend their Western Conference Championship, will have a slew of new faces assisting head coach Monty Williams for the 2021-22 season.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 7, 2021
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The Suns have promoted Kevin Young to associate head coach. Young, who was an assistant coach last season with Phoenix, was an assistant with the Phildelphia 76ers for four seasons prior to coming to the Valley. Both he and Williams worked together in 2018-19 under Brent Brown.
Young, considered a good coach and even better person, coached the offense in Philly with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. He joined the Phoenix staff at the same time as assistant Brian Randle. Randle is currently coaching the Summer League Suns in Las Vegas.
Bryan Gates, Jarrett Jack, and Steve Scalzi have joined the coaching ranks for Phoenix as well.
Phoenix coach Monty Williams is hiring Bryan Gates as an assistant to replace Willie Green, who left to become New Orleans’ head coach, sources tell ESPN. Gates will reunite with Williams after working for him for five seasons (2010-2015) with the Pelicans.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2021
Jarrett Jack, a 13-year veteran of the NBA, played two seasons for Monty Williams in New Orleans. He played alongside Chris Paul during the 2010-11 season as well.
Most recently the Georgia Tech alum played with the 2021 NBA G League Ignite. This is his first coaching gig. You may recall that Jack was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, the same draft in which Chris Paul went 4th overall.
Steve Scalzi is coming to the Suns after coaching seven years in Oklahoma City. His roles included director of analysis, opposition scouting, and player development coach. He first joined OKC as an assistant coach for their G League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
There are plenty of learning opportunities that lie ahead for all coaches added to the team. Welcome to the Valley.