Chad Iske looks as if he is latest coach to join the Philadelphia 76ers‘ coaching staff. The Sixers agreed in principal to hire Iske as an assistant coach after hiring Lloyd Pierce this week.
Iske is a bit of an unconventional pick to join the coaching staff, especially if head coach Brett Brown is looking to build his team in the same manner as his former team the San Antonio Spurs. This seems to be for the strategic reasons since Iske was in charge of scouting upcoming opponents and assisted in game-plan preparation for the Denver Nuggets last season. This may also be useful down the line when the Sixers are in the playoffs and need an upper hand against an opponent.
Like Brown and Pierce, Iske was an integral member of a team competing for an NBA title. He was one of the reasons the Nuggets had the fourth best record in the league at 57-25. The Nuggets also had the best home record nearly going undefeated at 38-3.
GM Sam Hinkie seems to be planning long-term and using his analytic approach since both assistants will most likely have a different role in assisting Brown with coaching and planning.
For those unfamiliar with Iske, he has worked in the league for 14 years. He started as an intern beginning with the 1999-2000 season and worked his way up to an assistant, all with the Nuggets. He also was a scout in the D-League and CBA during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.
The Sixers have one more assistant spot left to fill. Hinkie will fill that spot with an assistant from a successful team last season. He will hire someone who can work on conditioning or strategic piece that’s missing from the staff.