There's a new coach in Northern California. He's an oldie, but goodie. 5-time All-Star Paul Westphal will be named the head coach of the Sacramento Kings later today. [Basketball Reference: coaching record | playing record]
Jump for some linkage and a look the the Warriors and Kings' hoops quads.
From Sactown Royalty:
- Kings to Hire Paul Westphal
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the WESTPHAL
- Spinning Kurt Rambis
Westphal is expected to hire Dallas Mavericks assistant Mario Elie, and strongly consider ex-Phoenix and Milwaukee Bucks coach Terry Porter and veteran NBA assistant Brian James. Bryan Gates, a rising star in the NBA's D-League for the Idaho Stampede, is expected to be a strong candidate for a spot on the staff.
- Coach Don Nelson- Undoubtedly a coaching legend and hoops genius, but does he have the patience and will to right this sinking ship?
- Shooting Guard Monta Ellis- His immaturity was the #1 reason the Warriors couldn't even reach 30 wins in 2008-2009. Can his resurgence be the #1 reason for the team's improvement in 2009-2010?
- Power Forward Anthony Randolph- An enigma in all senses of the word. A breakout season looks to be on the horizon for this young man.
- Center Andris Biedrins- Guaranteed double-double without much defense. Troy Murphy without a jumpshot?
- Coach: Paul Westphal- He might not be the most exciting coaching hire right now, but he does have a proven track record in this league.
- Shooting Guard Kevin Martin- His defense this past season was Monta Ellis bad (see what happens when these guys square off), but he is a top notch shooter and scorer.
- Power Forward Jason Thompson- This guy's a beast. If he cuts down on the fouls, he's going to have a break out season next year.
- Center Spencer Hawes- Easily the smallest name of out these 6 players, but take a look at these numbers he put up post All-Star break: 13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 ast : 2.3 to, 0.7 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 33:42 minutes. Will he make a name for himself next year?