The Golden State Warriors have added another former player to their coaching staff. In a somewhat unexpected move, the Warriors have added Lindsey Hunter as an Assistant Coach for the 2013-14 season. Hunter was most recently the Suns interim head coach and posted a 12-29 record in that time. Before serving as the interim head coach, Hunter was the Suns’ player development coordinator.
Despite his coaching tenure, Hunter is most known for his time as a player, as he played in the NBA for 17 years and won a ring with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the Detroit Pistons in 2004. The NBA journeyman averaged 8.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.
The acquisition of Hunter might seem strange and unexpected, but it actually addresses a very real need for the Warriors franchise. Hunter’s expertise as a coach comes in the field of player development. He was the Sun’s player development coordinator and prior to that served as the Chicago Bulls player development assistant.
The Warriors have a surplus of young and untested players and their career as Warriors will be largely dependent on how the coaching staff develops them. Hunter will be invaluable in training rookies Nemanja Nedovic and Ognjen Kuzmic as well as further developing sophomores Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Kent Bazemore, and Festus Ezeli.