The head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Eric Musselman, will serve as head coach of the 2012 NBA Development League Select team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this July.
Musselman, who won 2012 NBA D-League Coach of the Year after leading the D-Fenders to the D-League Finals, is set to coach the Select team this summer. The team features all the top prospects from the NBA D-League.
It was announced today that Musselman, who completed his first season as head coach of the D-Fenders, was given the job due to his success as a coach and his ability to develop D-League players and give them the opportunity to earn call-ups to the NBA.
According to the official team press release, Musselman embodied what D-League officials are looking for in their head coaches.
“Additionally, Musselman coached six Los Angeles Lakers assignment players in 2011-12, including Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Christian Eyenga, Malcolm Thomas and Derrick Caracter. He also developed six players who received NBA GATORADE Call-Ups, highlighted by Gerald Green (Nets), Jamario Moon (Bobcats), Jamaal Tinsley (Jazz), Malcolm Thomas (Rockets/Spurs), Courtney Fortson (Rockets/Clippers) and Ishmael Smith (Magic).”