Doug Overton, who's been a Nets assistant for the past five seasons, has been named to replace Bob MacKinnon, who guided the Nets' Springfield Armor affiliate the past two years. MacKinnon was recently named head coach of the Lakers' D-League affiliate, the D-Fenders.
Milton Lee, the Nets general manager of minor league operations, made the choice.
"We are very pleased to welcome Doug as the new head coach of the Armor," said Lee. "Doug brings a wealth of experience as both an NBA player and coach, and his relationship with the Nets over the past several years will make this a very smooth transition for both him and our team."
"I’m excited for the opportunity to take over as the head coach of the Springfield Armor," said Overton. "I’m looking forward to developing our players, both on and off the court, and continuing to build a winning culture in Springfield."
An 11-year NBA veteran, Overton joins the Armor after spending five years (2008-13) on the Nets’ staff as an assistant coach and player development coach. Overton also served two seasons as an assistant coach on Phil Martelli’s staff at Saint Joseph’s (2006-08) and one season as the Philadelphia 76ers’ director of player development (2005-06), where he assisted the coaching and scouting staffs and worked with the team’s community outreach programs.
With so many veterans needing minutes, some of the Nets younger players, including rookie Mason Plumlee, could get time in Springfield. Last year, the Nets used the Armor more extensively than any D-League affiliation they've had in the past, sending Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor down on multiple occasions. The Nets have also called up several players from Springfield, most notably Dennis Horner.
The D-League Draft is the first week of November with tryouts before then. In addition, the Armor will have exclusive D-League rights to the last three players cut by the Nets in training camp. The identities of the camp invites have yet to be disclosed.
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