Could Phoenix Suns’ Kevin Young become an NBA head coach soon?

Phoenix Suns assistant coach Kevin Young yells to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)


Each spring during the NBA playoffs, ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz puts together a list of coaches whom he’s heard chatter could become head coaches in the league someday.

Arnovitz released his 2022 list last week, and the first name mentioned was Kevin Young, a Utah native who currently has the title of associate head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the best team in the Western Conference this season.

“If it’s alignment you’re looking for, Suns associate head coach Kevin Young is a natural fit,” Arnovitz wrote. “Both the Suns’ basketball ops crew and head coach Monty Williams regard Young as an essential hub to share ideas across the organization.

“It’s a logical role for a young coach who excels at both listening and communicating.”

Young, 40, was a head coach in Ireland for a year at age 23 before becoming an assistant at UVU (then UVSC) for a season.

He was then an assistant at a small school in Georgia for a year before becoming an assistant with the NBA D-League’s (now G League) Utah Flash, which is now the Salt Lake City Stars.

He held that role for a season before being promoted to head coach for the 2010-2011 campaign.

Young then succeeded current Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse as head coach of the D-League’s Iowa Energy, a post he held until 2013 when he became an assistant with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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