Another day, another 905 award. It was announced today that 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse have been named the D-League Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season. (It should be mentioned: Stackhouse was easily the best dressed coach in the D-League, but that isn’t part of the award.)
Stackhouse led the 905 to a 39-11 record, good for the best record in the D-League and the second best in D-League history. He also led the 905 to the franchise’s first playoff appearance after winning the Central Division title. Stackhouse’s 905 had a 21-4 road record, and held opponents under 100 points per game. His roster also had three NBA call-ups — Axel Toupane (twice) and Walter “Edy” Tavares.
Stackhouse came in and preached defense and shared minutes across the roster, which is often a tough sell in the D-League. Many players in the D-League are hoping to play big minutes to get attention from the NBA. Stackhouse had his guys playing in the 20-25 minute range, but buying into his system. As a result, the 905 won; and as Stackhouse has said, teams like winners.
It’s not hard to believe that NBA teams will soon be calling Stackhouse about an NBA assistant coach deal or even a head coaching spot in the future. It feels like more a matter of when than if. And Stackhouse deserves it.
Next up however, Stackhouse and the 905 host the Maine Red Claws tonight at 7pm. A win would send the 905 to the D-League Finals.