“We found the right guy.
– Magic GM Rob Hennigan on hiring Scott Skiles” – per NBA.com
The Orlando Magic has hired Scott Skiles to be their 12th head coach, and hopefully bring the Magic back.
According to multiple sources and of course to GM Rob Hennigan, Skiles is the right guy for the job to develop this young and inexperienced team, the core of the group are Elfrid Payton (21 yrs old), Victor Oladipo (23), Aaron Gordon (19), Nikola Vucevic (24). and Tobias Harris (22). They also got the 5th pick in this years 2015 NBA DRAFT.
Skiles just for the record and not just an ordinary one was part of the inaugural team for Orlando Magic, He got a 6th man kinda role and spent 5 seasons there, as for the record that i mentioned, well it maybe easy to pass but dude dished out 30 assists in a game. He did that to help the Magic win over Denver Nuggets on On December 30, 1990.
For his coaching career he has a record of .506 winning percentage (443-433) as for his playoff record as a head coach its .428 (18-24). Scott had coached 3 teams prior to Orlando. (Suns 1999-2000, Bulls 2003-2007, Bucks 2008-2013) . He was 2nd in coach of the year in 2010 behind the eventual winner Scott Brooks of (OKC Thunder). Skiles is known for his defense as a coach and he was also responsible for the growth of Andrew Bogut and the peak of John Salmons. He also drafted Brandon Jennings. Skiles has a lot of room to work with, as I mentioned earlier they have the 5th pick and Tobias Harris is a restricted free agent that they can use as a trading piece or not. My Verdict its a good hiring because Skiles is a great mentor and the players they have are known as two way players lets just hope that they would be in harmony for that Magic team to be Magical again.