The Oklahoma City Thunder and Bill Donovan parted ways just over two months ago, leaving a void at the head coach position. As of November 11, they were the only team in the NBA that was still without a head coach. However, that role has now been filled by former assistant Mark Daigneault.The 35-year-old will get the internal promotion for the lead job, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He will have a lot on his plate as the offseason is set to unfold quickly over the next several weeks.
Daigneault had been with the organisation for six years, most notably as the Oklahoma City Blue’s G League coach, where he had a 0.572 winning percentage and the division titles over five seasons. During the 2019-20 NBA season, he was promoted from head coach of the G League team to the lead assistant on the Thunder under Bill Donovan.
“The opportunity to be head coach of the Thunder is truly a special honor,” said Daigneault in a statement released by the team. “Over my six years in Oklahoma City I’ve developed a deep commitment to the organisation and a career for what is truly a special community that I call home. From my first day here, my values have always been aligned with those of the organization, and I’m looking forward to helping them continue to be lived out on and off the court.”
Known for being a great player development coach, Daigneault is a great fit for the position of head coach as Oklahoma City will most likely enter a rebuild in the upcoming season. Additionally, he understands the Thunder culture and knows the system extremely well from his time with the organisation. It should be one of the more seamless fits of any coach the only Oklahoma City Thunder were considering for the job.