A new assistant is on the way to Golden State.
Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group first reported the Warriors interest Hunter back in July.
Hunter joins a staff that includes Pete Myers, Darren Erman, Brian Scalabrine, and Jerry DeGregorio.
The Suns originally hired the ex-point guard to develop players, but that didn't happen. He ended up taking over head coaching duties in Jan. after Alvin Gentry opened the year 13-28.
Concerning his lack of coaching experience (none) and fast promotion “It was the view of our organization,” Suns owner Robert Sarver told KTAR Radio, “that, for the next 41 games, Lindsey Hunter was best-positioned to guide this team.” The Suns went 12-29 under Hunter and he was fired.
But how could things go well with such a young-minded group that included Michael Beasley, Sebastian Telfair and Kendall Marshall? It can’t. Immaturity and lack of veterans (only Jermaine O’Neal and Luis Scola were over age 30) equals a losing season in any sport.
So what does Hunter bring to Oakland?
One aspect Sarver was high on: “being able to relate to them (players). You’re hiring a leader of men.”
After all, Hunter was a key contributor who helped his teams reach the playoffs 12 times during his 17-year career winning two rings (2002 Lakers, 2004 Pistons) in the process.
Hunter's one ray of sun in Phoenix was Goran Dragic who emerged as the team’s best player averaging 14.7 points, 7.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game.
Though Dragic was a starter, that's the off-the-bench production the Warriors want out of first-rounder Nemanja Nedovic whose similarities to Dragic are many: 6-3, 190, can play both guard spots and turned pro in Europe as a teenager.
Hunter is the logical choice to help Nedovic transition to the NBA.
He can also be assured he won’t be called upon to take the interim reins as the Warriors front office, the Jackson-led staff and players are “tied together” in a situation more akin to his second playing stint with the Detroit Pistons (2003-2008).
Silver lining: he can actually devote his time to developing the backcourt.
Yes, Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the league period, but he also averaged 3.1 turnovers per game (ninth in the NBA) last season, an increase from 2.5 during 2011-2012, not a number the coach wants to see out of his point guard.
Hunter averaged just 1.2 turnovers per game as a starter and off-the-bench contributor. Expect Curry’s turnovers to drop this year and if Seth Curry hangs around expect his handles to improve.
To be interpretive, Hunter’s an assistant teacher here. And the students – the Curry’s, Nedovic, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas, and Kent Bazemore - will all benefit from his help in class.
Having another Jarrett Jack-like presence around is a good thing.
The Warriors just got tougher.