The Doc Rivers era has started in South Philadelphia, and the veteran head coach has already started building his coaching staff.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Dave Joerger will join the Sixers bench as an assistant coach.
Former Kings and Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has agreed to join Doc Rivers' staff as an assistant coach, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2020
Joerger, who had recently interviewed for the Pacers head coaching job, has been in charge of the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies during his career as a coach.
The 46 year-old coach played a big part in De’Aaron Fox’s development who thrived under a fast-paced system. The Kings won 39 games in Joerger’s last season, which was the most for the franchise since 2006.
Defense is what characterizes Joerger as a coach. With lots of potential in the roster including Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, Josh Richardson, among others, perhaps Joerger could be the piece that gets the Sixers over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers had a disappointing exit in the NBA Playoffs, where they got 'swept' by the Boston Celtics in the first round for the first time in franchise history.