3. Silas has worked under several great coaches
For most people, the last name Silas typically makes the discussion shift to the elder Silas, who not only was a head coach in the NBA, but was one of the best rebounders in NCAA history. In addition, Paul Silas was also an NBA champion as a player.
But Stephen Silas has made a name for himself also, as he’s become one of the bright, innovative, young minds in the coaching ranks. Not only did Silas coach under his father, but he also worked under Basketball Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson in Golden State.
Don Nelson, as many know, is one of the best offensive minds in NBA history, and he also became the inventor of small ball, when he rolled out the “Run TMC” Warriors. All in all, Nelson’s teams were at the top of the league in offensive rankings almost every year.
So it should come as no surprise that the Mavericks had one of the best offenses in NBA history, with Silas operating as the architect under Rick Carlisle.
Over the years, Silas has been more than just an assistant head coach at the end of the bench, as he’s naturally picked up some great habits and coaching schemes, having had the tutelage of some of the best NBA head coaches in league history.
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