Why former Rockets coach Stephen Silas will thrive in his new role

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Over the last three years, much was made about former Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas' inability to thrive as a head coach. Silas was the face behind three of the worst seasons in Rockets history, as the Rockets went 17-55 in 2020-21, 20-62 in 2021-22, and 22-60 in 2022-23. 

Silas appeared to be in over his head once the Rockets underwent a roster reconstruction, which ultimately resulted in a complete tear-down. Silas' calling was on the offensive end, although one wouldn't have known, based on the Rockets' offensive efficiency under the longtime assistant (27th in 2020-21, 26th in 2021-22, and 27th in 2022-23). And we don't even have to mention the Rockets' ranks on the defensive end under Silas.

As previously stated, Silas was in over his head as a head coach. None of that is relevant now, as Silas landed back on his feet under Monty Williams in the Motor City with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach. Silas' relationship with Williams made it unsurprising to see him land on the former Coach of the Year's staff.

Why former Rockets coach Stephen Silas will thrive in his new role

Although the Pistons have a young roster, much like the Rockets, Silas won't have to be the disciplinarian and/or face of accountability, as those responsibilities will go to Williams, who has made a penchant for doing that with multiple teams. Offensively, Silas should be able to get the most out of 2021 number one overall pick Cade Cunningham, so long as Cunningham is able to stay healthy.

Let's not forget that Silas pioneered the top-ranked offense in NBA history with the 2019-20 Dallas Mavericks, who had very little outside of Luka Doncic. And considering the expectations of the Pistons (or lack thereof), Silas won't have to do much to show his value, as the Pistons' best offensive finish under Dwane Casey was 21st, which was three seasons ago.

As for the other Casey seasons? 26th in offensive efficiency in 2020-21, 28th in 2021-22, and 28th in 2022-23. With low expectations and a role tailored for his strengths, Silas and the Pistons make for a match made in heaven.