The Atlanta Hawks have added Nick Van Exel to their staff as an assistant coach according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is a reunion of sorts for Van Exel having previously worked for Atlanta for three seasons as a player development coach from 2010 to 2013.
Van Exel will replace Marlon Garnett, who recently accepted a job on Charlotte’s staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2021
Nick also coached with the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. He spent some of his Mavericks tenure with the G League affiliate, the Texas Legends as head coach for the 2015-16 season. His coaching career started at Texas Southern University.
Van Exel spent the best days of his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks with averages of 14.4 points and 6.6 assists per game for his career. He also played with the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.
The Hawks open training camp on Sept. 28 and start the preseason Oct. 4 vs. the Miami Heat.