Former Sioux Falls Skyforce Head Coach Dan Craig, who received NBA G League Coach of the Year honors while leading the Skyforce to an NBA G League championship in 2016, has left the HEAT in pursuit of a new opportunity with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sioux Falls wins its first championship as a member of the NBA D-League with a dominant 91-63 victory over LA! pic.twitter.com/6Z2RCnMh9E
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) April 28, 2016
Craig joins the staff of recently hired head coach Tyronn Lue, along with other notable assistants in Kenny Atkinson, Larry Drew, and Chauncey Billups. The newly assembled Clippers coaching staff will be tasked with getting a star-studded roster “over the hump” after its most recent flop in the 2020 playoffs.
Embracing the challenge. pic.twitter.com/rAKSTvWANm
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 21, 2020
Craig’s move also allows for a reunion between he and former Skyforce guard Rodney McGruder. Together, Craig and McGruder propelled the 2015-16 Skyforce to an NBA G League record 40 regular season wins prior to making its championship run.
— Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) April 19, 2016
Craig had spent nearly two decades within the HEAT organization, serving as an assistant alongside Erik Spoelstra for each of the last four seasons after his successful one-year “coaching assignment” in Sioux Falls.
Craig’s departure opens new potential opportunities for several other former Skyforce coaches. Chris Quinn could possibly step into Craig’s role as lead assistant, while recent Skyforce Head Coach Eric Glass and former Assistant Anthony Carter have both been mentioned as possibilities for the vacant assistant position. For now, the HEAT have yet to announce any official staffing changes in advance of the 2020-21 season.
Heat assistant coach Dan Craig leaving for Clippers. What it means for Erik Spoelstra's coaching staff https://t.co/jdkXFBL3tT
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) October 27, 2020