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Report: John Beilein lands new gig with Detroit Pistons in player development – 247Sports


After his first year away from coaching in 45 years, former Michigan basketball coach John Beilein is back in the NBA. According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the veteran coach will be announced as the Detroit Pistons’ new Senior Advisor of Player Development this week.

“The Pistons are hiring former Cavaliers and Michigan coach John Beilein as their director of player development, league sources say,” Stein reported on Twitter. “After all his Michigan success, John Beilein was hired to coach the Cavaliers entering the 2019-20 season and lasted just 54 games. Beilein had a frequent presence at Pistons games this season and will be formally named as Senior Advisor Player Development this week, sources say.”

After being fired as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach midway through the 2019-20 season, Beilein spent the past year teaching a class on leadership at the University of Michigan and working as a color commentator and analyst for the Big Ten Network. Beilein and his wife, Kathleen, continue to reside in the Ann Arbor area and remain avid Michigan fans.

While the Pistons have yet to formally define Beilein’s role, the longtime head coach was known for both his eye for potential talent and ability to develop players. At Michigan, Beilein famously produced eight first-round NBA Draft picks, despite recruiting only one five-star recruit and zero McDonald’s All-American. Part of Beilein’s ability to do that came with identifying talent early, while much of it had to do with understanding what a player’s potential was with consistent strength trainings and fundamentals work.

In games, Beilein was also seen as ahead of his time with his heavy reliance on 3-point shooting, particularly from forwards. This past season, two former Beilein recruiting and development success stories — Duncan Robinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. — ranked among the top 10 in the NBA in 3-pointers made.

Though Beilein’s first foray into the NBA was a disaster, as he led the Cavaliers to a 14-40 record and allegedly saying the Cavaliers players were playing “like a bunch of thugs,” he remains a popular name in basketball circles. He was mentioned as potential candidates for several college head-coaching jobs this offseason, including Indiana, Marquette and Boston College, and has 843 wins in his career. Beilein is believed to be the only coach in basketball history to serve as a head coach at the high school, junior college, Division-III, Division-II, Division-I and NBA level during their tenure.

At Michigan, Beilein made a strong case as the Wolverines’ greatest coach in basketball history. He went 278-150 over 12 seasons, snapping Michigan’s 11-year NCAA Tournament drought, making nine appearances in total and securing two Big Ten titles, two Big Ten Tournament titles, five Sweet Sixteen appearances, three Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four appearances and two national runner-up finishes.

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