Tom Thibodeau is labelled as a defence-minded coach

Tom Thibodeau is labelled as a defence-minded coach

Tom Thibodeau, head coach of the New York Knicks, has been labelled as a defence-minded coach, but he recently pushed back against that categorization. He believes that he is a basketball coach who can coach offence, defence, player development, game-plan, scout, and evaluate personnel. Thibodeau’s team has won six consecutive victories and is averaging 120.7 points while shooting 38 per cent from the 3-point line during their winning streak, ranking them sixth in the NBA in offensive rating this season.

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Thibodeau believes that understanding defence also helps with the offence because it gives an idea of matchups and how to attack certain schemes. Thibodeau has a track record of developing players, including Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Julius Randle, who became first-time All-Stars under his tutelage. Derrick Rose also became the youngest MVP in NBA history alongside Thibodeau with the Bulls in 2010-11.

Both Butler and Randle were named the league’s Most Improved Player while coached by Thibodeau, and Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson could be a finalist for that award this season.

The Knicks recently signed Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract. The Suns waived Washington on Feb. 1 after averaging 7.9 points and 2.0 assists in 31 appearances (two starts) with Phoenix this season. The 22-year-old Ohio State product had a 26-point, seven-assist game in December.

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