Back in April, head men's basketball coach Nate Oats was left with a spot open on his coaching staff with the departure of Donyell Marshall. The former NBA veteran left for greener pastures when he accepted a head coaching position at Central Connecticut State. Today, it has been announced that another NBA veteran — this time with the likes of former point guard Lindsey Hunter — will be joining Oats and his defending MAC Championship staff.
Hunter becomes yet another impressive addition to Buffalo's coaching staff. He brings in 17 years of NBA experience within the span of 1993-2010. The Utica, Mississippi native was drafted 10th overall by the Detroit Pistons, where he spent a large amount of his NBA playing career. Hunter was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2000 for a short stint before landing in Los Angeles in 2001 where he helped the Lakers win an NBA title.
Interestingly enough, Lindsey was traded to Toronto a year before Donyell Marshall arrived there. That stint was also short-lived because Hunter would return to Detroit for the second time in his career. He then went on to win his second NBA Championship in the 2003-2004 season and also make his third finals appearance in the 2004-2005 season. The veteran would make one final relocation to the Chicago Bulls in 2008 before retiring two years later.
Hunter also brings in a plethora of coaching experience. He's been coaching in the NBA since 2012 with the likes of the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns. In 2013, Hunter also carried the interim head coach tag for the Suns while they looked for somebody to fill the position.
The only remaining spot open on the Buffalo staff is for director of player development. Nate Oats has already previously stated in his contract extension press conference that the role will probably not be filled.