The Orlando Magic's coaching search has come to an end.
The team announced that it has hired longtime NBA assistant coach Jamahl Mosley as the 14th head coach in franchise history.
We have named Jamahl Mosley as our head coach.- Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) July 11, 2021
Welcome to Orlando, Coach Mosley!https://t.co/4zELXyakFt pic.twitter.com/SGq0Ivbb4m
Mosley becomes the lead man on the sidelines in Orlando after spending the last seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. It was in Dallas where Mosley developed a special bond with superstar Luka Doncic, who made sure to congratulate his former coach when the hire was made official.
Congrats my guy🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/IJLhUY4ohJ- Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) July 11, 2021
Mosley has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal that will keep him with the Magic through the 2025-26 NBA season.
Mosley, 42, has been working around the NBA since 2005, when he began as a player development coach and scout with the Denver Nuggets. Two years later, Mosley became an assistant with Denver, where he would spend the next three seasons before serving as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010-14, his final stop before joining the Mavericks organization.
Now, Mosley takes the reins of a Magic team that has one of the league's brightest futures. Despite finishing with a 21-51 record in the 2020-21 season, Orlando's roster features a number of talented young players, including 20-year-old R.J. Hampton, 21-year-old Cole Anthony, 22-year-olds Wendell Carter Jr. and Chuma Okeke, and a trio of 23-year-olds in Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac.
It can't be overlooked that Fultz missed the final 64 games of the season after suffering a torn ACL on Jan. 6 and Isaac missed the entirety of the 2020-21 NBA season after suffering a torn ACL at the NBA Restart in August 2020.
In addition to the bevy of young talent already present on the roster, Orlando owns the fifth, eighth and 33rd overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
With exceptional strength in the player development realm, Mosley appears to be the perfect coach to allow this young roster to realize its full potential sooner than later.
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