It looks like Stan Van Gundy is already going to work on who will be a part of his coaching staff. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, current Charlotte assistant Bob Beyer is the leading candidate to fill the top assistant role.
Charlotte assistant Bob Beyer is a strong candidate to join Stan Van Gundy as top assistant coach in Detroit, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 17, 2014
Beyer was an assistant under Van Gundy in Orlando alongside current Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford. Despite battling some legal troubles in the recent past, Beyer has found his niche since joining Van Gundy’s staff in 2007.
As Pistons Palace wrote about a few days ago, Beyer is one of many candidates that could be targets for the staff.
The former Siena head coach is a stickler for the defensive principles that SVG preaches night in and night out. He is also known for his work in the NBA under player development.
After Van Gundy was fired in 2012 by the Orlando Magic, Beyer joined the Golden State Warriors as an assistant under Mark Jackson. He joined Steve Clifford when he was hired by the Bobcats at the beginning of the season to form a solid core of coaches that formed a similar style of play that Pistons will look to implement under Van Gundy.
Beyond Jackson and Van Gundy, Beyer has coaching experience under Bob Knight, Kevin O’Neil and Stu Jackson. He got his NBA break when O’Neil jumped from the college ranks at Northwestern to coach the Toronto Raptors.
It’ll be interesting to see if SVG is will to pluck any more names from the Charlotte franchise. Assistant Mark Price was hired by Van Gundy in Orlando just before he was let go by the franchise. He is one of the up and coming coaches in the league and is being considered a candidate for the opening in Cleveland, where he played for nine seasons.