NEW ORLEANS, La. (WLOX) - The New Orleans Pelicans have found their new head coach in Stan Van Gundy.
In 12 seasons as a NBA head coach, Van Gundy has worked with the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons with a 57 percent winning percentage (523-384 record) in the regular season and 48-43 record in the playoffs. Van Gundy helped the Orlando Magic become 2008-2009 Eastern Conference Champions, leading them to the 2009 NBA Finals.
The 61-year-old is now being tasked with developing one of the youngest rosters in the league and giving the Pelicans a defensive edge, something he’s specializes in. According to ESPN, Van Gundy’s teams were in the top half in the NBA in defensive rating 10 times -- including his last three seasons in Detroit in 11 of the 12 seasons he was head coach. His teams finished top 10 in defensive rating eight of those seasons.