After spending some time in the booth, here are two coaching changes Stan Van Gundy might make during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans
The biggest news of the entire offseason for the New Orleans Pelicans so far is the hiring of Stan Van Gundy. After a disappointing season last year, Van Gundy’s hiring puts Pelicans fans back to the level of excitement they had when the team drafted Zion Williamson.
Look anywhere, and you’ll people digesting what Stan Van Gundy does well and how his history bodes well for the New Orleans Pelicans. I’ve seen all of that, and that makes me excited too but what makes me more excited isn’t Stan Van Gundy’s history but what he’ll bring to the future.
As many of you probably heard during the season, Van Gundy was working in the broadcast booth calling NBA games, and he was great at it. So many times, I heard Van Gundy provide stellar insight into what’s unfolding during the game. He was often calling out what the teams were doing before it happened and always describing how one side could be the other’s schematic technique.
Those insights and Van Gundy’s overall experience calling games for some of the NBA’s most innovative teams got me thinking. What kind of changes will Stan Van Gundy make to his scheme after seeing how basketball evolved?
In pondering that question, I determined two schematic additions that we may see Stan Van Gundy implement with the Pelicans this season. These potential additions to Van Gundy’s playbook would not only bring put the team in playoff contention but will also freshen up Van Gundy’s scheme for the modern era.