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Sacramento adds Stacey Augmon to coaching staff

Stacey Augmon

The Sacramento Kings announced a number of hires to Luke Walton’s coaching staff on Friday, including former NBA wing Stacey Augmon as an assistant coach and player development specialist. Joining Augmon in that dual role is former WNBA player Lindsey Harding, while Rico Hines, best known for being the organizer of famed offseason scrimmages on the campus of UCLA, is joining the Kings as a player development coach.

Augmon played 15 seasons in the NBA, most notably with the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers. Atlanta selected the UNLV product with the ninth overall pick of the 1991 NBA Draft, confident his well-earned reputation as one of the best defenders in the history of college basketball – Augmon won NABC Defensive Player of the Year a record three times – would translate to the next level.

“Plastic Man,” a nickname meant to evoke his long arms and penchant for creating turnovers and deflections, averaged 8.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game for his career, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 15.2 percent on three-pointers, an indication of his stark offensive limitations.

Augmon played his last NBA game with the Orlando Magic in 2006, but he was signed by the Denver Nuggets leading up to the following season. After being waived several weeks later, the team brought him back as a player development coach, beginning his coaching career. Augmon spent the next four seasons with the Nuggets before heading back to UNLV as an assistant, then was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks as a member of Jason Kidd’s staff.

The 50-year-old left Milwaukee before last season, getting his first head-coaching experience with Jeonju KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League.