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Steve Blake, Mark Bryant, Randy Ayers emerge as top candidates to join Monty Williams’ staff with Suns

Monty Williams, Randy Ayers, Mark Bryant, Steve Blake, Suns

As the Phoenix Suns remake their coaching staff, the top contenders to help new head coach Monty Williams have emerged.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Steve Blake, Mark Bryant and Randy Ayers are the Suns’ top choices to join Williams on the bench

Blake is a 13 year NBA veteran who had a long and productive career. Known as a small but tough guard, Blake played for eight different teams. He spent a good portion of his playing days with the Portland Trail Blazers, who now employ him as a member of the coaching staff.

Ayers never played in the NBA but has coached in both collegiate and professional level.  He spent eight years coaching Ohio State and led them as far as the Elite Eight. He also coached the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003, albeit just for 52 games as he was fired after the team went 21-31. Currently, Ayers is a scout for the Brooklyn Nets.

Bryant is another former Blazers player who has transitioned to coaching. After playing for ten different franchises, he became an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. He is currently serving as an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Whoever the Suns choose has a lot of work to do. The franchise has struggled in the past years and badly needs a remodel. Behind Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, the coaching staff will have some solid building blocks to start the return to relevance.