Sixers set to hire Doug West to join Nick Nurse’s coaching staff

Nick Nurse
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse takes questions from the media during a press conference at the NBA basketball team’s facility, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The Philadelphia 76ers made another coaching addition Tuesday night as the team is set to hire Pennsylvania native Doug West to join Nick Nurse’s coaching staff, according to the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.

Born and raised in Altoona, PA, Doug West averaged 14.8 points per game over four years with the Villanova Wildcats from 1985-1989. He stood out as a scorer over his time in college and would find himself an inaugural member of the Minnesota Timberwolves after being drafted with the 38th pick of the 1989 NBA draft.

West played 12 seasons in the NBA, nine with the Timberwolves and three with the Grizzlies. His most statistically impressive season came in 1992-93 when he averaged 19.3 points per game while shooting over 51% from the floor.

Not long after retiring in 2001, West turned to coaching at Canon-McMillan High School for two years and would become an athletic director at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, West Virginia. He would then go on to join Jay Wright’s coaching staff at Villanova before coaching the Rio Grande Valley Vipers under Sixers’ head coach Nick Nurse. In 2015, West would return to Altoona, PA, to coach, first at Penn State Altoona, then at Altoona Area High School.

Doug West joins a staff that already includes former Sacramento Kings’ sixth man Bobby Jackson and former Raptors assistant coach Rico Hines.