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Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

Women Of The NBA

Adam Silver, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, wants to see more women in his league. Out of the four major professional sports leagues in America, the NBA has been the most progressive in hiring diversity.

During the 2019-20 season, there were 11 female assistant coaches, more than double the number from the year before. Take a look at some of these dynamic women leading the charge.

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Jenny Boucek

  • A former member of the University of Virginia women’s basketball team
  • 2017- present: Assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks
  • Previously was a player development coach for the Sacramento Kings
  • The former head coach of the Seattle Storm

 

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Brittni Donaldson

  • A former member of the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team
  • 2019 – present: Assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors
  • The youngest assistant coach in the NBA
  • She spent the prior two seasons as a data analyst in the Raptors’ front office under the owner, Masai Ujiri

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Lindsay Gottlieb

  • A former member of the Brown University women’s basketball team
  • 2019 – present: Assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • The first female college coach recruited to an NBA staff
  • Previously was head coach of the California Golden Bears women’s basketball team

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Becky Hammon

  • Former member of the Colorado State University women’s basketball team
  • 2014 – present: Assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs
  • First female full-time assistant coach in NBA history
  • Was the head coach of the 2015 Las Vegas NBA Summer League championship team

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Lindsey Harding

  • A former member of the Duke University women’s basketball team
  • 2019 – present: Assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings
  • 2nd women’s basketball player at Duke to have her number retired
  • Former WNBA player who was selected as the 1st pick in the first round of the 2007 draft

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Kara Lawson

  • A former member of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team
  • 2019 – 2020: Assistant coach for the Boston Celtics
  • Former WNBA player who was selected as the 5th pick in the first round of the 2003 draft
  • Former basketball television analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards
  • Left the Celtics before the NBA restart to become the head coach of Duke’s women’s basketball team

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Natalie Nakase

  • A former member of the UCLA women’s basketball team
  • 2018 – present: Assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers
  • During the 2014 Summer League, she was the first woman to sit on the bench as an assistant coach in the NBA
  • First Asian-American to play in the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL)

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Kristi Toliver

  • A former member of the University of Maryland women’s basketball team
  • 2018 – present: Assistant coach for the Washington Wizards
  • In addition to being an assistant coach for an NBA team, Toliver also plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA
  • She was selected as the 3rd pick in the first round of the 2009 draft

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Teresa Weatherspoon

  • A former member of Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball team
  • 2019 – present: Assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans
  • A former WNBA player and head coach of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
  • In 2011, she was voted by the fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history
  • In 2019, she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

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