On June 24, the Salt Lake City Stars scooped up a double in the NBA G League end of season awards. Head Coach Martin Schiller was named the 2019-20 NBA G League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year. While Vice President of Basketball Operations Bart Taylor was named the 2019-20 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year.
Schiller earned the award as a way of vote by the league’s 28 head coaches and general managers. Taylor picked up the award in a vote by team basketball executives from around the G League.
Martin Schiller, in his third season as Head Coach of the Stars, guided the team to a 30-12 record. Which was good for the best record in the Western Conference and an improvement on last season’s 27-23 record.
He earned the Coach of the Month award for December, after going 9-1 through that period. Between November 15 and December 27, the Stars won 14 consecutive games. Which tied the second-longest single-season winning streak in league history. The team went onto win their final six games of the season. Additionally, the Stars won the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase back in December.
Schiller’s coaching philosophies propelled the Stars to the fourth-best defensive rating (105.0) in the entire G League. In points allowed per game, the team ranked second (106.1). Offensively, the Stars ranked third in field goal percentage (48%), as well as in three-point percentage (36.8%).
Chase Buford of the Wisconsin Herd and Nate Reinking of the Canton Charge finished second and third in voting, respectively.
Bart Taylor was in his fourth season as Vice President of Basketball Operations with the Stars through the 2019-20 campaign. Where he oversaw the team winning 30 games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Trevon Bluiett, William Howard, and Juwan Morgan were included in Taylor’s player acquisitions last season. Howard and Morgan earned NBA call-ups to the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz, respectively.
Utah Jazz rookies Miye Oni, Rayjon Tucker, and Nigel Williams-Goss, as well as two-way players Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Forement all developed and benefitted under Taylor’s leadership. Additionally, Jazz center Tony Bradley and former Jazz guard Dante Exum were assigned to the Stars for rehabilitation and practice assignments.
Taylor is also the Utah Jazz’s Director of Scouting, alongside his role with the Stars. He has been involved with the organization for eight seasons, after being hired following a spell with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2011-12 season.
Memphis Hustle General Manager Daniel Marcus and Wisconsin Herd General Manager Dave Dean finished second and third in voting, respectively.
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