Another former WNBA player joins the San Antonio Spurs as Gregg Popovich.
Tottenham appoint WNBA champion Candice Dupree to the coaching staff, The team announced on Friday. Dupre last played in 2021 and was part of the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program. She worked as a guest coach for Tottenham during the summer league.
The hiring comes on the heels of another former WNBA player who worked with Popovich and won the WNBA title. 2022 WNBA Coach of the Year Becky Hammon led the Las Vegas Aces to their first championship in Franchise history in its first year at the head of the company.
Candice Dupree’s career, boarding coaching
Dupre, 38, is the 16-year-old veteran who last played for the Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream in the 2021 season. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 14 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. in her career. She is a seven-time All-Star and ranks fifth all-time in games, fifth in points, seventh in rebounds, third in field goals and second in two-point field goals.
She spent her first four years with Chicago Sky after they drafted outside Temple with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She spent most of her career in the Phoenix Mercury Championship (2010-16). She also played for Indiana Fever (17 -20) and won two World Cup gold medals Medals with Team USA.
In the 2014 Mercury Championship season, she led the team in minutes (31.4) and finished second in rebounding (7.6), second in field goal percentage (53.3%) and third in scoring (14.5 dpi). The team featured future Naismith Hall of Famers Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi as well as Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Penny Taylor. DeWanna Bonner, a member of the Connecticut Sun who fell to the Aces in the finals, was on the list as well.
Dupree is one of over 200 filters who joined the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program (ACP), which is two decades old. It gives current and former players the opportunity to make connections, network and explore a coaching career. It also serves as a pipeline for talent to move into the coaching ranks of the NBA.
WNBA players in training
When Hammon first joined Tottenham’s coaching staff in 2014, he was met with frustration that the team was only doing so to appear progressive or meet a certain quota. She said at the time that Popovich should have viewed her as “sexless” and instead focused on her basketball IQ.
Hammon spent eight years there and was overlooked for coaching jobs in the NBA, so she seriously considered coaching assignments for the WNBA’s Aces and New York Liberty. Both were former franchises that she played for in her career. She chose aces and This resulted in a raucous party on the Las Vegas stripthe WNBA Championship Cup, earlier this week.
Former WNBA players currently in the NBA coaching ranks include Lindsey Harding (Kings), Theresa Witherspoon (Plicans), and Christy Tolliver (Mavericks), who has played the past few seasons. Former NBA coach Niele Ivey took charge of the Notre Dame program after Muffet McGraw retired.
There are many more women in training now than there were in 2014. This includes a large number of former W players, an aspect helped by a rule that was put in place in the WNBA a few years ago. The league allows teams to appoint a third assistant coach if one of the coaches is a former player. For example, Seimone Augustus has moved from his contract with the Los Angeles Sparks to training in the 2021 training camp period.