Big ups to Quin Snyder, head coach of the Austin Toros. Snyder clinched a playoff berth despite losing some of the best players in the D-League this season - Marcus Williams, Pops Mensah-bonsu, Andre Brown, DeMarcus Nelson, Malik Hairston (for awhile), Anthony Tolliver, Blake Ahearn, Ian Mahinmi and Charles Gaines. That's 10 NBA players that have went through Austin this season.
To be able to keep ego's in check, the role players happy, the Spurs happy with their guys in assignment and everything else is quite the daunting task. He succeeded.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Snyder," said RC Buford, president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. "During his time with the Toros he has done a great job developing young players, teaching the skills needed to jump from the D-League to the NBA, while also putting a competitive team on the court night after night. The success that Quin has enjoyed in Austin is vital to the Spurs organization. We are thrilled that he has been recognized for his hard-work and dedication."
Snyder has been a large part of the greatest thing currently happening between the D-League and the NBA. Under his guidance, 11 Toros have been called-up over the past two seasons. Skewed a bit, yes, but that's remarkable.