Players are the first that come to mind when it comes to making the leap from the NBL to the NBA, but with growing respect for our coaches internationally we may well see more progress in the years to come.
Multiple NBL coaches served in roles with NBA Summer League teams this off-season, with Andrew Gaze joining the Indiana Pacers, Matt Nielsen with the San Antonio Spurs and Joey Wright the Utah Jazz.
Adelaide 36ers head coach Wright relished the opportunity, and signalled that he has his focus set on making his way to the NBA in the years to come.
Speaking with Tommy Greer from Las Vegas, Wright was honest in saying that everyone to aspire to reach the highest level.
“Well I think everybody should, that’s the highest level, I definitely have aspirations to do it one day (NBA). Maybe I’m ready, maybe I’m not but I’m a give it a shot one day.” said Wright.
Working with the Utah coaching staff, Wright has been looking to take what he can back to Adelaide for the 36ers’ 2017/18 campaign
“Some of the things they do and what they’re about is what we’re trying to replicate in the NBL,” he explained.
“The biggest thing is character first. They are big on character first and that’s very important,”
“They like early transition, that’s one of the things that we like to try to get into.”
Wright had a unique opportunity with two of his Adelaide players on the Jazz squad in Nathan Sobey and Mitch Creek which he relished.
“It’s great having both those guys there to see them go through some of the systems that Utah implement. To have them there and personally pat them on the back when they need it too,” he added.
Check out the full interview with Joey Wright below.