I came across this article that highlights the new breed of assistants at the NBA level. It was a very interesting profile on what has become more appealing to NBA teams in terms of hiring.
With teams spending increasingly less time on the practice floor and rest becoming a valued commodity, front offices have started searching for alternate ways to bring along their youngest players. One possible counter, teams have found, is to fill their coaching and video departments with young and spry former players, assistants who boast both brains and brawn, who can help both off the court and on.
The Spurs, who were at the forefront of the NBA’s rest revolution, were the first team to stuff their video department with recent graduates who were comfortable getting on the floor. But as the team’s tree has spread across the league, so too has this approach.