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Thunder to Hire Adrian Griffin to Replace Monty Williams

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Adrian Griffin is picked to replace Monty Williams as assistant coach.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will hire Adrian Griffin, formerly of the Orlando Magic, as an assistant coach, according to Marc Stein and ESPN. Griffin will fill the hole left in the Oklahoma City coaching staff by the departure of Monty Williams. Griffin will likely fill the defensive assistant role that Williams had previously filled.

Adrian Griffin is known for being a defensively minded assistant and is held in high regard in the league. In the 2014-2015 GM survey, Griffin was second in voting for best assistant coach behind Alvin Gentry of the Golden State Warriors. While with the Chicago Bulls, Griffin was credited by Jimmy Butler for having a large impact on his rookie season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic interviewed Adrian Griffin for the head coaching vacancy prior to hiring Frank Vogel. Wojnarowski says that "Griffin [was] a popular choice among many of the Magic players, earning the locker room's respect as the top assistant on former coach Scott Skiles' staff this season."

During his time with Chicago, the Bulls consistently had one of the best defenses in the league. This past season, the Magic improved from being one of the bottom defenses to being a middle of the pack defense. At first glance, this hire seems to be as close to a home-run as was available.

During his playing career, Griffin spent two months with the Seatle Sonics, playing alongside Kevin Durant and Nick Collison.