The Rockets’ assistant coaching staff has been upgraded again, and assistant coach Melvin Hunter, who reached the Eastern Conference finals, is about to become the Rockets’ assistant coach.
Longtime NBA assistant coach Melvin Hunter is set to become an assistant to Houston Rockets coaching staff Stephen Silas, according to an update from Kelly Iko of The Athletic. The Rockets currently have two assistant coaching vacancies after assistants Will Weaver and Jeff Hornacek left the coaching staff.
Hunter was a Rockets scout from 1999-2001, Rudy Tomjanovich’s assistant coach from 2002-03, and again as a scout after Jeff Van Gundy became head coach from 2003-04. .
Since his last time with the Rockets, Hunter has been with the Los Angeles Lakers (2004-05), Cleveland Cavaliers (2005-10), Denver Nuggets (2010-15), Dallas Mavericks (2015-18) and Atlanta Hawks Team (2018-21) as an assistant. Hunter left the Dallas coaching staff shortly before Silas took over as assistant coach in the 2018 offseason, though both had a close relationship with former Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
Hunter briefly served as Denver’s interim head coach after Brian Shaw was fired at the end of the 2014-15 season. Hunter ended up going 10-13 in those games.
Besides Hunter, Silas’ other assistant coaching candidate appears to be Mahmoud Abdel Fattah. He is the head coach of the Houston G-League affiliated Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Under Abdel Fattah’s leadership, the Vipers recently won their fourth championship in franchise history.
Longtime assistant coach Melvin Hunter has emerged as a candidate for Stephen Silas’ coaching staff, according to sources at The Athletic. Hunter was a scout and assistant with the Rockets from 1999 to 2004 and most recently as an assistant coach with the Hawks in 2021.
It seems that the Rockets’ record can start to improve next season and is expected to enter the playoffs.