That process is underway with Vanterpool. Late in the game, Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool pulled the team together and said, “It’s time to grow up. ©2021 The Athletic Media Company. Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. In something that might not go down well with people, his scheme is quite Thibodeau-like. — Adrian Wojnarowski … Re: Grizzlies @ Wolves Rematch 8pmET/7CT/5PST (Preseason game #2) Post #164 » by Jedzz » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:14 am . They were good at pushing teams off the three-point line, notably from the corners. Player development and defense have been his calling cards thus far as an NBA coach. Instead, the wing pairing of Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless would fight through ball screens as opposed to switching on them. To understand Portland’s defensive scheme with Vanterpool coordinating it, I spoke to Danny Marang of Blazer’s Edge. It was clear that the players just didn’t respond to Thibodeau on that end. Open Article in App. “I feel like one of the great things is Coach Vanterpool took me under his wing and he realized I could be a really good defensive player,” Edwards said. Dane Moore NBA Podcast: Britt Robson On The Timberwolves Season Thus Far, Last year, Portland gave up the least corner three attempts. Though no games have been played, the former Rockets executive has quickly recruited a host of staff to the Timberwolves. Last year, Portland gave up the least corner three attempts in the league. ... To Vanterpool, a team needs physical effort as a building block of a successful defense, but mental effort is a little more important. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. Both showed up in Daryl Morey's Subaru Forester and Tilman surprised Venterpool with a free chocolate lava brownie from his Rainforest Cafe. In a way, the scheme was passive but there wasn’t even intensity within the five-man block that was perched around the paint. Britt Robson on David Vanterpool and the Timberwolves Defense 01/13/2020. This is where the other side of Vanterpool will come into things. Their core principles are similar to the Miami Heat defense under Erik Spoelstra. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 2, … He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. By … He spent the 30 minutes before the Zoom call before his first full-team training camp practice working in the gym with assistant coach David Vanterpool, the Timberwolves’ defensive coordinator. Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool created a culture in Portland, investing in fringe players' games and lives as long as they possessed a work ethic. Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. Vanterpool spent seven seasons on … This does not mean they weren’t aggressive though. With more experience, Vanterpool believes Towns can use that knowledge to start to think one move ahead on the defensive end, much like a game of chess. Blazers Assistant Coach Inspires Pride in Defense New, 91 comments As Joe Freeman of the Oregonian Reports, the Blazers were on their way to a loss in Miami when David Vanterpool … With David Vanterpool running the defense, Trail Blazers finished seventh in defensive efficiency. Wonder if this familiarity will reduce the adjustment time for him defensively, especially in this weird year with barely any training camp. PORTLAND, Ore. — David Vanterpool, a former Thunder staffer, now works for the Blazers and he was working on Tuesday. Vanterpool spent seven years with Blazers, playing a prominent part in growth of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum." Vanterpool has spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach under the Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts and has been credited with the development of Portland guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Portland switched only sporadically under Vanterpool. Minnesota was 29th in opponent three-point percentage this year. Minnesota Timberwolves associate HC David Vanterpool will interview for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, sources tell ESPN. If they blitzed pick and rolls they often overcommitted and gave up jump shots. For a Timberwolves team coming off the often grating Tom Thibodeau this is more important than one might initially think. Jusuf Nurkic drew the ire of Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool before sitting for most of the fourth quarter last night against the Nets. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. They forced teams into thinking they had a lane to the basket. In the third quarter, Vanterpool was up on his feet, a clipboard in one hand, his other hand waving furiously for the Blazers to drop back as Russell Westbrook dribbled at the top of the 3-point line. The scheme looks passive in terms of its pick and roll coverage, but there is an aggression to defending the three-point line without compromising the overall structure. I have been let down too many times, and the 1 am tip-offs here in the UK have broken me. The Blazers haven’t quite been the same since losing David Vanterpool, the former NBA point guard who assisted Stotts for seven years, and helped guide Lillard on the venture towards taking his defense to the next level, before signing on to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves played the strong-iside defense under Tom Thibodeau. But I can’t help and be excited about what David Vanterpool might be able to do with this team. IceManBK1 wrote: And towns only 3-10 getting abused by valanciunus. In preparing for this piece, I spoke to Danny Marang of NBC Sports and SB Nation’s Blazers Edge. (Coach David Vanterpool: "C.J. The key will be getting everyone to buy in and play with intensity. But still, it’s a new staff, new terminology and a different plan. The Timberwolves nabbed the Blazers’ best assistant coach, here is what he will bring to the Wolves. The team rarely gambled. The funny thing about Harkless’ standout night was it started so poorly. These two defenders in particular are very switchable so switching on the variety of elbow, wing and baseline screens that are in modern NBA playbooks might not be a terrible idea. This is hard to predict, but ultimately I’m not sure it really matters. Random thought about Covington's defense Just realized something--David Vanterpool left Portland last offseason to become an assistant coach in Minnesota, where he installed Stotts' defensive scheme. There was a real emphasis on structure in Portland’s defense. McCollum and especially Damian Lillard. Timberwolves associate head coach and defensive coordinator David Vanterpool simplified the defense for Towns by allowing him to basically only … In … Vanterpool was respected by every player in the Blazers’ locker room. Saunders and his defensive coordinator, David Vanterpool, have not necessarily changed Towns’ duties; he still is the tentpole of a conservative defensive scheme that asks the center to prioritize rim defense over perimeter aggression. Vanterpool spent seven years with Blazers, playing a prominent part in growth of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum." As Wojnarowski explains, Vanterpool will play a key role on Saunders’ new staff and will be in charge of running the team’s defense. Jedzz General Manager Posts: 9,966 And1: 2,149 Joined: Oct 05, 2018 . The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired David Vanterpool as their associate head coach to work with head coach Ryan Saunders and run the T-Wolves' defense. Coach Vanterpool seemed surprised by the lava brownie and later complained … David Vanterpool (born March 31, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. In this weeks episode, we finally get to dive into Britt’s piece on David Vanterpool and the Timberwolves defensive schemes, as well as discuss the latest news on KAT’s injury after Monday’s shoot around. Despite this being a scheme not particularly in vogue in the current NBa, Portland’s strategy was analytically-driven. David has 2 jobs listed on their profile. The Timberwolves have not been particularly great defensively at anything. Ryan Saunders will return as Head Coach after a spell as interim coach. Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. At just 33 years of age, Saunders is one of the youngest coaches in recent memory. That prompted assistant David Vanterpool to yell to Harkless across the court and bow in respect. Just create an account, no credit card required! Defense. ‘Solid Is Enough’: David Vanterpool and the process to retool the Wolves’ defense [2:00] Will KAT ever play the 4 in this defense? While this is important, what will earn Vanterpool real prestige is fixing one of the most disorganized units in the NBA- The Timberwolves defense. When the big dropped and covered the paint, the opposition were often forced into mid-range jumpers. There was quite a lot of pick and roll ‘ICE’ defense in Portland. Posted by duyp on 8/16/20 at 2:35 pm to thejuiceisloose Portland could use him this year by seeing how horrible their defense is right now. Vanterpool clearly has the respect of his players. Edwards has mentioned that he’s been committing himself to improving his defense and that associate head coach David Vanterpool had taken him under his wing. Vanterpool spent five years on the CSKA bench before he joined the Timberwolves, moving to Terry Stotts’ staff in Portland to return to coaching. In this weeks episode, we finally get to dive into Britt's piece on David Vanterpool and the Timberwolves defensive schemes, as well as discuss the latest news on KAT's injury after Monday's shoot around. Questions About the Return of KAT 01/11/2020. Not only is Vanterpool tasked with fixing the side of the ball that Minnesota has finished bottom ten in for the last five years, he will likely be Saunders’ most senior and most experienced ally. David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images ... Center — their relentless defense that’s becoming a staple to this Wolves team. For Rosas, the key was to surround his young coach with a coaching staff that would take care of either side of the ball for him. While it is a tough task predicting how Vanterpool will do, it is clear that there is going to be a modern philosophy on defense. During his playing career, he earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection during the 2003–04 season, while playing with Montepaschi Siena. Defense (clap, clap!) PORTLAND, Ore. — David Vanterpool, a former Thunder staffer, now works for the Blazers and he was working on Tuesday. It was clear the only way he was ever going to move up internally was with a Terry Stotts firing. The switching with the likes of Covington and Okogie might come in screen actions where teams will look to find a favourable switch. It’s certainly not the answer for everything. The list of candidates to interview for the Rockets‘ head coaching vacancy continues to grow, with Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston reporting (via Twitter) that the club has met with Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas and Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool about the position.. An earlier report indicated that Kenny Atkinson has interviewed with the Rockets for their coaching job. “I feel like one of the great things is Coach Vanterpool took me under his wing and he realized I could be a really good defensive player,” Edwards said. Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. But, this defense will have more schematic similarities to Tom Thibodeau’s defense than people might think or hope for. “He taught me areas to cut off, areas where we want (players I cover defensively) to get to, where we don’t want them to get to, so I feel like my defense has improved since I got here.” He helped guide the Trail Blazers defense and earned a reputation for his work developing Portland guards C.J. The stats say the learning curve here has again been steep for Towns. For the vast majority of their 31-year existence in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been a wretched basketball team at the defensive end of the court. [14:00] Timberwolves still 3rd in defense during 13-game KAT-less run [28:00] Getting value out of “smaller” contracts [42:00] More clarity on the KAT injury [51:00] Pursuit of the 8th seed…. 72. AP - Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey showed up in Portland for their meeting with David Vanterpool to discuss the teams head coaching opening. Didn’t this just happen? He is the assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Both showed up in Daryl Morey's Subaru Forester and Tilman surprised Venterpool with a free chocolate lava brownie from his Rainforest Cafe. Switching is a popular concept on Timberwolves twitter, but it’s not always as effective as people think. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. “David brings an impressive skillset that will be a great complement to Ryan and the rest of our coaching staff. Weren’t we just here? ... and former Portland assistant coach David Vanterpool. The key will be making sure the off-ball lapses and lack of intensity that just make a passive scheme too passive, will not plague this team. ‘Solid Is Enough’: David Vanterpool and the process to retool the Wolves’ defense Britt Robson Jan 9, 2020 54 For the vast majority of their 31-year existence in the NBA, the Minnesota … Already have the app? Now conceding 101.3 points nightly is the Portland Trail Blazers (fifth in the league).Of course, replacing Mason Plumlee with Jusuf Nurkic certainly helped this cause. But more than just Nurk is … The big man rarely came above the free-throw line and they hang back in the paint. Regardless of his philosophy on switching in Minnesota, the core principles will be the same. He's also reportedly been putting in work with the Timberwolves "defensive coordinator" in assistant coach David Vanterpool. This was a team who pushed teams off the three-point line and funneled them inside to their big man who was of course in drop coverage. It’s especially valuable given that Stotts assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool are getting a lot of run for some of the vacancies around the league. I wrote critically about Thibodeau’s strong side defense previously and while I do believe it is out-dated, there were a lot of off-ball lapses that his Chicago Bulls teams rarely suffered from. Jimmy Butler’s tactic of trying to bully them into submission didn’t work. Enter your email to read this article for free. This NFL Style of having a defensive and offensive coordinator on the staff is something that not every NBA Franchise has really opted for. Top . Beasley’s biggest slight was needing to put on some muscle. In Portland under the supervision of Vanterpool, Portland ran a lot of drop coverage. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. AP - Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey showed up in Portland for their meeting with David Vanterpool to discuss the teams head coaching opening. For many years now, Vanterpool has been Terry Stotts’ right hand man, and the man ‘in the ear’ of Damian Lillard. The big question is if Saunders can improve the defense enough for the 2020-21 campaign. Perhaps equally important, Davis already has a rapport with he Wolves coaching staff from his time with Associate Head Coach David Vanterpool … But still, it’s a new staff, new terminology and a different plan. You could look to the coaches. The Rockets on Friday interviewed Timberwolves associate head coach David Vanterpool for their open head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the process said. In this episode: ‘Solid Is Enough’: David Vanterpool and the process to retool the Wolves’ defense … At the 104:30 mark of this Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum interview, Vanterpool joined … “We are thrilled to add someone with David’s coaching acumen and resume to our staff,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a statement. The Timberwolves are committed to Towns and Wiggins, so building relationships with the pair of them is key. The team needs to be at least average in that regard in order to have a shot at the NBA Playoffs. Defense Timberwolves associate head coach and defensive coordinator David Vanterpool simplified the defense for Towns by allowing him to basically only … Saunders and his defensive coordinator, David Vanterpool, have not necessarily changed Towns’ duties; he still is the tentpole of a conservative defensive scheme that asks the center to prioritize rim defense over perimeter aggression. "Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. Minnesota Timberwolves associate HC David Vanterpool will interview for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, sources tell ESPN. It might be refreshing to have coaches who encourage and interact with them. Vanterpool has developed a good reputation in his seven years as a … He fits with a Front Office that will likely be analytically driven because he wants to deny the best shot in basketball- the corner three. All rights reserved. Let’s look back at Ant-Man’s first handful of games to truly see if he’s been A1 from Day 1. Subscribe now to get full access to the new sports page. Jedzz General Manager Posts: 9,966 And1: 2,149 Joined: Oct 05, 2018 . IceManBK1 wrote: And towns only 3-10 getting abused by valanciunus. Vanterpool has developed a good reputation in his seven years as a defensive … JUNE 19: The Timberwolves have officially hired Vanterpool, the team announced today in a press release. Must read content, player grades, stuff you can't get anywhere else. Also had a very very large role in player development. This team will not gamble, this team will aggressively try and prevent corner threes, this team will contest at the rim with verticality, and this team will use drop coverage in pick-and-roll defense. More importantly, teaching them to be leaders is going to be key. Perhaps they did and Lue just countered against an … The Five Players Behind the Timberwolves Recent Success 01/06/2020. David Vanterpool’s Scheme: To understand Portland’s defensive scheme with Vanterpool coordinating it, I spoke to Danny Marang of Blazer’s Edge. 1:14:20. He is an expert at forcing long 2's. But under Tom Thibodeau the Wolves notoriously gave up the same drive-and-kick three about eight times a night. Vanterpool spent seven years with Blazers, playing a prominent part in growth of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. 31:42. Vanterpool has indeed designed a system — or, as he calls it, “our process” — to limit an opponent’s offensive production at the rim and from beyond the 3-point arc, while encouraging shots from the less-efficient midrange areas of the court. I am not saying Vanterpool is who I want the Rockets to pick. While the defense wasn’t awful with Robert Covington in the team (11th in defensive rating), it is certainly not a strength. I try not to get my hopes up regarding the Timberwolves. That is where Portland’s defense has looked a lot different despite the schematic similarities. This was a passive scheme, they rarely trapped, switched or double teamed. The Wolves hired David Vanterpool as associated head coach this week, a move that is interesting on several fronts. The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired David Vanterpool as their associate head coach to work with head coach Ryan Saunders and run the T-Wolves’ defense. The Rockets on Friday interviewed Timberwolves associate head coach David Vanterpool for their open head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the process said. At the 104:30 mark of this Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum interview, Vanterpool joined … He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. That process is underway with Vanterpool. Given the fact the Wolves have more athletic players than the Blazers in their wing and big positions such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Okogie and Robert Covington, Vanterpool may opt for switches more often than he did in Portland. David Vanterpool. I like Silas and Finch more and probably Unseld. Nuggets 123, Timberwolves 116: The Same, But Different Again. He’s viewed as a defensive specialist, but he also has ties to Andrew Wiggins. re: David Vanterpool as a candidate. [1:05:00] They put a five man wall around the paint and iced pick and rolls. I have news for you, David Vanterpool coaches the defense. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan Saunders. I have news for you, David Vanterpool coaches the defense. 73. Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool created a culture in Portland, investing in fringe players' games and lives as long as they possessed a work ethic. With David Vanterpool running the defense, Trail Blazers finished seventh in defensive efficiency. "Sources: Minnesota is hiring Portland assistant David Vanterpool as associate head coach. He’s said that he did so in an Instagram post (that’s since been taken down). Top . The former Washington Wizards point guard has stuck around in Portland and seen off the temptation for new challenges. He had the Timberwolves defense ranked in the top 10 before trades and injuries. Given the fact Saunders is young, Vanterpool may be the most important hire of all because he has contributed directly to one of the best locker rooms in the NBA over the past decade. A man so popular that he has never heard a bad word said about him in all his years covering the team. David Vanterpool to interview for the Rockets HC Job. View David Vanterpool’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. Davis knows what Wolves assistant David Vanterpool, in charge of the defense, wants on that end of the court after playing three seasons in Portland while Vanterpool … Re: Grizzlies @ Wolves Rematch 8pmET/7CT/5PST (Preseason game #2) Post #164 » by Jedzz » Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:14 am . This led to ball-watching and a team that just got butchered by three-pointers. Missing on the postseason won’t be the end of the world, but Saunders might lose his job if the Timberwolves don’t at least stay in contention for most of the campaign. First and foremost, Danny said that Vanterpool is a great human being. Vanterpool spent seven seasons on Portland staff before becoming the top assistant with Minnesota a year ago. Beasley also said that he has NBA All-Defensive First Team aspirations. He’ll run defense and play key role in support of Ryan … — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019 ‘Solid Is Enough’: David Vanterpool and the process to retool the Wolves’ defense Britt Robson Jan 9, 2020 54 For the vast majority of their 31-year existence in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been a wretched basketball team at the defensive end of the court. Among the names floated is Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach David Vanterpool. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019 After his play on Jackson in front of the Blazers’ bench, Harkless had nice transition defense to stop Jackson, then later blocked a fast-break layin attempt. Edwards said he had been working for 30 minutes with associate head coach David Vanterpool, who oversees the Wolves defense. While Pablo Prigioni will take care of the offensive side of the ball, the man who is being tasked to fix the Timberwolves porous defense is David Vanterpool. In the third quarter, Vanterpool was up on his feet, a clipboard in one hand, his other hand waving furiously for the Blazers to drop back as Russell Westbrook dribbled at the top of the 3-point line. As opposed to having a man in his 60s screaming at them because they couldn’t execute his outdated scheme that set them up to fail. Among the names floated is Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach David Vanterpool. JUNE 6: The Timberwolves are hiring David Vanterpool away from the Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that Vanterpool will be Ryan Saunders‘ new associate head coach. Under Ryan Saunders the defense was just hopeless, the team had no plan and it was clear they had no philosophy. His defenses in Portland were mediocre, but how much of that is the limitations of their roster? This was the case with both Robin Lopez and Jusuf Nurkic. 71. He spent the 30 minutes before the Zoom call before his first full-team training camp practice working in the gym with assistant coach David Vanterpool, the Timberwolves’ defensive coordinator. After Portland’s remarkable season this will not be happening any time soon. In particular he had an excellent relationship with Damian Lillard with Danny Marang referring to him as the ‘Dame whisperer’. Spent the past year on Saunders staff in Minny as the Associate HC and in charge of defense. Davis knows what Wolves assistant David Vanterpool, in charge of the defense, wants on that end of the court after playing three seasons in Portland while Vanterpool was an assistant there. ‘Solid Is Enough’: David Vanterpool and the process to retool the Wolves’ defense. he Minnesota Timberwolves have hired David Vanterpool as their associate head coach to work with head coach Ryan Saunders and run the T-Wolves’ defense. 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