Could Kevin Young of the Phoenix Suns become NBA head coach soon?

Each spring during the NBA playoffs, ESPN’s Kevin Arnowitz makes a list of coaches he’s heard gossip about could become head coaches in the league one day.

Arnowitz released his 2022 roster last week, and the first name mentioned is Kevin Young, a Utah native who currently holds the Phoenix Suns assistant coaching title, the Western Conference’s best team this season.

“If alignment is what you’re after, Suns Associate Technical Director Kevin Young is a natural fit,” Arnowitz wrote. “Both the Suns basketball team and head coach Monty Williams Young are an essential hub for brainstorming across the organization.

“It’s a logical role for a young coach who excels in listening and communication.”

Young, 40, was head coach in Ireland for a year at the age of 23 before becoming an assistant at UVU (then UVSC) for a season.

He was then an assistant at a small school in Georgia for a year before becoming an assistant at the NBA D-League (now G League) Utah Flash, which is now the Salt Lake City Stars.

He held this role for a season before being promoted to head coach for the 2010-2011 campaign.

Young then succeeded current Toronto Raptors coach Nick Norse as head coach for the D-League’s Iowa Energy, a position he held until 2013 when he became an assistant to the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers affiliate.

Young was promoted to head coach after the 2013-14 season, a position he held until 2017.

At that point, he became an assistant with the 76ers until 2020, when the Suns hired him as an assistant (he and Suns head coach Monty Williams were assistants together in Philadelphia during the 2018-19 season).

Young was promoted to assistant head coach at Phoenix prior to this season.

“He’s been respected by the players for his work ethic and candor,” Arnowitz wrote. “He was one of the finalists for Washington last spring, the intensity of which took a toll.”

In addition to Young, Arnovitz also included fellow Suns associate Brian Rundle and employees of the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.

On Sunday, Warriors assistant Mike Brown was named head coach for the Sacramento Kings, ESPN’s Adrian Vojnarowski first reported.

In addition, Arnovitz mentioned the following names in his list:

  • South Carolina women’s coach Don Staley
  • Former Utah Jazz Center Jaron Collins, an assistant at the New Orleans Pelicans after many years as an assistant at the Golden State Warriors
  • Former Vilanova coach Jay Wright
  • Barcelona coach Saronas Gazievicius

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