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Oklahoma City Thunder Promote Mark Daigneault To Head Coach

The Oklahoma City Thunder have named Mark Daigneault as their new head coach. The team made the announcement Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Daigneault was an assistant coach for OKC last season and was the head coach of the team's G-League affiliate for the previous five seasons. During his tenure, the Oklahoma City Blue won three division titles and had a .572 winning percentage.

"From my first day here, my values have always been aligned with those of the organization, and I’m looking forward to helping them continue to be lived out on and off the court," Daigneault said in a news release.

Daigneault takes over a team that is widely expected to enter a rebuilding phase based around young players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort and Darius Bazley. OKC also holds 15 first-round draft picks and two pick swaps through the 2026 NBA Draft.

Daigneault replaces Billy Donovan, who let his contract expire in September and subsequently took the Chicago Bulls head coaching gig.

The 2020-21 NBA season kicks off on December 22nd.

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