Nick Van Exel is returning to the NBA sidelines. Van Exel is now an assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Van Exel previously was with the Hawks as a player development instructor for the Hawks from 2010-12.

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“Since his playing career ended, Nick has been very successful in helping develop young guards for the teams he’s worked with, including several that have turned into All-Stars,” said Hawks Head Coach Nate McMillan. “We feel he’ll be a great addition helping our young core guards continue to progress.”

Van Exel previously was on the Dallas Mavericks as a scout for the past two seasons. He also was the head coach of the Texas Legends in the NBA G League (2015-16) and had more coaching experience with the Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, and Texas Southern University.


Nick Can Exel played 13 years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, and San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 assists, and 2.9 rebounds for his career while becoming an NBA All-Star.