Igor Kokoskov (EEE-gore KO-kosh-kov) joins the Mavericks after having spent the last year as head coach of the Turkish League’s Fenerbache. Kokoskov led Fenerbache to a 20-16 EuroLeague record. The team fell to CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague playoffs. In Turkish League play, the team tallied a 22-8 record before losing to EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes in the league finals.
Kokoskov, who owns the distinction of being the first non-American to be a full-time NBA assistant coach, has more than two decades of NBA coaching experience. He joined the L.A. Clippers as an assistant in 2000 before spending five years (2003-08) in Detroit, where he won the 2004 NBA championship. He also served assistant coaching stints with Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah before being named head coach of the Suns, a post he held for the 2018-19 season. Prior to returning to Europe, Kokoskov spent the 2019-20 season in Sacramento. The University of Missouri hired Kokoskov to their full-time coaching staff in 1999 as he became the first European to hold that position in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
The Serbia native is the head coach of the Serbian National Team. He also coached the national teams of Georgia and Slovenia, coaching Mavericks All-Star Luka Dončić and leading the team to the 2017 EuroBasket title.