The 2009-2010 season was already a fantastic one for the D-League, with a record number of NBA call-ups, incredible success for individual players like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver, and record attendance and viewership. It seems the 2010-2011 season will pick up right where this year left off, as there’s already one notable D-League call-up for next season: According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Austin Toros head coach has been hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to be the head of player development under Doug Collins.
Snyder was one of the finest coaches in the D, and his mentoring of the Toros was a big reason why the organization was one of the most successful in the D-League. Now he’ll have an opportunity to work with a new level of talent. No offense to Curtis Jerrells and Dwayne Jones, but they’re not quite Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights. Snyder should also have a chance to work with whoever Philly selects with the No. 2 pick in this summer’s draft.
Losing Snyder to the big leagues is kind of a bummer for the D-League and the Toros, but this is what it’s all about. Players and coaches alike can prove themselves on a level where the competition is solid but the pressure to produce immediately isn’t as high, which facilitates development and growth. Snyder grew as a coach and repaired his tarnished reputation while with the Toros, and while it would be great to see him running the show in Austin again, it’s even better to see his time in the D earning him an NBA job.