Former Creighton standout Grant Gibbs was named coach of the Oklahoma City Blue, G League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Friday.
Gibbs spent the past two seasons as an assistant for the Blue, helping them reach the playoffs each year. He began his coaching career after three professional seasons in the Netherlands and Germany.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to take on this role with the Blue and continue to be part of the Thunder organization,” Gibbs said in a press release. “Getting to work with our players and help them improve on a daily basis is something that I’m very committed to, and I’m looking forward to building on what has been established here.”
After transferring from Gonzaga, Gibbs started 99 games in three seasons for Creighton from 2011-14. The Linn-Mar, Iowa, product averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 assists per game, shooting just under 40 percent from 3-point range for the Bluejays. CU made the NCAA tournament each of his three years.
Gibbs replaces former Blue coach Mark Daigneault, who was promoted to an assistant with the Thunder. Daigneault is the fourth straight coach of the Thunder’s G League team to move up to the NBA.
“Grant is someone we identified early in his post-playing career as a potential fit within our organization,” Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in a press release. “He has steadily impressed us with his versatility as a coach. We believe he will do an excellent job with the Blue and is ready to continue his growth within the organization.”