Per DallasBasketball.com via Scout, Dallas has extended the contract of PC legend God Shammgod for four more years. Shammgod, known for his incredible handle from his playing days, served as they player development coach for the Mavericks last season and is credited with vastly improving the ball handling skills of Harrison Barnes last year.
With new first round lottery draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. joining the Mavericks this season, Shammgod will be tasked with working with the young guard, whom I believe will be the best point guard out of this past year’s draft class that included Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA.
Shammgod has actually been working with Smith since his High School playing days and the two have shared a personal relationship for quite some time, which even further helps the connection that these two will have in the coming years. They won’t need to develop that trust in one another that otherwise may take some time to feel out between a new player and coach.
Smith had some glowing things to say about Shammgod which just reaffirms what the Friar Faithful have long known.
“He had a great impact. You hear a lot of stories about him, and then you finally get to meet him and realize he’s a humble guy. He has a lot of knowledge about the game, so I’m looking to be a sponge and take in everything I can. I believe that he’ll help enhance my basketball career.”
Shammgod also helped in the player development of PC guards like Kris Dunn and Bryce Cotton when he served as Undergraduate Student Assistant on the Providence Friars staff under Ed Cooley from 2012 to 2015. Shammgod was completing his undergraduate degree in Leadership Development at the time at Providence College while serving on the coaching staff.
According to sources (Scout), Shammgod was being heavily pursued by other NBA clubs, which prompted the Mavericks to sign him to this extension.