Drafting the perfect 'Popovich Tree' coach lineup to develop Wembanyama

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3.) Chip Engelland

This one is easy. Chip Engelland was one of the main lynchpins in the past successes of this storied development staff. His ability to improve the shot of just about every single player willing to put in the work is second to none. For years, Engelland was the best-kept secret in the NBA, but once word got out about his coveted coaching skills, teams tried to poach him left and right. Even Steve Kerr tried to make a move on the talented teacher when he got the Golden State job.

The Spurs gave raises and promotions to Engelland to keep him on the staff as long as possible, even moving the shooting coach to the front of the bench, an unprecedented move at the time. However, a lucrative from the Thunder convinced him to change allegiances last summer. Josh Giddey has raved about the effect Engelland has had on his jumper since arriving in Oklahoma City, and there are many similar stories from guys like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, who swear by the revered shot doctor.

Victor Wembanyama has a smooth game with a sweet-looking form on his shot, but he still requires work for it to become consistent. His stroke will improve with time on the court, but working with Chip Engelland could streamline that development. Imagine the leap the Silver and Black could make if he could bestow elite shooting touch upon Wemby, Jeremy Sochan, and the rest of the young core. Why don't you come on back from OKC, Engelland? You miss the breakfast tacos, don't you?

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