Suns tap Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoškov as their new head coach

The Suns' hiring of Kokoskov means a more uptempo, pass-heavy offense for Devin Booker (and either Arizona big man Deandre Ayton or Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic) to work with.

Kahron Spearman

The Phoenix Suns have signed Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov to become the franchise's head coach. League sources say its a three-year agreement with no options, according to ESPN.


Kokoskov, a Serbian native, will be the first head coach born and raised outside North America in NBA history. He will start his head coaching duties with the Suns following the conclusion of Utah's postseason. The Jazz is tied with the Houston Rockets 1-1 in Western Conference semifinals.


One of the best assistants in the league, Kokoskov was an assistant with the Suns from 2008 to 2013.

Hes a great tactician, hes great at player development. He has an understated way about him that players really respect and like. He has a track record of winning and helping players get better wherever he goes.

Ryan McDonough
Phoenix general manager

The news of Kokoskov runs twofold. It suggests that the Suns are leaning toward an uptempo, pass-heavy system, a strategic arrangement more suitable for guard Devin Booker. 


Just as importantly the system will dictate who the Suns draft, as they are likely to get a top-three selection in June with the best odds for the number one pick.


Should the Suns land at either one or two, they would have their pick of either Arizona big man Deandre Ayton or Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic. Either player would fit seamlessly alongside Booker.