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2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook

Bas ketbal Operations Otis Smith ASSISTANT COACH/ Directo r OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT Otis Smith enters his first year as director of player development/ assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons after spending the last two seasons as head coach of the Grand Rapids Drive – the Pistons’ NBA Development League affiliate. Prior to joining the Drive, Smith most recently was President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Orlando Magic from 2006-12. Under his leadership, the Magic were 299-177 (.628), recorded four consecutive 50-plus-win seasons (2007-08 -2010-11), won three straight Southeast Division titles (2007-10), advanced to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals (2009, 2010) and reached the NBA Finals in 2009. Before being named general manager, Smith spent one season as assistant general manager in 2005-06 after serving the previous two seasons as director of player development. Charles Klask Aaron Gray 20 Detroit Pistons 2016–17 Yearbook A seasoned veteran, Smith has been involved in the NBA in some capacity for almost three decades. A second-round pick (41st overall) by the Denver Nuggets in the 1986 NBA Draft, Smith played in 375 career games with Denver, Golden State and Orlando and averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Following his playing career, Smith joined the Magic as community relations manager, a post he held for two years. During that time, the organization was presented the Pro Team Community Award, given by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He was also vice president of marketing and community relations of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. Smith spent the 2002-03 season as executive director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department and worked in conjunction with the players and basketball staff. During the previous two-plus seasons, Smith served as director of community relations/Warriors Foundation. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Smith is a 1986 graduate of Jacksonville University. Charles Klask is in the third year of his third stint with the Pistons after working as an assistant coach/advance scout with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013-14 season. Klask served as an assistant coach with the Pistons from 2011-13 and worked for the Orlando Magic from 2002-11 as a video coordinator, advance scout and the last three years as the scouting information manager. Before joining the Magic, Klask got his start in the NBA with the Pistons as a video coordinating intern in the summer of 2001 and then became the video coordinator of the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. The previous two years he worked as a coaching assistant with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA and also worked as an assistant coach for the Dodge City Legend of the USBL during the summer of 2000. A native of Livonia, MI, Klask attended Livonia Stevenson High School and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He and his wife, Brienne, have two children. Assistant Coach Aaron Gray enters his first season as assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons after serving as a coaching assistant during the 2015-16 season. Gray enjoyed a seven-year NBA career after being selected 49th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He holds career averages of 3.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 12.1 minutes in 318 career games with Chicago, New Orleans, Toronto and Sacramento. Gray played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh from 2003-07, where he averaged 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks and 20.9 minutes in 113 games. During his junior year with the Panthers, he earned the Big-East 2005-06 Most Improved Player and was named to the All-Big East First Team. A native of Tarzana, CA, he and his wife Loredana have a son and daughter. Assistant Coach


2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook
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