Buckner joins Grizzlies as assistant coach

The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Greg Buckner as an assistant coach, general manager Chris Wallace announced Friday.

Buckner joins the staff of interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

Per a team release:

Buckner joins the Grizzlies with five years of coaching experience (2011-16) with the Houston Rockets, where he served alongside Bickerstaff for two seasons as an assistant coach (2014-16) following three seasons as a player development coach (2011-14).

Selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (53rd overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft, Buckner appeared in 570 career games (117 starts) and averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists with the Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies. Regarded as an outstanding defensive player, Buckner helped his teams reach the postseason in six of his 10 NBA seasons. His playing career also included a stint with the Grand Rapids Hoops (1998-99) of the Continental Basketball Association.

As a collegian at Clemson University, Buckner became the first Tiger to ever lead his team in scoring in four straight years (1994-98) and guided the program to three NCAA Tournament bids. The Hopkinsville, Kentucky native started all 122 games of his career without missing a single contest, setting the school record for consecutive starts. Inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, Buckner remains the lone Tiger to ever win the ACC Rookie of the Year Award (1994-95).

Bickerstaff replaced David Fizdale, fired in November following an eight-game losing streak.