The Miami Heat have promoted former player Kasib Powell to head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, their G League affiliate team.
Originally joining the team as an assistant coach in 2016, Powell has a long history with the franchise during his playing career and beyond. He was named MVP of the NBA G League (then the D League) for the 2007-08 season after averaging an impressive 22.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 40 games with 38 starts as the first ever Skyforce player to win the award. Powell becomes the 21st head coach in the 32-season history of the Skyforce, who joined the Heat as their G League affiliate team in 2013.
“I’m so excited for Kasib to get this opportunity,” said Skyforce President Mike Heineman. “He has been such a giant figure throughout the history of the Skyforce as a league MVP player, an assistant coach and now as our head coach. I am proud that he will be the person leading our team this season.”
“I’m honored to be named Head Coach of such a great organization, with so much history and prestige,” said Powell. “I look forward to guiding these young men to be the best they can be, both on and off the court. I’m excited to have such a supportive community, and I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to continue a legacy and add to it as well.”
Powell was called up by the Heat and played 11 games in the 2007-08 NBA season after his MVP season with the Skyforce, his lone NBA experience. He later rejoined the Skyforce for the 2008-09 season, averaging 18.6 points, 4.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in 20 appearances (15 starts) and then finished out his playing career overseas. He has lived in Sioux Falls with his family since retiring in 2012 and was later named to the Skyforce Hall of Fame in 2016 as an inaugural inductee.
“Kasib is perfect for this role and for this city,” said Miami HEAT Director of Player Personnel and Skyforce General Manager Eric Amsler. “He has been ingrained in Sioux Falls as a player, as an assistant coach, as a father and family man, and now gets to lead our Skyforce. We are very excited for him in this next step of his career.”