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Buffs in the NBA: Jamahl Mosley named head coach of Orlando Magic

Mosely is the second Buff to be named head coach this summer.

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The Orlando Magic have officially hired Jamahl Mosley, former Colorado Buffaloes star, to be their next head coach.

Mosley played at CU from 1997 to 2001, averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 103 career games. The Buffs were relatively successful during his time there and he was arguably their best and most consistent player from his sophomore season until he was named All-Big-12 his senior year.

After going undrafted in 2001, Mosley found his way to major minutes overseas. He played in Mexico, Australia, Spain, Finland and South Korea, all in the span of four seasons.

He retired from playing in 2005 before joining the staff of the Denver Nuggets as a player development coach and later assistant. After overseeing years of team success — during which he coached Chauncey Billups, another Buff who was named head coach of the Blazers two weeks ago — he moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers. His time in Cleveland was less successful, but those were rebuilding years while LeBron James was in Miami.

Mosley joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 and grew tremendously in his seven seasons working under Rick Carlisle. The Mavs overperformed their talent level, mostly because of terrific coaching, until achieving real success with Luka Doncic on the roster.

Now Mosley is taking over his own NBA team. He’s going to lead a years-long rebuild in Orlando, where they have one of the worst rosters in the NBA. Hopefully he will oversee the resurgence of Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz after each suffered major leg injuries, the continual development of Wendell Carter and Chuma Okeke, and help whomever the Magic select in the upcoming draft.

Congrats, Jamahl!