Salt Lake City Stars Head Coach Martin Schiller has been named the 2019-20 NBA G League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year and Utah Jazz Director of Scouting/Salt Lake City Stars Vice President of Basketball Operations Bart Taylor has been named the 2019-20 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year, the league announced today.
Schiller was selected in a vote by the league’s 28 head coaches and general managers. Taylor earned the honor in a vote of NBA G League team basketball executives.
The duo authored the most successful season in Salt Lake City Stars history, as the club posted a Western Conference-leading 30-12 (.714) record at the time of the season’s stoppage. The team’s 30 wins were its most in a single season since moving to Salt Lake City in 2016 and the franchise’s highest win total since the 2008-09 campaign when it was based in Boise as the Idaho Stampede. The Stars were poised to appear in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
“Martin and Bart have worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, to do all they can to put the Jazz in a position to win thanks to their work with the Stars,” said Dennis Lindsey, executive vice president of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz. “When we moved the team to Salt Lake City in 2016, we had a vision for how the Stars would fit in and play a critical role in our operations with the Jazz. Today’s recognitions are well-deserved and we’re proud to share in their celebrations.”
“I could not be more proud to see both Martin and Bart recognized by the league and their peers for the leadership and professionalism they have shown to the Stars and Jazz organization,” said Stars president Jonathan Rinehart. “It has been extremely rewarding to watch the continued growth and development of the Stars this year, which is directly attributable to the amount of hard work that Martin and his staff put in every day, and Bart’s tireless dedication to finding ways to continue to improve the team.”
The Stars won the MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase Tournament in December in the midst of a 14-game winning streak, the longest in the NBA G League this season and tied for second-longest in a single season in league history. The Stars held opponents to an NBA G League-low 31.3 percent from three-point range, the lowest opponent three-point percentage by an NBA G League team in a single season since the Fort Worth Flyers in 2005-06, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Schiller and his staff coached two players to GATORADE NBA Call-Ups this season: William Howard to the Houston Rockets and Juwan Morgan to the Utah Jazz. Morgan was one of six Jazz players who appeared in a game with the Stars this season, joining Miye Oni, Rayjon Tucker, Nigel Williams-Goss and two-way players Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman.
Schiller, in his third year as head coach, was named NBA G League Coach of the Month for games played in December. Prior to joining the Stars, the Vienna, Austria, native served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the German Bundesliga for two years. He was also an assistant coach for the Bundesliga’s Artland Dragons from 2010-2015.
Schiller has assisted the German National Team since 2015, most recently during the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China in 2019. Schiller began his coaching career in the youth leagues in Germany and Austria.
Schiller is the first coach in the franchise’s Salt Lake City era to be named Coach of the Year and the G League’s first European-born coach to earn the honor. Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder earned the accolade leading the San Antonio Spurs affiliate in Austin (2008-09) and Jazz Assistant Coach Alex Jensen was named Coach of the Year with the Canton Charge (2012-13).
Prior to relocating to Salt Lake City, the franchise earned the Coach of the Year Award twice, as Idaho Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates collected back-to-back honors in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Taylor is in his eighth season with the Jazz and his fourth as the team’s director of scouting and Stars vice president of basketball operations. He has directed all basketball-related decisions for the Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate since it began play in Salt Lake City in 2016.
During Taylor’s tenure with the Stars, current Jazz players Tony Bradley, Georges Niang and Royce O’Neale have also suited up with Utah’s NBA G League affiliate. The team has posted an improvement in winning percentage in each of Taylor’s seasons at the helm.
Prior to his stint in Utah, Taylor spent one season with the San Antonio Spurs (2011-12) and one season with the Austin Spurs (2010-11) in basketball operations.
Taylor is the first basketball executive in franchise history to earn the honor, which the NBA G League began awarding in 2015-16.