Three-time All Star and two-time WNBA champion Kristi Toliver has reportedly been hired as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The star guard opted out of the 2020 WNBA season after finishing out her second year as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards — a job she landed back in 2019 during her time with the Washington Mystics.
Now in 2021, Toliver is an active player on the Los Angeles Sparks roster.
Through 15 contests so far in the WNBA season, Toliver is averaging 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game. Just yesterday, the LA star hit a game-tying buzzer beater to send her team to a 85-80 overtime victory against the Atlanta Dream.
Kristi Toliver sends it to OT 🚨
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 18, 2021
The basketball world took to Twitter on Thursday to react to this hire.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 19, 2021
This is pretty cool. I hope we get another year of her on the court tho, at least. KT is one of my faves to watch. https://t.co/GLgQjwJOwt
— Michael Sykes, II (@MikeDSykes) August 19, 2021
You love to see it. https://t.co/tZnjABKwjG
— Tyler Byrum (@theTylerByrum) August 19, 2021
Fantastic hire by @dallasmavs.@KristiToliver is a WNBA Champ. Is one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around. Great insights. As the daughter of former NBA official George Toliver, she even understands refs💯😂 https://t.co/g5xz2GINRz
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) August 19, 2021
Congrats to Kristi!! Top Tier human https://t.co/JGMwzgPxne
— Chris Miles (@chrismilestv) August 19, 2021
I’ve met very few people that live and breathe basketball like @KristiToliver does and even fewer who have the IQ she brings to the game. Great hire for the Mavericks organization! #NBA #WNBA https://t.co/z2uPhi3Ami
— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) August 19, 2021
Toliver is one of five female assistant coaches in the NBA, including San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Sacramento’s Lindsay Harding, Memphis’ Sonia Raman and New Orleans’ Teresa Weatherspoon. Former Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek left the organization with head coach Rick Carlisle to join the Indiana Pacers earlier this offseason.
Toliver will join recently-hired head coach Jason Kidd as new members of the Mavs coaching staff in 2021.
Details of her new contract with Dallas have yet to be released.