The Sixers continued to revamp the organization on a busy Wednesday, reportedly hiring longtime Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke to join Doc Rivers' new coaching staff, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps:
The Sixers are hiring longtime Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke, league sources tell ESPN. Burke joins former Grizzlies and Kings coach Dave Joerger on Doc Rivers’ coaching staff, and is widely regarded for his defensive acumen.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 28, 2020
Burke, 61, spent the last 19 seasons as an assistant coach with the Pacers. He also previously spent nearly a decade with the Trailblazers, from 1988 to 1997.
Burke joins former Grizzlies and Kings head coach Dave Joerger on Rivers' staff. The Sixers hired Joerger, who was at one point in the mix for the Sixers' head coach job, earlier this month.
He also joins former Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, who is set to join Rivers' staff, a source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark. Cassell was up for the Clippers' head coaching job after Rivers and the Clippers parted ways following Los Angeles's postseason exit.
Burke was considered by those around the Pacers' organization to be the key to Indiana's defense during his tenure with the team, particularly after Nate McMillan was hired as the team's head coach in 2016.
Here's a look at the Pacers' defensive ratings over the last four seasons:
2019-20: 107.5 (6th)
2018-19: 106.0 (3rd)
2017-18: 107.3 (12th)
2016-17: 108.1 (15th)
The Sixers ranked eighth in the league in defensive rating this past season. Adding Burke to a team with an All-Defense First Team player in Ben Simmons and a young defensive star in Matisse Thybulle, along with a defensive powerhouse in Joel Embiid, seems like a fascinating fit.
Burke was reportedly pursued by multiple teams after the Pacers parted ways with head coach Frank Vogel, including Vogel himself in Orlando, but he opted to stay in Indiana under McMillan.