J. B. Bickerstaff

J. B. Bickerstaff
Memphis Grizzlies
Position Associate head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1979-03-10) March 10, 1979
Denver, Colorado
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
High school East (Denver, Colorado)
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Position Forward
Coaching career 2001–present
Career history
As coach:
20042007 Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
20072011 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20112015 Houston Rockets (assistant)
2015–2016 Houston Rockets (interim)
2016–present Memphis Grizzlies (Associate HC)

John-Blair "J. B." Bickerstaff (born March 10, 1979) is an American basketball coach who is currently the associate head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that, he was the interim head coach for the Houston Rockets and has also been an assistant coach for several NBA teams.


Bickerstaff played his first two collegiate seasons at Oregon State and finished his career at the University of Minnesota. He averaged 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior for the Golden Gophers.

He spent three seasons (2004–2007) with the Charlotte Bobcats as an assistant coach, before spending four (2007–2011) seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was hired as an assistant coach by the Rockets on July 15, 2011.[1] He was made interim head coach of the Rockets on November 18, 2015, after Kevin McHale was fired.[2] On that same day, he made his coaching debut against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 108–103 overtime victory.[3]

After the season, Bickerstaff informed the Rockets that he had withdrawn his name for the head coaching search, effectively ending his tenure with the Houston Rockets.[4]

On June 8, 2016, Bickerstaff was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies to be the associate head coach.[5]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
Houston 2015–16 713734.5214th in Southwest514.200 Lost in First Round
Career 713734.521514.200

Personal life

Bickerstaff is the son of former NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff.[6]


  1. Rockets add four assistants to coaching staff. nba.com (July 15, 2011)
  2. "Rockets Relieve Kevin McHale of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  3. Blinebury, Fran (November 19, 2015). "ROCKETS TURN BACK PAGE FOR BICKERSTAFF". NBA.com. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  4. Feigen, Jonathan (May 4, 2016). "J.B. Bickerstaff pulls himself from consideration for Rockets' head coaching job". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  5. "Grizzlies announce additions to Coaching Staff". NBA.com. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  6. J.B. Bickerstaff. nba.com
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