76ers hire former WNBA star Harding as scout

Rex Christensen
August 19, 2018

On Friday, the Sixers confirmed an ESPN report that they have hired former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout for the coming season.

In 2007, Harding was the top selection in the WNBA draft and she's now the second player in WNBA history to accept a full-time National Basketball Association scouting job, following in the footsteps of current Dallas Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek.

"I would love to be in the front office and really understand how to put a team together", Harding said of the move, per Shelburne. "I still love being on the floor and having the opportunity to coach".

She said she wanted to get her foot in the door in hopes of one day finding a front office position.

Tatham, meanwhile, became the first Canadian woman on an National Basketball Association G League coaching staff when she accepted a mentor coaching role for Raptors 905, according to the Canadian Press (via Sportsnet). The Duke alum was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the first pick of the 2007 draft. As a senior in 2006-07, she almost averaged a double-double (12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds).

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Harding joins Boucek, San Antonio assistant coach Becky Hammon and LA Clippers assistant coach Natalie Nakase as former women's basketball players who have successfully made the transition to the NBA.

"I personally enjoyed my time talking with her when I interviewed her in Las Vegas; although brief, it certainly reminded me of how much passion she has and how talented she is", Brown said. She was always telling me, 'You need to come. The game is stronger, the game is faster in that way.

Shelburne was able to get several quotes from 76ers head coach and interim front office executive Brett Brown in regards to what Harding brings to Philadelphia. She retired past year and spent last season in the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program and has since interviewed with several NBA teams. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning. She helped lead the Blue Devils to a 128-12 record, three ACC regular season crowns, two ACC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament with a pair of appearances in the Final Four.

Being only one of the few females in a sport dominated by men, Harding will undeniably have her work cut out for her.

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