Former Georgia Tech and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Mark Price is joining the Charlotte Bobcats’ coaching staff to improve the team’s shooting.

But coach Steve Clifford says that’s not all Price can offer.

“Jeff (Van Gundy) used to say people forget Mark was Steve Nash before Steve Nash,” Clifford said of Price’s varied skills as a player. “He’s a knowledgeable basketball coach whose specialty the last few years is shooting. But I think he’s a coach who can help in a lot of ways.”

The Bobcats’ 42.2 percent shooting from the field last season was last among the 30 NBA teams. They were 18th in free-throw percentage (75 percent) and 27th in 3-point percentage (33.4 percent). They were 27th in points scored (93.3 per game).

Price was one of the best-shooting guards in NBA history, finishing a 12-season career at 47 percent from the field, 90 percent from the foul line and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Clifford, hired two weeks ago to replace Mike Dunlap, is finishing up his staff. Former Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has been named associate head coach. Stephen Silas has been retained from the previous staff. And Bob Beyer, who was once Clifford’s boss at Siena College, is coming over from the Golden State Warriors as an assistant.