The Philadelphia 76ers need a new coach. Here are names they should consider.
After a disastrous 2019-20 season, the Philadelphia 76ers fired Brett Brown. While it was never Brown’s fault, consistent failure from one of the most talented teams in basketball has inevitable consequences, no matter how poorly the roster is constructed. Brown was never going to survive this season.
It’s now up to Philadelphia’s infamously disorganized front office to find a new head coach to guide the franchise forward. Names and rumors have already saturated the web, but we can expect some time to elapse before a new coach is officially named — especially with so many candidates currently coaching in the playoffs.
The Sixers’ next head coach should exhibit creativity — a willingness to change on the fly. Brown’s fatal flaw was his stubbornness. He was too set in his ways, often making adjustments a game too late. Philadelphia’s offensive woes went way beyond the game plan, but Brown’s inability to fully unlock Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons was a death blow.
In addition to creativity and new ideas on offense, the next coach should have some level of respect league-wide. It’s important for the next lead voice in the locker room to have sway over players like Embiid and Simmons, who will need persuasion at times.
Here are 10 candidates who, in my book, are worth considering. In no particular order.
- Jacque Vaughn
- Dave Joerger
- Alvin Gentry
- Stan Van Gundy