The Detroit Piston’s have announced that they are parting ways with Head Coach Stan Van Gundy after 4 seasons. Under Van Gundy’s tenure, the Piston’s record was 152-176 (.463 win %) making one playoff appearance in the 2015-2016 season, exiting in the 1st round. The Pistons join a list of NBA teams looking for a new head coach, including the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. Here below we look at some of the top available coaches on the market that teams should consider.
Currently the head coach for Darussafaka in the Turkish Super League, and is considered one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball. Blatt coached the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014-2015 season and was fired halfway through the 2015-2016 season. In 123 games as the Cavaliers coach, he posted a record of 83-40 or a .675 win percentage, leading the Cavaliers to the NBA finals in 2015. In the right system, Blatt could make for an excellent coach.
The 2014-2015 NBA coach of the year, Budenholzer was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs from 1996-2013 and the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2013-2018. As head coach of the Hawks (213-197), Budenholzer holds the Hawks franchise record of 60 wins in a season and led them to the playoffs 4 out of the 5 years including an Eastern Conference finals appearance in 2015. Budenholzer and the Hawks agreed to part ways on April 25th, 2018. Budenholzer is considered at the top of the list of available coaches by many, and who wouldn’t want someone who studied under the great Gregg Popovich for 18 years?
With experience as an assistant coach, advanced scout, and in player development, Stephen Silas could be looked at by teams to fill their need for a head coach. In the league since 1999, Silas has been a scout for the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards, and has 14 years of assistant coach experience with the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors. With the Warriors, Silas worked on the development of perimeter players as well as game preparation and managing the team’s offensive and defensive playbooks. One of these perimeter players included the two-time MVP Stephen Curry. Serving as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers, Silas worked with LeBron James and was responsible for player skill work and development, game preparation, pre-game walk-through as well as the management and development of the technology and NBA scouting systems for the coaching staff. Silas also served as head coach for both teams summer leagues. On December 4, 2017, Silas filled in as head coach of the hornets when Steve Clifford stepped away due to illness, serving as interim head coach until January 16th 2018.
Becky Hammon played in the WNBA for 16 seasons for the San Antonio Stars and New York Liberty, as well as multiple basketball teams outside of the United States. Hired by the San Antonio Spurs on August 5th 2014, she became the 1st full time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional US sports. Hammon was assigned as the head coach in the NBA’s Summer League when the Spurs announced she would coach their team, winning the Las Vegas Summer League title in 2015. Highly regarded by head coach Gregg Popovich, he has spoken highly of her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills.
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