Randy Wittman Fired: Power Ranking Washington Wizards Top Coaching Candidates
Who Coaches the Wizards in 2016-17?
April 15, 2016
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Besides the Houston Rockets, the Washington Wizards may have been the most disappointing team in the NBA, which has led to the firing of head coach Randy Wittman. It’s now time to figure out who is going to coach the Wizards in 2016-17. Here are some coaches to consider for Washington next season.
Scott Brooks - Scott Brooks should have never been fired from the Oklahoma City Thunder to begin with, as he made deep runs in the playoffs each season, which includes a Finals appearance in 2012. Brooks is going to get a head coaching job again sooner or later, and it might as well be Washington. Also, Brooks has a good relationship with Kevin Durant. Hire Brooks, and the Wizards may have a punchers chance to get the top free agent during the summer.
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Jeff Hornacek - Before this season’s disaster, Jeff Hornacek won a combined 87 games the last two years with the Phoenix Suns. Sure, this season was flat out ugly, but you also have to remember that the Sun's watched Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight miss a ton of games due to injury. It’s hard to win games in the NBA when you’re missing your top two players. In a limited time, Hornacek has shown he can coach at the NBA level, and he has a solid relationship with current Washington player Markieff Morris. I’m not sure why anyone would want to stick around in Phoenix, which is a joke of a franchise right now. Hiring Hornacek may be the best move for the Wizards and the coach given the circumstances.
Tom Thibodeau - Any team in the NBA that has a coaching vacancy has to give Tom Thibodeau a call, as he’s easily the top coach who currently doesn’t have a job. Thibodeau is a defensive mastermind with a proven track record. Only concern for Washington is that Thibodeau won’t come cheap, so Ted Leonsis has to open the wallet if he wants to make the splash hire.
Sam Cassell - Sam Cassell has a relationship with a lot of the Wizards players after being an assistant coach for a few years. Cassell is now an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers and would certainly entertain the idea of being a head coach for the first time in his career. John Wall also gives Cassell credit for helping him take that next step in his career. Cassell has been under the wing of great basketball minds in Flip Saunders and Doc Rivers. After many years as an assistant, it may be time for Cassell to take that next step.
Mark Jackson - It’s only matter of time before Mark Jackson leaves announcing to become a head coach again. Jackson shouldn’t have been fired from the Golden State Warriors, as he improved the team each season. Jackson won 52.6 percent of his games and got the Warriors to the playoffs back-to-back seasons after the franchise was the doormat of the league for decades. The same way Jackson was thrilled to work with an impressive backcourt in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, I’m sure he’d see similar things in Wall and Bradley Beal. Jackson would pick up the phone if the Wizards called.