Being an NBA coach is no easy task whatsoever, especially considering this league’s constantly evolving and everybody needs to make a lot of adjustments in order to keep up with the trends and their competition.
Managing different egos is no easy task, while the media and fans also put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the guys that are supposed to take the reins of the team and lead them towards Championship contention.
More often than not, coaches find themselves in the hot seat following a disappointing season, and it’s not odd to see teams change coaches at will, with the Popovich, Carlile and Spoelstra’s being the exception to the rule.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 coaches that should be fired after a disastrous 2017-18 regular season.
5. Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford has only had two winning seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, racking up 2 straight losing seasons, and moreover, failing to show any signs of improvement whatsoever on a team that’s also struggled with scouting.
Following some health issues, he should just step aside and let somebody else handle the coaching duties at Carolina, mostly because this team is very likely to trade Kemba and Howard and go through yet another rebuilding process, and he’s failed to prove he’s willing to develop young talents or give rookies a long leash.
4. Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy’s been around the league for quite a long time now and even though he’s a great basketball mind, he’s failed to adjust and seems just so out of date, not to mention the fact that he’s been unable to make the most of Andre Drummond’s young career and even managed to miss the playoffs despite trading for Blake Griffin.
Van Gundy’s Pistons stint got off to a terrific start after waiving Josh Smith, but ever since, he’s failed to make this group any better or develop their young talents such as Stanley Johnson. To be fair, this team lacks a true starting point guard, with Reggie Jackson being unreliable and injury prone.
3. Mike Malone
Mike Malone has done a great job with the Denver Nuggets and his record has improved on a yearly basis, but still, it seems like he’s not the right man to lead this team back to the postseason regardless of their great young core and the addition of Paul Millsap.
The Nuggets are a huge defensive disaster and even though they control their own destiny, they’re more likely to miss the postseason once again this year. Should this be the case, Malone would definitely be a prime candidate to hit the road.
2. Jeff Hornacek
The New York Knicks have been a huge embarrassment for a decade now, and after Derek Fisher’s disastrous tenure on board, Jeff Hornacek has even made things worse at the Madison Square Garden, and we can’t put the blame on Phil Jackson anymore.
Hornacek has miserably failed to even put together a steady starting 5, has a huge log jam at the point guard spot, hasn’t trusted Ntilikina and most importantly, has failed to keep his own players satisfied, not to mention a putrid .346 record this season.
1. Dave Joerger
Well, the Sacramento Kings aren’t the worst team in the league just because the Suns are even worse, but at least they’re going to be looking for a head coach during the offseason, something the Kings are unlikely to do as they trust Joerger to be the man in charge amid their rebuilding process.
Nonetheless, Joerger has been quite incompetent when it comes to developing their young core, has given a lot of runs to washed out players that are just taking away minutes from their future franchise players, and has mightily struggled to leave his great defensive blueprint at Sac-Town.