6 Teams and a Look at NBA’s ‘Coaching Carousel’
The National Basketball Association has been called a “coaching carousel,” and rightfully so. There are currently six available head coaching jobs in the NBA, which amounts to one-fifth of the league. Even further, 18 of the 30 jobs have become available in the past 12 months, and only four head coaches — San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Dallas’s Rick Carlisle, and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra — have been in their positions for more than five years.
Read on as we break down the six teams and some of the pros and cons of each position, in no particular order.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
When Rick Adelman retired after a 23-year NBA coaching career, Minnesota once again became a team on the brink. Though Adelman missed the playoffs in each of his three seasons in Minnesota, the Timberwolves’ 40-42 record in 2013-14 was his best, and the team increased its win total in each campaign. One of the major strengths of the Timberwolves is their center, Kevin Love, who is undoubtedly one of the best in the game.
Consider his stats: Just last season, Love became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975-1976) to average 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists per game — no small feat. The Timberwolves also have a malleable guard in Ricky Rubio and a lottery pick in this year’s draft. Still, Love has a player option next season and can opt out of his contract, so the franchise might need to land a bigger name in order to keep him.