The Search Is On – Who Will Be the Philadelphia 76ers Next Head Coach?

| August 27, 2020 5:53 am PDT

That whole “Trust the Process” motto was cute and all, but the fans in Philly want results.

Obtaining the #6 seed in a fairly weak Eastern Conference and then getting shellacked by the Celtics in the first round – not exactly what the Sixers had in mind seven years into the Brett Brown regime. Losing Ben Simmons a few games into the restart obviously wasn’t ideal, but the facts are the facts.

Philadelphia didn’t just lose to Boston in the opening round – they got absolutely pummeled in four straight games and never stood a chance.

Whether or not Elton Brand breaks up the Simmons/Embiid duo in the offseason remains to be seen, but the search for the Philadelphia 76ers next head coach is already in full swing.

Let’s take a look at the candidates.

Next 76ers Head Coach Odds

You can see a number of names are in play to become the next head coach of the 76ers. However, the decision for who gets the nod will ultimately come down to one man’s choice.

Sixers GM Elton Brown won’t be relying on insight from other prominent members of the front office, nor will he be utilizing the “consensus-orientated” approach that has failed this team in the past.

“To be clear and frank, we feel that the collaboration days didn’t work too well, so I will be leading the search.”

I’m reluctant to think that either of the Van Gundy brothers is a good fit for the roster that’s in place, and it looks like Jay Wright is staying put nearby at Villanova.

Of all the 76ers head coach candidates, here are the four names that seem the most realistic.

Tyronn Lue +100

Tyronn Lue opens as the heavy favorite to land in Philly. The current assistant in Los Angeles is in the running for the Brooklyn job as well, and rumors are that New Orleans and Chicago could also pursue the former Cavs head coach.

On the heels of the Pacers canning Nate McMillan, Lue’s agent may get contacted by Indiana as well.

Given that Tyronn is likely to be on the radar of multiple teams needing to fill their head coaching vacancy, perhaps Lue will have his pick of the litter.

Tyronn’s ties to David Griffin and the allure of Zion Williamson make the Pelicans an interesting choice. Lue’s bond with Kyrie Irving and an opportunity to coach Kevin Durant put the Nets squarely in play.

Then again, +100 odds are fairly convincing, and who am I to dispute when Woj starts dropping bombs.

Ime Udoka +300

Ime Udoka is another hot name circulating NBA front offices, and it’s conceivable that the current assistant in Philadelphia is in line for a promotion. Before the Sixers HC job became available Udoka was my pick to be the next Chicago Bulls head coach, but the opening in Philly throws a wrinkle into those potential plans.

Udoka is a no-nonsense guy that meets many of Elton’s requirements, and being groomed by Greg Popovich for eight seasons as an assistant in San Antonio is a major selling point.

At the same time, if Brand is hellbent on bringing in a new voice in hopes of shaking up the culture, can he really turn around and promote a current assistant?

It’s not out of the realm, but it may not be all that likely.

Kenny Atkinson +600

Kenny Atkinson is going to get another shot at being at NBA head coach – that’s not really up for debate. That’s why if Philadelphia is serious about enticing Atkinson to come on board, they may want to do so sooner rather than later.

The Bulls have shown interest and the Pelicans are already fully engaged in their pursuit. Nevertheless, the 76ers job could be the most promising one of them all and the one that Kenny has his eye on.

The ex-Nets HC prides himself on developing young talent and could be the perfect guy to maximize the skillset of Ben Simmons. He’s also used to dealing with big personalities – something Brand must keep in mind if he decides not to unload Joel Embiid during the offseason.

Could Atkinson to Philly be a match made in heaven?

Jason Kidd +900

I can’t guarantee that Jason Kidd is going to wind up as the 76ers next head coach. With that being said, don’t expect him to return as Frank Vogel’s sidekick in La La Land when the next NBA season gets underway.

Jason has too bright of a basketball mind to whittle away as an assistant coach in this league, plus he’s hungry to get back to the top of an organization and start implementing his philosophies.

Like a handful of others on this page, Kidd has been linked to other jobs in and is sure to be interviewed by at least a couple of teams. I don’t see him going back to Brooklyn where he began his coaching career, but Indy, Chicago, and New Orleans would all make sense.

It’s up to Brand to convince Jason that Philly would be the best fit.

76ers Next Head Coach Prediction

The way I see it, Philly’s progress is directly tied to the growth and maturity of Ben Simmons. As his game expands, the Sixers will start to flourish.

Enter Jason Kidd – one of savviest point guards of all time and a guy who knows exactly how to coach up a team’s primary passer. After all, only John Stockton has more career assists in the history of the sport.

Simmons must advance his game and he needs to get on the same page as Joel Embiid – that’s the recipe for this franchise to thrive.

Kidd is the guy who can expedite that “process.”

Best Bet
  • Jason Kidd
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