Not including the unknown coaching situations with the Toronto Raptors and the Memphis Grizzlies, there were as many as 10 head coaching vacancies that needed to be filled before the beginning of next season. As of today, five of them have been filled with five left to go.
To give a quick update, Mike Budenholzer has taken over with the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Brown is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jeff Hornacek was hired by the Phoenix Suns, Steve Clifford will coach the Charlotte Bobcats and Mike Malone was hired by the Sacramento Kings. That leaves the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers as the five teams still looking for a new coach.
Of the five, the Sixers might just be the least promising job of all. The Nets have talent and are in win now mode, the Pistons have a foundation in Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight to build around, the Clippers are loaded with talent assuming Chris Paul re-signs and the Bucks have young talent in the frontcourt and need to decide what to do with their three free agent guards.
The Sixers, on the other hand, have a mess of a situation. They have cap room, but they have to decide what to do with Andrew Bynum. They need to decide if Evan Turner is part of the future, and they need to start putting talent around young stars Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young.
The team did a great job by bringing Sam Hinkie in as their general manager as he will be able to make smart personnel decisions going forward. But they have waited too long to hire a head coach. Guys like Malone and Hornacek are now gone and other candidates such as Brian Shaw would much rather have any of the other four vacant jobs. Even in house candidates like Michael Curry are starting to get interviews from other teams. Hinkie better have a plan because the longer he waits, the more skeptical the fans will get.