Philadelphia 76ers: The Head Coaching Vacany Nobody is Talking About

By Ryan Heckman
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

With all of the talk about the many coaching positions available around the NBA, no one seems to be talking about the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether it’s because they have endured early playoff exits recently or don’t necessarily have the roster to compete at the moment, there hasn’t been much buzz.

After Doug Collins stepped down this last season, the 76ers have been in search for their new leader since. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a front runner for the job, but a few names have popped up related to the vacancy.

One of the more popular candidates right now has been current Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw. A long time assistant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaw was at one point considered to replace Phil Jackson but wound up not getting the offer.

At first, Shaw was the favorite to land the job with the Brooklyn Nets. With tons of expereince and one of the more deserving candidates to get a shot at a head coaching gig, Shaw could fit nicely with the team.

Other names tossed around have been that of Jeff Van Gundy and George Karl, though I don’t see the 76ers going after either – hopefully Van Gundy gets picked up, though, for the sake of my alterior motives. At least as of right now, however, there have been no significant sources relating the two coaches to Philadelphia.

Current 76ers assistant Michael Curry is one of the more likely prospects for the position. He did not fare well with the Detroit Pistons, but is well-liked around the Philadelphia organization and has even gotten an endorsement from point guard Jrue Holiday.

Whoever the new coach ends up being, one of the primary goals should be to try and retain center Andrew Bynum. Although the big man failed to play a game last year, the team could strongly use someone of his talent and stature. Paired with Holiday, the two could be a fantastic base to build on in the future.

At the moment, the Nets appear to be working out a deal with Jason Kidd to be their next head coach so it looks like Shaw could be available for the taking. If the 76ers can reach a deal with Shaw somehow, that may wind up being the best scenario for the club.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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