If you have been trying to keep up with the potential candidates for the Philadelphia 76ers‘ head coaching vacancy, the list has ballooned to as large as 12 people. But is all of this just nonsense?
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the only two real candidates the Sixers are deciding between are current assistant coach Michael Curry and San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown.
New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has been very thorough, to say the least, while trying to hire his first head coach. But now that it appears the job will go to one of these two guys very soon, let’s break down both candidates and see how they fit.
Curry has been an assistant under Doug Collins with Philadelphia each of the past few seasons, and he also just finished coaching the summer league team in Orlando. He has a familiarity with the players of this organization, and that might be a good thing to have an established relationship and someone the guys can trust. But it can also be meaningless as it’s safe to assume over 50 percent of this year’s roster will not be on the team come next year.
Curry could also be chosen if the 76ers are fully committed to tanking this year for Andrew Wiggins. They might as well let Curry finish out his contract and if Hinkie likes what he does, he can sign him long term. If not, a core of Wiggins, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams might be enough to attract a big name coach for the 2014 season.
Brown will be the choice if Hinkie sees him as someone who can grow along with this young franchise. Brown has been an assistant under one of the greatest basketball minds of all time in Gregg Popovich and was the head coach of the Australian National Team at the 2012 Olympics. Any time you can get a disciple of ‘Pop’ to coach your team, it is hard to turn that down. But would Brown want to take on such a long rebuilding project or maybe wait until next year for a better job to come around?
The logical way to look at this is if the Sixers hire Curry this year, it is completely a wash and they will be making a huge splash next year in the draft, free agency and with their head coaching hire. If they go with Brown, they are in it for the long haul, and they want Brown to lead this team back to the promise land.