Philadelphia 76ers Should Consider City Six Coaches
Philadelphia 76ers Should Consider City Six Coaches
The Philadelphia 76ers are the only NBA team without a head coach. Every few weeks there are new reports of another candidate. Names have ranged from San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Bret Brown to the latest candidate Portland Trailblazers assistant David Vanterpool. Neither of which has been a definite despite reports from ESPN and Philly.com it will either be Brown or Sixers associate head coach Michael Curry.
If it was Curry or Brown, the Sixers would have made that decision weeks ago. This is why the Sixers should look at some local coaches from the City Six schools.
There are plenty of options in Philadelphia and all who have established themselves with their respective universities and the city.
Selecting a local coach can already give the Sixers a real identity, something this team has lacked since the Larry Brown days. Local fans would already be familiar with names like Fran Dunphy, Jay Wright and Jerome Allen.
No matter who they select, all the coaches on this list would be a good fit for a Sixers team lacking direction.
Honorable mention goes to Philadelphia University head coach Herb Magee. The Hall of Famer and winningest NCAA men’s basketball coach has amassed over 940 wins in his 45 seasons as head coach. The “Shot Doctor” has been credited with improving Charles Barkley, Jameer Nelson and most recently Evan Turner’s shooting. Turner has seen improvements in his three-point, 36.5%, and free throw shooting, 74%, this season. Magee also has NBA experience as a player and he could help with the Sixers’ shooting woes. The biggest question is whether he can handle the stress and high-playing level of coaching the NBA at 72 and experience coaching mostly at the Division II level.
Let’s look at the list in order of who would best fit as Sixers head coach.
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Number 6: Jerome Allen
The sixth best candidate goes to University of Pennsylvania head coach, Jerome Allen. While Allen has been one of the Quakers’ greatest players, his coaching has garnered mixed results. He has a 41-49 record the past three seasons and last season’s has been abysmal.
The former NBA journey man could improve the Sixers in the areas of the biggest areas of need, shooting, rebounding and playmaking, especially with Turner and Michael Carter-Williams. Both could use Allen’s experience in improving their shooting and passing. However, he is still an Ivy League coach and hasn’t quite shown everyone what he can do at a bigger level of competition despite coaching against Villanova, Temple, Duke and Kentucky, all of which has been loses.
Number 5: Phil Martelli
Saint Joseph’s University head coach, Phil Martelli. Martelli has coached some NBA talent including Delonte West and Jameer Nelson since he took over the Hawks bench as well as coached some nationally-ranked teams. However, he’s only had success coaching in a small conference like the A-10 and recently has difficulty dealing with a limited roster, something the Sixers are currently dealing with. Martelli would surely struggle with a band of D-League type players.
Number 4: James "Bruiser" Flint
Drexel University’s James "Bruiser" Flint has done an excellent job bringing the Dragons some recognition. He made Philadelphians acknowledge the city has six major universities with the work he has done in University City. His strict coaching style would shape a Sixers team that could use some discipline and identity. He too doesn’t have much experience coaching outside of smaller programs and he had a down season.
Number 3: Fran Dunphy
Fran Dunphy would seem like an ideal fit after continuing the success of Hall of Fame coach John Chaney at Temple University. He has done an excellent job handing defeats to national powerhouses like Duke and Syracuse. The only thing holding Dunphy back is his terrible tournament record. He has only two wins while coaching Temple in the postseason. That won’t translate well for a Sixers team looking to go far in the playoffs.
Number 2: Jay Wright
Villanova’s Jay Wright can help the Sixers after coaching NBA-level talent to the Final Four a few years ago. He has perennial success in a major conference such as the Big East. Wright could take the Sixers deep into the playoffs with his postseason success. It would be tough to get him to leave his post with Nova considering he would take a step back dealing with the headaches of this Sixers roster.
Number 1: Dr. John Giannini
The best option would be LaSalle University’s Dr. John Giannini. He has brought the Explorers back into prominence and has improved each season he has coached with a limited roster and a small school. Plus, he has coached LaSalle for nearly a decade with his team most recently reaching the sweet sixteen. He could be the Sixers answer since they have similar-style players to what LaSalle has on their roster. Despite receiving an extension, he could bolt LaSalle for bigger things.