The NBA’s Next Generation of Coaches is Here
by Jon Weisman, ESPN’s senior NBA writerThe future of NBA coaching is finally here.
The future of the NBA coaching profession looks like this.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers will become the first major NBA franchises to employ five coaches in one season since the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks did so in 2002.
That’s right, this isn’t a story about a franchise with a single head coach.
This is a story of five teams — the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors — working with a coach for the first time since 2007.
The Cleveland coaching staff is the most notable addition of the new regime.
They’re the first full-time coaching staffs to work together since the New York Knicks hired Mike D’Antoni as their head coach in 2011 and Miami hired Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach last year.
Both of those teams have been in the top three in points per game (2.9) and field goal percentage (50.9 percent).
It will be a tough road for Cleveland to finish first in points allowed and third in field goal percentages, but this new coaching staff will give the Cavaliers a lot to work on.
The new head coaches will be in their third season in the NBA and have experience in the league.
They’ve also been working together since 2011, when the Celtics hired Phil Jackson as their coach and he coached them for four seasons.
Jackson’s coaching background and experience should make this a great fit.
The Cavs also have veteran players in Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
It’s no secret that this is a big rebuilding project for the Cavs.
The team is currently in the middle of a rebuild and has a roster that could be in the bottom 10 in points scored, defensive rating and defensive efficiency.
The Celtics are also in the midst of a rebuilding project.
They have one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference.
This coaching staff has the potential to make them better.
They will also help the Cavaliers build off of a promising first half of the season.
This will be their best start since the 2015-16 season.
Celtics’ coach, Brad Stevens, has been an assistant coach in the past with the New Jersey Nets, Brooklyn Nets and New York Nets during his four seasons in Brooklyn.
Stevens was hired by the Cavaliers after his tenure with the Nets ended.
The Nets made the playoffs for the third straight season and reached the Eastern Final in the 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Raptors, on the other hand, were swept by the Knicks in the 2016 NBA Finals.
It was a brutal season for the Raptors.
The Warriors hired head coach Mark Jackson in 2013 after serving as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets for the past four seasons and winning the 2016-17 NBA Championship.
He was the head basketball coach of Golden State’s Golden State team that won the 2017 NBA Finals, but it was his coaching style that had some fans upset.
In Jackson’s first season as head coach, Golden State went 23-10 and made the NBA Finals the next season.
The Warriors went on to make the playoffs the next two seasons before falling in the second round to the Utah Jazz in the 2017 Western Conference Finals.
Jackson has the talent to be a great coach and has worked with some of the best players in the world.
The Cavaliers have been trying to build their roster around the young players that Jackson has coached, but the rebuilding process has been taking a toll on the organization.
They lost two key pieces in guard Kevin Love and guard Dion Waiters.
The Cavaliers have struggled to fill out their roster and were dealt three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.
They’ll need to rebuild to compete in the East and make the postseason again.
Jackson is a very high-energy person who can be very direct and has been a mentor to young players.
He’s not afraid to speak his mind.
His relationship with James Harden is another example of his approach.
The new coaching regime will have to be ready for the new environment.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need to be on the fast track to competing again and make a run at a title.