Wednesday, April 16, 2014
More than a few coaches on hot seat
By ESPN Stats & Information
What NBA coaches are on the hot seat heading into this offseason? The numbers would point to more than a few. (all stats are entering Wednesday night)
Mike Woodson, New York Knicks
The Knicks win percentage dropped from .659 last season to .444 this season. It was the fifth-largest drop by a team this season.
The Knicks were one of the worst defensive teams in the league this season, allowing 106.7 points per 100 possessions, which ranked 24th, a far cry both from last season, when they ranked 16th, and in the 24 games under Woodson during the 2011-12 season, in which they ranked fourth.
Mike D’Antoni, Los Angeles Lakers
D’Antoni has another year on his contract ($4M guaranteed in 2014-15), but the Lakers have a team option for the following season.
D’Antoni’s first full season as a NBA head coach came with the Suns in 2004-05. In four full seasons in Phoenix, he guided the team to a .707 win percentage and two Conference Finals appearances. In six combined seasons with the Knicks (4) and Lakers (2), he’s posted a .424 win percentage while failing to win a playoff game. D’Antoni has a .431 win percentage with the Lakers, the worst by any coach in franchise history (minimum 100 games).
The Lakers will finish with their second-worst win percentage in franchise history - and it's their worst since moving to Los Angeles- surpassed only by the 1957-58 team (.264), and will set a team single-season record for losses.
The Lakers allowed 108.1 points per 100 possessions this season, third-most in the league.
Larry Drew, Milwaukee Bucks
In Larry Drew’s first season in Milwaukee, the Bucks posted a win percentage that ranks by far the worst in franchise history. Their win percentage dropped by more than any team in the NBA.
They became just the fifth team in NBA history to go an entire season without consecutive wins.
Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
This was Mike Brown’s first season with a sub .500 record in his seven seasons as a head coach.
According to Vegas win totals, the Cavaliers over/under entering the season was 40.5. Entering the final night of the regular season, the Cavaliers were 32-49.
Since LeBron James left for South Beach in the summer of 2010, the Cavaliers have posted a league-worst .309 win percentage and have yet to make it back to the playoffs.
Monty Williams, New Orleans Pelicans
In his first season as a NBA head coach in 2010-11, Williams guided New Orleans to a 46-36 record.
But Chris Paul was traded prior to the start of the following season and while the Pelicans continue to improve, they haven’t reached the .500 mark since.
Jacque Vaughn, Orlando Magic
In 2 seasons, Jacque Vaughn has compiled the worst win percentage of any coach in the 25-year history of the Magic franchise (minimum 50 games as head coach).
Tyrone Corbin, Utah Jazz
Corbin took over for Jerry Sloan for the final 28 games of the 2010-11 season.
He’s failed to win a playoff game in his first stint as a NBA head coach, getting swept by the Spurs in his only appearance back in 2011-12. After two seasons with winning records, the Jazz winning percentage dropped by more than 200 points from last season to this season.
Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have missed the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons, the longest active drought in the NBA.
While injuries to Kevin Love are often referred to when it comes to the Timberwolves struggles, they are still below .500 with Love in the lineup over the last three seasons (Adelman’s tenure as coach).