Top Four NBA Head Coaches On The Hot Seat
As each season passes by in the NBA, teams are always looking to improve or move on from their current situations. That leads to a ton of roster turnaround and most importantly, head coaching changes. We can expect similar results in this offseason with a few head coaches on the hot seat after unsuccessful seasons. We kick off our list in Milwaukee.
Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Budenholzer started off his career with the Milwaukee Bucks on a great note. However, the past few seasons the team has sputtered out in the postseason, resulting in multiple early round exits despite having Giannis Antetokounmpo on his roster. His style of coaching has allowed Milwaukee to be great at defending the rim but horrific at defending the three-point line, something that a lot of teams love to shoot more of nowadays. If Budenholzer isn’t able to get his team farther than he did the past two seasons, then we can see a new head man in Milwaukee next season.
Luke Walton, Sacramento Kings
Luke Walton is one of the most obvious head coaches on this list. Many people were confused and shocked at the hiring of Walton to the Sacramento Kings in the first place, especially after the team outperformed expectations in the previous year led by a breakout season from Buddy Hield. Now, Walton hasn’t been able to do much of anything with that breakout year. He is struggling to set his rotations game to game and hasn’t been able to consistently win games the past two years now. The Kings are a team that is known for flipping through head coaches quickly, and if Walton can’t put together a few positives before this season closes, he could be out of a job.
Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards
Scott Brooks was the head coach on the Washington Wizards team that was able to win 49 games and make it to the second round of the playoffs. However, the team has declined every year since then. Not only that, but he is currently in the last year of his contract which makes it very easy for the organization to move on from the coach. Although, Brooks may not be the main culprit of the Wizards struggles, as John Wall has struggled with injuries before the team shipped him off earlier in the year. Now the team is rebuilding with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook along with their past two draftees, Brooks may not be a part of that plan anymore.
Lloyd Pierce, Atlanta Hawks
Lloyd Pierce has been able to see some terrific improvement from his Atlanta Hawks compared to last season but that doesn’t mean that he will retain his position as head coach. The team didn’t live up to expectations in the first year, so they then went on a massive spending spree in free agency to attempt to get themselves back into the postseason. That payoff is yet to be seen, with the Hawks in the middle of the rankings and boasting one of the worst defensive units in the league. Not to mention the fact that Pierce and Trae Young haven’t necessarily gotten along so far, with some disparity coming between the two when Pierce didn’t disagree with Young not making Team USA.