Should the Sixers have pursued Billy Donovan more?
Well, you can officially eliminate Billy Donovan for the Sixers’ vacant head coach position.
Billy Donovan seemed to be the popular name in Philly in the search for a new head coach. With a championship resume in college, as well as how well he coached this young OKC team to a post season run; Donovan could have been a quality hire for the Sixers.
But, he was just one of the few coaches on the Sixers radar.
Looking at Donovan’s Resume
in 400 games, Billy Donovan has a 243-157 record, (60.8 W/L%). Donovan spent all five of his years in the NBA coaching for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder made the playoffs all five years. A key note is that he coached players to the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul.
So for the crowd that believes the Sixers need a coach that can handle superstar talent and personalities; Donovan certainly checks that box off. As the common trait Elton Brand appears to be looking for in a coach is someone who can properly manage Simmons and Embiid. Lucky for the Sixers, there are a few other candidates that have a good track record in that department.
What does this mean for the Sixers?
Rather than listing all the reasons the Sixers missed out on Billy Donovan, lets go over what this means for the immediate future. Something to keep an eye on is the Al Horford connection. For one Donovan coached Horford at Florida when they went on to win the National Championship.
If you’re catching my drift, perhaps the Sixers look to dump Horford back to his old coach in Chicago. After all, Marc Eversley who is formerly from the Sixers front office, might be intrigued to bring in Horford. That is wishful thinking at least. But, Horford could be the perfect veteran big man to help grow the young back court in Chicago.
We will never know if Donovan would have been the right coach here in Philly. However, with this news, there could be some Sixers news on the horizon. Stay tuned!
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Mandatory Credit: Forbes