The Philadelphia 76ers still are in search of their next head coach. There have been numerous high profile candidates linked to the vacancy as potential options — between Billy Donovan, Tyronn Lue, and Mike D’Antoni.
With Donovan already being hired by the Chicago Bulls, the 76ers’ main options appear to be down to Lue and D’Antoni. However, one of name in the running appears to have an edge over the other, at this time.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers’ head coaching vacancy is D’Antoni’s ‘to lose’ as he’s considered the favorite to get the job.
The idea of D’Antoni becoming the next head coach for the 76ers after his stint with the Rockets is fascinating to think about when considering both teams are essentially polar opposites. It would require Philadelphia to make some personnel changes.
The 76ers moved on from a head coach in Brett Brown who frequently tried playing Al Horford alongside Joel Embiid — even with Tobias Harris on the wing. It’s difficult to envision Philadelphia sticking with Horford if D’Antoni were hired, or at least having much of a role.
Not only would personnel choices be impacted with D’Antoni, it’s likely Embiid would play more out in space as opposed to posting up so often — something multiple sources have told me he’s wanted to do fo
There is still a need for the 76ers to interview Tyronn Lue, so it’s not a lock they end up with Mike D’Antoni — even though it appears highly likely, at this point. Regardless, keep an eye on Philadelphia’s ongoing head coach search because it could impact the team’s offseason moves.
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