Another NBA head coaching cycle has begun, with the Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham highly included. Despite all of his attention and interviews for numerous job positions, no organization has yet to take a risk on him.
So far this year, there have been three opportunities, all of which connect to Ham. The Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and Charlotte Hornets are all seeking a fresh voice. To lead them into the future, and Ham would be a good fit for any of them.
That said, what about Ham’s suitability? We all know he’ll do an excellent job wherever he goes, but which job will place him in the perfect position to thrive while not being a complete disaster?
Organizational competency, roster creation, and pressure will be among my criteria. But first, let’s get some honorable mentions out of the way.
Honorable mentions: Jobs that aren’t now available but may become available in the future
The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, and Philadelphia 76ers are the four clubs in this pile. These are theoretical since there isn’t currently a job opportunity, but one may spring up soon.
With injuries, vaccination regulations, and overall dysfunction, the Nets finished ninth in the Eastern Conference. Outside of the two stars and a handful of supporting players. Steve Nash received a lot of heat during their series with the Boston Celtics, but it’s difficult to place all of the blame on him.
Nash expects to return, which is a wise choice. He’s still a new coach, but the players seem to like him.
Tom Thibodeau is unlikely to be fired in New York, but I’ve never been his fan. The Knicks enjoyed a successful season last year, returning to the playoffs, but have taken a significant step back this season (as Thibodeau-coached teams tend to do). I’d let him leave, but I doubt the Knicks will do so anytime soon.
After another heartbreaking playoff elimination, Utah is in for a disastrous summer. According to reports, Rudy Gobert wants to go, and Donovan Mitchell may be close after. Quin Snyder is to be on his way out (perhaps to the Lakers), so this is an excellent potential opportunity to watch.
Philadelphia is still in the playoffs, but Doc Rivers’ job is in jeopardy after surviving catastrophe in the first round. And facing a 2-0 series hole against the Miami Heat. It is another case where I don’t anticipate him to since they’ll use the “well, Joel Embiid wasn’t healthy” argument, but they’ll surely think about it!
You could also include clubs like the Houston Rockets (Stephen Silas) and Detroit Pistons (Dwane Casey), but you’d have to believe those teams would have opted to let those players go by now.