Brett Brown has been head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers throughout the whole process, is the the right man to lead the 76ers into the future?
Brett Brown has, surprisingly, lasted this long with the Philadelphia 76ers. I, for one, thought he would’ve been let go after the disastrous 10-72 season. The Australian has shown his ability to groom and improve young players, but he has no experience in the playoffs as a head coach.
Despite this, Brown is an graduate from Greg Popovich’s coaching team. We’ve seen fellow graduate Mike Budenholzer succeed tremendously with the Atlanta Hawks, perhaps when the Philadelphia 76ers are ready Brown could provide the same success. After all, he did learn from one of, if not the best coaches in NBA history.
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Prior to joining the 76ers in August 2013, Brett Brown coached the North Melbourne Giants in Australia. He then worked alongside Greg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs. Brown was first offered an unpaid role with the Spurs for the 1998-99 season, he then worked his way up through the ranks.
So far with the 76ers, Coach Brown hasn’t been given a chance to truly show his skills as a head coach. Unlike fellow Spurs coaching graduate Mike Budenholzer, Brown inherited a team in a total rebuilding mode. Despite this, Brown has shown his ability to groom young players and make NBA outsiders proven NBA role players.
There are many examples of the growth in players. Beginning with Robert Covington, he went from being known as just a 3-point shooter, who went undrafted, to becoming one of the most underrated two-way players in the league.
Richaun Holmes is another example of Brown’s coaching expertise. The former Bowling Green man was drafted in the second round and didn’t get much of a look in until the end of last season. Since Nerlens Noel was traded at the trade deadline, Holmes has stepped up big time, averaging 13.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, undrafted T.J. McConnell has…