Indiana Pacers: 3 coaching candidates to avoid if Nate Bjorkgren is fired

Nate Bjorkgren, Indiana Pacers - Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Brett Brown, Indiana Pacers
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Coach to avoid for the Indiana Pacers if Nate Bjorkgren is fired: Brett Brown

Former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown deserves a lot of credit for supervising the infamous “The Process” era, but he absolutely failed to connect the dots between his star players and formulate a winning formula that maximizes their strengths to inch towards a title, which led to his ouster.

His coaching tenure with the Sixers is hoarded with puzzling team inconsistencies. When Philly carved itself into contention starting in 2017-18, the team lacked a real identity. Some of his lowlights include: his inability to get Ben Simmons comfortable in the half-court, his blunder with incorporating Jimmy Butler, his penchant for utilizing Joel Embiid as a floor-spacer and the team’s lack of acuity with winning on the road.

His Sixers teams were above-average on defense, but aside from the point-preventing end, there’s no evidence or precedent that the Indiana Pacers can improve with him on the sidelines. While his development program and connection with young players is worth a second look, his on-court struggles similarly demand the same.

Sure, Brett Brown may be to Philadelphia what Mark Jackson was for Golden State, but if so, then the Pacers brass will be wise to seek for greener pastures. There’s a reason why the latter is still not a coaching a team in the NBA. In all likelihood, we can also say the same for the Brown.