2. Sacramento Kings
If any team needs to nail their head coach hire, it’s a Kings squad that has been in the lottery for so long that no active player has matched up against them in the postseason. After one Lakers retread in Luke Walton didn’t work, Sacramento hired another one in Mike Brown.
Brown has proven to be an essential part of what Golden State does, but we’ve seen him fail as a head coach with Cleveland twice (despite having a young LeBron James) in addition to an ill-fated Lakers tenure. What makes Sacramento think that the third time will suddenly be much different?
Adrian Griffin would be better than Mike Brown.
The Kings need to give someone new a shot, as their organizational commitment of hiring coaches who formally had some iota of success is not working. Giving Griffin a team with De’Aaron Fox, Keegan Murray, and Domantas Sabonis could help set the franchise up for a more prosperous future.
Brown is a quality No. 2, but the Kings will likely get the next franchise to get a crash course in why there were more high-ceiling options for their head coaching spot. Griffin wouldn’t exactly have stable ownership, but he’d have some All-Star talent to work with as a rookie coach, which doesn’t always come along.