Nobody has had a tougher job through the process then Sixers head coach Brett Brown. Between facing the media through all of the losing seasons, the constant change of players on the roster, and losing star players for long periods of time due to injury. But, so far this season now with the appropriate talent under him Brett Brown is showing that has what it takes to win games as an NBA head coach. The road to get here has been rough for coach Brown.
Brett Brown’s head coaching record of 75-253 does not tell the true story of his coaching abilities. Brown comes from the Gregg Popovich learning tree where he spent his early coaching career. His stint with the Spurs began in 2002 where he was brought on as the team’s director of player development where his role was to help develop the team’s bench players. Then in 2007 he was offered a job to become an assistant coach under coach Popovich. Following the 2013 season he was offered a position to become the top assistant coach of the Spurs but declined the offer to become the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Coming to Philly he had a huge challenge in front of him with the team completely rebuilding after multiple seasons of mediocrity.
Brown’s first couple of seasons as the head coach of the Sixers were tough for a start of a head coaching career. After multiple agonizing losing seasons fans began to wonder if Brett Brown had what it took to be a head coach in this league but the front office had faith in his abilities and in 2015 Brown signed a multi-year extension to stay the head coach of the Sixers. Fast forward to this season and there is no doubt that the Sixers’ front office made the right decision to keep coach Brown around. 11 games into the season the Sixers are 6-5 and in the playoff picture in the eastern conference. The Sixers also lead the league in rebounds per game, are second in assists per game, and are third in the league in 3 point percentage. With rookie phenom Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid leading the charge of this young Sixers team they look poised to make the playoffs. Coach Brown has been great so far managing the team and keeping them in position to compete on a nightly basis. If the Sixers continue their hot play and turn into a playoff team Brett Brown is a sure fire candidate for Coach of The Year.