Could Brett Brown Be in Contention for Coach of the Year?
After Tuesday Night's win over the Hornets, the Sixers are currently Sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-28 record and only two games behind the Cavaliers who are currently the three seed. The 76ers are third in the NBA in Assists Per Game (25.7) while tied for fifth in Defensive Rating (103.3) and tenth in Field Goal Percentage (46.8%). Over the last three seasons under Head Coach Brett Brown the team has increased their win totals from 10 to 28 to now 35 and counting. Also under Brown the team has become more efficient defensively each season as "The Process" has taken the next step this year.
NJ Advance Media Sixers Beat Reporter Zack Rosenblatt joined The Sports Bash on Wednesday discussing the job Brett Brown has done with the 76ers:
“He probably had the worst record to start his career (as a head Coach) in NBA history and wasn’t for any fault of his own and the team always played hard despite all of that. Now he has them playing well, a lot of that has to do with Joel Embiid being in the lineup but even he struggled a little bit (Tuesday) night and the game he missed before the All-Star break that they won. Obviously the ‘Fire Brett Brown’ stuff is ridiculous, he’s done a great job; If they’re the three seed by the end of the year I think it would be insane for Brett Brown not to be in the top three for Coach of the Year – Just consider everything they have been through: the vast improvement from last year, how they have done this year, I think he almost deserves more credit. And you see every time (Sixers) sign these guys like (Ersan) Ilyasova and (Marco) Belinelli and even saw a quote from JJ Redick about wanting to stay here…they always reference how they want to play for Brett Brown, he is so well liked around the league.”
Checkout what Rosenblatt had to say about Robert Covington, Markelle Fultz, and more Sixers talk