4. Dave Joerger
Joerger has been coaching in the NBA since 2007, including two previous stints as a head coach. Neither went incredibly well on paper. He did lead the Grizzlies to three straight playoff appearances in his three years as head coach, including reaching the second round in 2015 before losing to the eventual champion Warriors. Joerger left after three years and immediately went to Sacramento where they went 98-148 and failed to make the postseason all three years.
He was fired in 2019 and has been an assistant coach with the 76ers for the last three seasons. Joerger is in a similar spot to where current Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd was when he was hired in Dallas. J-Kidd had some success in his two previous head coaching stints before flaming out in both spots. It took some time and some work as an assistant before he got his third chance in Dallas.
Joerger does not have a Hall of Fame playing resume or the championship as an assistant coach. The 49-year-old played in college before jumping directly into coaching.
Dave Joerger is an underrated head coaching candidate that has experience getting the most out of his teams. He had Sacramento two wins from being .500 with Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, and a 21-year-old De’Aaron Fox as their leading scorers. Joerger deserves another shot.