7. James Borrego
Borrego most recently spent four seasons as head coach for the Charlotte Hornets. His teams went 148-183, but they made two Play-In Tournament appearances, and Borrego unlocked the team’s offense. In his final season, the Hornets finished eighth in offensive rating and fifth in pace.
The 45-year-old became known for his ability to develop talent and his team's overachieved on the offensive end of the floor. If Dallas is looking for an assistant that can take their offense to the next level, Borrego was able to do that in Charlotte.
He comes with a wealth of experience. Borrego played at the University of San Diego before getting into coaching. He was with the Spurs from 2003 to 2010 where he worked as a video coordinator and assistant coach. Borrego returned for a second stint under Gregg Popovich in 2015, and he learned a lot from the legendary coach.
James Borrego had spent every season with an NBA team since 2003, except for the 2022-23 campaign. He worked as an assistant for the Spurs, Magic, and Hornets before getting a shot as a head coach. Borrego took one season off to recharge, but he could be eager to get back on the bench. With just the Pistons head coaching gig open, the 45-year-old could take a job as an assistant as he tries to work his way into a second shot.
James Borrego is known as an offensive coach. He may not be the biggest name, but he did an underrated job in Charlotte, and Borrego could be just what the Dallas Mavericks need.