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NBA Trade Rumors: Ranking the 5 teams with coaching vacancies on how they fit with Mike D'Antoni's style

Rupam Nag
Modified 14 Sep 2020, 11:42 IST

#3 Philadelphia 76ers

Boston Celtics barely had to sweat to sweep the 76ers
Boston Celtics barely had to sweat to sweep the 76ers

A supremely talented set of individuals who just haven't clicked as a unit is the perfect way to define the Philadelphia 76ers. In Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the 76ers have two of the best players in the NBA, but they haven't worked out together well enough just yet. The current roster that they have isn't the perfect Mike D'Antoni squad by any means, but he could certainly work with it.

D'Antoni should be able to use Al Horford a lot better than Brett Brown could, and Tobias Harris too shall benefit from his arrival and get much easier buckets on the offensive end.

However, just how Mike D'Antoni will figure out the Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid dilemma remains a matter up for debate. Moreover, amidst NBA trade rumors that the 76ers could be open to trading one or both of them, D'Antoni might not be the best choice to fill the vacancy.

#2 New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson could develop nicely with D
Zion Williamson could develop nicely with D'Antoni

Albeit similar to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the sense that they are building for the future, the New Orleans Pelicans are much closer to contending than the Thunder are.


The Pelicans have a number of youngsters who have a very high ceiling, including All-Star Brandon Ingram, expert playmaker Lonzo Ball, and the generational talent Zion Williamson.

On paper, Mike D'Antoni with Zion Williamson seems like a combination that could potentially be deadly. An elite defensive guard like Jrue Holiday would fit in perfectly with the way Mike D'Antoni sets his teams up to play, and a sharpshooter like JJ Redick would balance things nicely.

D'Antoni with the New Orleans Pelicans isn't a bad fit at all, and could be well worth a try.

#1 Indiana Pacers

Turner was excellent in the playoffs
Turner was excellent in the playoffs

The Indiana Pacers relieved coach Nate McMillan of his duties after he failed to stop the franchise from getting swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. McMillan had created a deep roster with well-rounded players who played great basketball at times, but the team didn't have enough vigour to go up against the best teams in the NBA.

Still, the current Indiana Pacers team is extremely promising with players like TJ Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Myles Turner, among others.

Turner, in particular, could be great with D'Antoni, as he can space the floor pretty well. He shot over 40% from three while averaging 4 blocks a game in the series against the Miami Heat. Add to that a playmaking forward like Sabonis, and Mike D'Antoni could do wonders with this squad.

We look forward to bringing you more NBA trade rumors regarding Mike D'Antoni's future.

Also Read: NBA Trade Rumors: Detroit Pistons need to demand Kyle Kuzma for Derrick Rose

Published 14 Sep 2020, 11:42 IST
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