Let's Set Odds: Who Will Be the Nets' Next Head Coach?

Oct 26, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash calls a play in the
Oct 26, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash calls a play in the / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Brooklyn Nets reportedly plan to hire Ime Udoka as their next head coach, moving their NBA Championship odds to +1300 at FanDuel.

After a summer-long power struggle with Kevin Durant, Steve Nash and Joe Tsai – as well as a 2-5 start to the season – the Nets have parted ways with Nash. 

Nash went 94-67 as the head coach of the Nets, coaching them to two playoff appearances and one playoff series win. 

Durant had called for Nash’s job in the summer, but Tsai opted to go into the season standing pat. However, with a poor start and a championship window closing by the day, a move needed to be made to revive hope in Brooklyn. 

Jacque Vaughn will be the interim head coach, but the Nets are expected to interview plenty of candidates to have the full-time role. 

With the search about to begin, let’s set odds for who will be the Nets’ next head coach. 

Odds for Nets Next Coach

Ime Udoka (+150)

Udoka was an assistant coach in Brooklyn prior to leading the Celtics to the Finals last season. Although he is suspended by the Celtics, Boston has said that it wouldn’t stand in the way of Udoka getting another job. 

He's also the reported "strong frontrunner" via The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Due to his history with the organization, Udoka provides some sense of continuity and has shown the ability to open a championship window with high-level players. If Boston truly won’t stand in the way, Brooklyn’s first call will likely be Udoka.

Jacque Vaughn (+400)

While it’s probably unlikely that Kevin Durant wants any part of Steve Nash’s resume to continue having control over the team, there is a chance that Vaughn could succeed and turn the Nets’ season around. Brooklyn has had a tough schedule to open the season. If the Nets can go on a run or even have decent playoff success, Vaughn will have first hand experience that could lead him to this job. 

Quinn Snyder (+600) 

All the speculation around Snyder has been that he’s waiting to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs. However, if the opportunity to coach Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving comes calling, it might be hard to turn that down. 

Snyder, while the Jazz were devoid of championship success, led Utah to plenty of winning. Right now, he would provide stability and a proven voice that Brooklyn can trust and follow. 

Mike D’Antoni (+850)

D’Antoni stepped down as one of Steve Nash’s assistants at the end of the 2020-21 season, but a reunion could always be in the works. If D’Antoni wants to get back on the sidelines and run things himself, the Nets could be a good spot for him to step him, have elite talent and run a high-powered offense into the playoffs. 

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.

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