With the 2020-21 NBA season scheduled to start on December 22nd, there have been plenty of headlines before the games actually begin. With a busy free agency period and new hirings, there may be more transitions to come by the end of the upcoming campaign.
Here, we discuss which NBA coaches could be entering the 2020-21 season on the hot seat:
Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards
Since joining Washington in 2016 on a five-year contract, the team has gone 1-2 in playoff series and has missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. While injuries to crucial role players such as John Wall do play a factor, Brooks has not been as efficient as fans had hoped. Last season, the Wizards allowed the second-most points per game (119.1) to opponents.
On the final year of his contract, the addition of Russell Westbrook to pair with Bradley Beal places pressure on Brooks to be successful. Still, there are improvements to be made on defense. The Eastern Conference is finding its way to becoming more competitive, which means the Wizards need to adapt and follow suit.
Luke Walton, Sacramento Kings
Despite former head coach Dave Joerger finishing his 2018-19 stint with the Kings with only 39 wins, that total was higher than any individual season Luke Walton has been apart of since his coaching debut with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016. The Kings were hoping to build off the momentum Joerger permitted, but finished last season with eight fewer wins.
The team hasn’t reached the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons to this point, and have seen their fair share of internal issues involving Buddy Hield. Walton has yet to confirm Hield’s role with the team ahead of the season, as the Kings have been openly exploring trade options. With more theatrics entering the 2020-21 season, Walton could be on the hot seat.