12 candidates rumored to replace Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
Quin Snyder’s departure may have seemed sudden, but the Utah Jazz will be in no rush to replace him.
“We will take our time. We have to get it right,” team owner Ryan Smith said during Snyder’s farewell press conference this week.
“We have big shoes to fill,” added team CEO Danny Ainge.
And who could fill them, as the Jazz conduct their first coaching search in eight years?
“I have my ideas, but we really haven’t discussed them internally with the rest of the staff or with Ryan,” Ainge said. “… I have a few [in mind], but I’m not even sure I know them well enough to give you their names. But this is the very beginning of the process.
Here’s the all-in-one scouting report on everyone who’s been named in relation to the job so far, plus online bookies’ odds that they’ll, ultimately, be the next head coach. Jazz.
Johnnie Bryant: 3/1
• Current New York Knicks assistant head coach
• Former player development assistant, then Utah Jazz assistant coach
• Played college basketball at the University of Utah
Johnnie Bryant is a top contender for Jazz, thanks to his ties to Utah, and perhaps more importantly, Donovan Mitchell. Bryant was Mitchell’s closest assistant coach during his time with the Jazz, helping him become the player he is today. But Bryant lacks any real head coaching experience and isn’t widely regarded as an X’s and Bones’ guru. Hiring highly experienced assistants alongside Bryant could minimize those resume shortfalls.
Terry Stott: 7/2
• Former head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 2012 to 2021
• Former head coach at Milwaukee and Atlanta in the mid-2000s
• Played as a striker in Europe and at the ABC, partly under head coach George Karl
Terry Stotts is a well-respected coach who has experience with great goaltenders. In his time with Damian Lillard, Stotts took the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals once, although the team was held to first-round exits in four of his first five years. Stotts is generally well-liked by the players he has coached and is considered to have a strong X and Os spirit, although a limited roster has prevented the Blazers from achieving real conflict. Stotts also spent time with the Jazz last year, mostly as an observer – people like him here.
Frank Vogel: 6/1
• Former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers
• Led the Lakers to the NBA title in the 2020 Bubbles season and the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals
• In eighth grade, continued Late night with David Letterman, showing off his skill at spinning a basketball on a toothbrush while brushing his teeth.
Vogel has had more championship success than anyone on this list, with the caveat that he came with stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the lead. Vogel’s Lakers final season went less smoothly as their team caught fire in a dysfunction, but he’s still a well-regarded NBA head coach, first on defense, with experience across the full spectrum of the game. basketball.
• Current Jazz assistant coach
• Former G-League Coach of the Year with Canton Charge in 2013
• Started for the University of Utah under Rick Majerus in the team’s title game in 1998
Jensen is highly regarded in the league as an assistant coach, beginning his Jazz tenure under Ty Corbin before being embraced by Snyder for his entire eight-year run. Jensen rose through the ranks, thanks in large part to his solid knowledge of the Xs and Bones. He also has a very close relationship with All-NBA center Rudy Gobert, who could work with him — or against him, should Gobert be traded.
Mike D’Antoni: 7/1
• Former head coach of the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets
• Currently coaching advisor for the New Orleans Pelicans
• Became Olimpia Milano’s all-time top scorer during his illustrious Italian career
D’Antoni has moved basketball forward at least twice: once as coach of the Phoenix Suns, when his “Seven Seconds or Less” strategy lifted the NBA out of the post-Jordan slump. Then, in Houston, D’Antoni’s James Harden-centric strategy changed the way you could rely on a star offensively. Could he also do something uniquely effective with the Jazz? It might be worth talking to him to find out what he has in mind.
Charles Lee 8/1
• Current assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks
• Former Atlanta Hawks assistant coach, also managed by Mike Budenholzer
• 37, played at international level for four seasons before starting his coaching career at Bucknell
Lee is a highly regarded young assistant coach who was also interviewed by the Los Angeles Lakers for their vacant coaching position before leaving with fellow Bucks assistant Darvin Ham. He was also a contender for New Orleans and Washington in the 2021 offseason. “I’m a big ‘power of positivity’ guy,” Lee told The Athletic. “Daily improvement – how can we ensure we are making every day count?” You might have thought that quote came from Snyder himself.
Adrian Griffin 9/1
• Current Toronto Raptors assistant coach
• NBA winger for the Celtics, Mavericks, Rockets, Bulls and Sonics during a 10-year NBA career
• Father of Duke star AJ Griffin
Griffin has been on the verge of being an NBA head coach long enough that he was interviewed for the Jazz job when it opened in 2014. He was an assistant for the Bulls then and also coached at Oklahoma City. and Orlando before joining the Raptors staff in 2018. In 2020, Griffin’s ex-wife accused him of domestic violence in a series of social media posts; in 2021, Griffin sued his ex-wife for defamation. This case is still ongoing.
Dell Demp: 9/1
• Current Utah Jazz assistant coach under Snyder
• Former head of basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010 to 2019
• Played three years in the NBA, for the Warriors, Spurs and Magic
During Monday’s press conference, Ainge said they could consult with Snyder about the next coach. Demps was chosen by Snyder to be one of his assistants and, by all accounts, did well in the role. Demps has also been named as a possible addition to new rookie Tim Connolly’s front office with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Will Hardy: 9/1
• Current Boston Celtics assistant coach
• Former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and video coordinator
• On the staff of the USA squad at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
At just 34 years old, Hardy would be one of the youngest head coaches in NBA history. But the San Antonio pipeline has proven successful, and Hardy is a promising assistant. “It was always about being altruistic. Coach Pop always says, ‘Get a hold of yourself. It’s not about you. Nobody is bigger than that and it goes from him all the way down,” Hardy told a coaching panel in 2020.
Jerome Allen: 14/1
• Current Detroit Pistons assistant coach, former Boston Celtics assistant coach under Brad Stevens
• Former head coach of the University of Pennsylvania
• Played two seasons with the Pacers and Nuggets before a 12-year international career
Known for his unique background, Allen lived with 18 relatives in a five-bedroom house in Philadelphia growing up. But he’s also been sanctioned by the NCAA, receiving a 15-year penalty from the organization in 2020 that will likely bar him from working in the college ranks. Allen held a 65-104 record with the Penn Quakers during his six-year tenure as head coach.
Kevin Young: 14/1
• Current Phoenix Suns assistant coach, former 76ers assistant
• Former D-League Utah Flash and Iowa Energy head coach
• Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, married in 2011 at the Salt Lake LDS Temple
Young was a finalist for the Washington Wizards head coach job in 2021, but rose through the ranks of the Suns bench last season to take on an “associate coach” role. At 40, Young is known for his work ethic, and his local connections — Young also spent a year as an assistant coach at Utah Valley University — are only likely to help.
• Current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
• Former head coach of the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies
• Former Hawks, Warriors and Heat assistant
Fizdale isn’t on betting lists for the Jazz job, but NBA reporter Marc Stein mentioned Fizdale as a possible candidate on Monday. “There have also been rumblings for months emanating from Salt Lake City that Jazz Minority owner Dwyane Wade may be pushing the team to consider Lakers assistant coach Fizdale for the job,” Stein–Fizdale wrote. coached Wade for nearly a decade in Miami. Fizdale is well regarded by players, but holds a 71-134 record as an NBA head coach.