A few weeks ago former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said on a radio show that he will not be returning to the sidelines this season. Now we may have some insight on why he chose to stay away from both the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets:
NBC Sr. NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy spoke to @StashowerShow regarding Clippers & Nets head coaching vacancies: “The problem in both of those jobs is while on they are the 2 most talented teams that have jobs available at this point, I think both of those rosters are a little bit overrated at the same time. I’m not sure either one of those teams are ready as they are currently made up, I don’t think either one of them are ready to contend to get to the Finals,”
While I think his analysis is spot on about the Nets, the same can’t be said for the Clippers. Hiring Stan Van Gundy would all but guarantee that Chris Paul would return to the Clips so that gives you the best point guard in the world. Pair him alongside a 24 year old top ten power forward in Blake Griffin and that’s a formidable pair. The pieces after that are a bit rough, but they’re manageable. You have your offense off the bench in Jamal Crawford, raw defensive center in DeAndre Jordan and trade piece in Eric Bledsoe. Even Caron Butler is a solid piece if you aren’t asking him to do too much a night.
But Van Gundy’s opinion of the team being “overrated” has more to do with what you think the ceiling is for this bunch. Is this a championship squad? Of course not and if you think so then you’re one of the ones overrating the team. But if the chips fall, the right coach could get this team to the Western Conference finals.