For many reasons, it’s not fair to judge the job Doug Collins has done as coach this year. Shorthanded from the start and dealing with a bunch of mismatched parts that never equaled a whole, it’s impressive enough that he hasn’t yet gone into an alcohol-induced rage resulting in carefully monitored psychiatric care.
That said, the moves he has made have been head-scratching at times and outright maddening at others. Inconsistent rotations and minutes distributed have seemed to boggle the players and fans alike. His refusal to allow his young players—notably Arnett Moultrie—to develop remains the elephant on the court.
And he is, in fact, approaching that time in his coaching tenure when either he burns out, his players do, or both. In fact, by watching some of his postgame press conferences, the signs are certainly already there.
As he enters year four of his tenure, the Sixers find themselves basically back to where they were when Collins was first hired. Again, not necessarily DC’s fault, but at this point in the rebuilding process, do they want to stick with him or start fresh?