While Mike Dunlap couldn't get it done as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, the team is looking for someone who can get them back to the playoffs.
Position: Head Coach
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Bobcats are a team entering only its 10th year in the NBA. We came into the league as an expansion team in 2004, and have since made the playoffs once. This occurred during the 2009-10 season, the only season we ever finished with a winning record.
The Bobcats are currently searching for a new coach after firing Mike Dunlap, our most recent head coach, on April 23.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Assess the current talent on the roster: As we are constantly looking for fresh, young talent to bring to our team, the current roster must be evaluated. There are very few guaranteed positions on the team for next year, including Kemba Walker at point guard and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward. Besides those two players, the rest of the talent needs to be evaluated, especially the power forward and shooting guard positions.
- Help Kidd-Gilchrist and Walker grow: Without a doubt, Kidd-Gilchrist and Walker are the two brightest stars on the team, and we are looking for a coach who can help groom them into bona fide stars. Kidd-Gilchrist just completed his rookie year out of Kentucky, but averaged nine points per game. At only 19, the young small forward has endless potential to be a star in this league. Walker needs an equal amount of attention at 23. Walker is the team's best player, and averaged over 17 points per game this season. However, Walker needs to learn to spread the ball around more if he wants to be a standout point guard in this league.
- Help the general manager and owner in the NBA draft: The fastest way for the Bobcats to grow as an organization is by selecting new talent in the NBA Draft this June. We have a 19.9-percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick in this years draft, if not the No. 2 pick. No matter the pick order, we need a coach who can work with our front office to select the right player for our future. Possible candidates for the top two selections include Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Victor Oladipo and Ben McLemore.
- Make moves in free agency: With just about $2.5 million in cap space heading into the offseason, and DeSagana Diop, Josh McRoberts and Reggie Williams leaving via free agency, we are looking for a coach who will work with management to make a splash in free agency. While we won't likely be able to sign any major players with a lack of cap room, small acquisitions are necessary to improving this team.
- Address the power forward position: Perhaps the biggest position of need on our team currently, a head coaching candidate must have a plan to address our power forward position. This year's starter, McRoberts, is an unrestricted free agent. However, McRoberts only averaged six points and five rebounds per game this season after coming over from the Orlando Magic. While McRoberts had several career highs between Charlotte and Orlando, McRoberts will likely not be our starter next season. Bismack Biyombo is our center, but another big man is needed to complement Biyombo in the paint.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Prior experience coaching an NBA team: As we are a generally inexperienced team, we are looking for a coach with prior NBA head coaching experience to lead us into the future. Candidates lacking this experience would likely hold our team back from improving.
- An eye for talent: As previously mentioned, we are looking to bring a new look to our team. This requires weeding through older talent to determine which players deserve to be on our team going forward.
Should Charlotte's next coach have previous NBA head coaching experience?
- Strong communication skills: As we are owned by Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player in history, excellent communication with him, along with the rest of management, is necessary. Mr. Jordan has taken a more hands-off approach with the team recently, but constant communication is required to build a healthy and successful team.
- Knowledge of the Charlotte Hornets: Prior to returning to Charlotte as the Bobcats, our franchise was previously known as the Charlotte Hornets. Now that the New Orleans Hornets have changed their name to the Pelicans, we plan on switching our name back to the Hornets. This will bring in older fans, requiring any candidate to have a knowledge of our previous teams.