Jacque Vaughn's second year as Orlando Magic head coach will go down as another bad losing season. Is it fair to grade his success solely based on his win-loss record? What else should we take into account? And how does he fare, all considered?
Orlando's current record of 19-47 (.288 winning percentage) may lead us to the conclusion that Vaughn is a failure as a coach. Then again, a certain Gregg Popovich registered a whopping .266 percent in his first year as the San Antonio Spurs' head coach. He has not gone below .610 in any of his 16 seasons since and will likely stay clear above .700 during this campaign.
Is Vaughn capable of such a feat?
We shall look at many factors in trying to determine his strengths and weaknesses. The current situation is a bit tricky in this regard because Orlando's management actually seems happy with its coach losing so many games. Rob Hennigan is giving Vaughn a lot of time to transform the Magic into a winning franchise once more.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel quotes the GM saying:
We're very proud of the job that Jacque has done. His leadership has set the foundation. He understands the process. He isn't in a rush to skip steps. He's a great teacher. He's done a noteworthy job of being unselfish, realizing we're building for the long haul.
He knew what he was signing up for as I knew what I was signing up for. We believe in the foundation we're establishing.
Then there is the 2014 NBA draft, which is loaded with talent. A top pick surely can go a long way for a successful future.
So is Vaughn trying his best to win games? Or is his main focus developing the young players and estimating their potential, weeding out unneeded personnel and picking up another great prospect along the way?
For the sake of this evaluation, we shall assume the Orlando Magic head coach doesn't flirt with the 2014 draft and tries to win each game.