What to Expect from the NBA's 2nd-Year Coaches

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What to Expect from the NBA's 2nd-Year Coaches

Last season, the NBA received an influx of new coaching talent. Nine first-year head coaches entered the league, and now with one season under their belts, it's time to see what year two holds.

Only three of these second-year coaches will be returning to playoff teams. Steve Clifford in Charlotte, Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and Dave Joerger in Memphis will all be trying to reach the postseason once again. Jason Kidd, who guided the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs, will try to do so with his new team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

For the rest of the coaches, it's time for their teams to show some improvement. Coaching leashes seem to get shorter and shorter by the year in the NBA, and so the second season is critical both to a coach's reputation and his future job security.

With all that in mind, let's break down what to expect from all nine of these coaches in their second years in the league.



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