So, Mike D’Antoni has been given permission to talk to New York and Chicago about their coaching openings. Chicago would seem to make the most sense of the two, given their young, athletic core of Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah. They don’t have a great ball handler who could do what Steve Nash has done so well in Phoenix, but with that young core and a good draft pick this year D’Antoni could almost certainly recreate the offensive magic he had in Phoenix.
However, there is another team out there that could make even more sense. The Atlanta Hawks. I know, it seems like Mike Woodson should get at least another year after the Hawks managed to push the Celtics to a 7th game. However, his contract is up, Atlanta’s GM has tried to fire him multiple times and in his four year of coaching the Hawks he has a dismal 106-222 record. Meanwhile, the Hawks roster is ideal for D’Antoni, with tons of young talent, incredibly athletes and a good point guard in Mike Bibby. Joe Johnson, the Hawks best player, flourished under D’Antoni in Phoenix, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams are the type of long, athletic swingmen who would create matchup nightmares in an open, fastbreaking system and Al Horford would give D’Antoni one of the best and most mobile young centers in the game. The only thing they lack is a top notch three point shooter, but that could be easily remedied.
Toronto is the other option, and D’Antoni would fit in great there too, with Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon, but Atlanta seems like a logical place to land. Plus, the young Hawks would get a great coach and instantly become the most exciting team in the league.