(*) Veteran execs: Born before 1963 (Rick Sund, Danny Ainge, Rod Higgins, John Paxson, Gar Forman, Donnie Nelson, Donnie Walsh, Mike Dunleavy, Mitch Kupchak, Chris Wallace, Pat Riley, John Hammond, David Kahn, Jeff Bower, Glen Grunwald, Ed Stefanski, Geoff Petrie, Kevin O'Connor and Ernie Grunfeld). / Young execs: Born in or after 1963 (Danny Ferry, Billy King, Chris Grant, Tim Connelly, Joe Dumars, Bob Myers, Daryl Morey, Neil Olshey, Gary Sacks, John Hollinger, Sam Presti, Rob Hennigan, Steve Kerr, Lance Blanks, Ryan McDonough, Pete D'Alessandro and Bryan Colangelo).
Rookie head coaches replacing familiar faces
Thirteen NBA teams have made head coaching changes this offseason. The number is unusually high... and also very uncommon is the fact that most positions have been filled by people with no previous head coaching experience in the NBA. Between 2008-09 and 2012-13, only 18 of the 45 jobs (40 percent) that became available went to the hands of rookies. This offseason eight of the 12 new gigs (66.6 percent) have been filled by rooks – leaving veterans like George Karl, Doug Collins or Lionel Hollins unemployed. The Sixers have yet to hire their man. Most of the candidates are assistants who have never held a head coaching job in the NBA before.
This massive change on NBA benches comes on the heels of similar changes in front offices. In the previous five seasons, old and young* general managers were hiring rookie head coaches at a similar rate (42.8 percent vs. 37.5 percent). With young analytic-centric executives taking over multiple top decision-making positions recently and often gambling on up-and-coming assistants, the trend has been altered.
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