1. Doc Rivers
Rivers checks a ton of different boxes in the coaching world. He was a second-round pick in 1983 who became an All-Star in 1988. The 6’4 guard played 13 years in the NBA before going into coaching. Rivers is an NBA lifer with 24 seasons as a head coach, including nine with the Celtics.
Rivers led Boston to their last championship in 2008. He made it back to the NBA Finals in 2010 before falling to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The veteran coach has been in the playoffs 19 times and has seen it all on the NBA floor.
He is currently working as a commentator for ESPN. It will be his first season without a head coaching gig since 1999. Rivers coached the MVP last season and helped Joel Embiid take his game to new heights. He has been on the wrong end of some playoff collapses, but Doc deserves credit for his many successes.
The Boston Celtics will have several options if they decide to move on from head coach Joe Mazzulla during the season. Brad Stevens and the front office have built a championship roster. It is on the players and coaches to bring the championship back to Beantown. If Mazzulla is struggling, the Celtics might move on and open up the most desired job in the coaching landscape. Stay tuned to see how it plays out.