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If you asked fans of the Los Angeles Lakers where they’d rank Mike D’Antoni among the league’s best coaches, the 62-year-old would probably find himself sat at number 30 out of a possible 30.
However, according to ESPN’s Forecast panel, D’Antoni is the 20th-best head coach in the Association.
ESPN asked their Forecast panel to rate every coach from zero to 10. From there, the outlet “calculated the ratings to determine the best and worst coaches in the NBA.”
D’Antoni ended up with a rating of 4.82, putting him ahead of the likes of Orlando’s Jaque Vaughn, Denver’s Brian Shaw, New York’s Mike Woodson and former Lakers employee turned Cleveland coach Mike Brown.
Detroit’s interim head coach John Loyer came in last at number 30 with a rating of 3.08.
San Antonio’s Gregg Popvich came in first with a rating of 9.70, while Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau was second (9.12), Doc Rivers of the Clippers was third (8.56), Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was fourth (8.38) and Indiana’s Frank Vogel rounded out of the top five (8.18).
As for D’Antoni, his coaching future with the Lakers is currently in jeopardy.
According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, the purple and gold may bring back D’Antoni next season, though it’s important to note that no decision has yet been made by Lakers management and they plan to huddle at the end of the year and will then make a decision on D’Antoni’s future.