The Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Frank Vogel on Monday in a move the entire NBA world saw coming weeks ago. The Purple and Gold began 2021-22 with the second best Vegas odds to win the title behind only the Brooklyn Nets before flaming out spectacularly. The Lakers finished the season at a miserable 33-49, missing the play-in and any chance of making noise in the postseason.
Sure, the Purple and Gold had their share of problems. LeBron James and Anthony Davis missed significant time with several minor injuries, Kendrick Nunn was sidelined the entire season with a knee issue, and Russell Westbrook refused to transform into an off-ball asset. Still, Frank Vogel’s rotations made next to no sense, and he reportedly lost his superstar’s respect, making his dismissal justified.
The Lakers are undoubtedly a mess. Going beyond their injury woes, Westbrook’s status for next season is up in the air, and over half the roster will enter the offseason as unrestricted free agents. Despite it all, the Purple and Gold are one of the premier organizations in the NBA, and LeBron James and Anthony Davis are among the most talented duos in the association.
Dozens of head coaches would be thrilled to become the Lakers’ next head coach, but who’s the most qualified candidate?
Below we’ll rank the top-5 head coaching candidates for the Lakers.