Atlanta Hawks: 3 potential coaching candidates to replace Lloyd Pierce

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Atlanta Hawks coaching candidate No. 1) Nate McMillan

As the interim head coach, McMillan has a potential leg up on the rest of the competition. He has been there since the start of the season and has already had months of developing relationships with the current roster.

Since he took over, McMillan has a 2-0 record, however, it is not wise to get too excited about the early record of a new coach given that most teams win games straight after a coaching change. McMillan also had the benefit of getting Bogdan Bogdanovic back for these two games.

What McMillan does have is a tremendous level of experience as a head coach. In 19 years he has coached 1,249 NBA games with a 52.9 percent winning record. He had five seasons with the now-defunct Seattle Supersonics, seven with the Portland Trail Blazers, and four with the Indiana Pacers.

His time with the Pacers showed why he is a really good candidate to coach this Hawks team. He had Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner as a frontcourt which is similar to John Collins and Clint Capela. He was able to make that dynamic work which means he could really unlock the real potential of the Hawks frontcourt. This would make them one of the most dangerous teams in the entire league.