We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate every owner, basketball decision-maker and coach from 0 to 10, and we asked the panel to tell us how important each role is. In particular, we asked the voters to rate each team’s front-office management on its guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term.
Joe Dumars was voted the league’s worst general manager earlier this week, and now his interim coach John Loyer has joined him at the bottom of the barrel after being voted the league’s worst head coach.
It’s sort of unfair to classify Loyer with the rest of the guys on this list — he’s only in this position because of Maurice Cheeks‘ firing. Of course, Loyer hasn’t done a good job and that’s 100 percent why he’s in last place. It just seems like the Pistons have progressively cared less and less as Loyer’s tenure has chugged on.
After topping the Spurs in his coaching debut, everything fell apart for Loyer. The team never looked any different or better as their record dropped to 6-19 under Loyer.
Here’s the real question: Would a full season of Cheeks have ranked any higher?