Doug Collins: 42 percent
He gets the slight nod over Johnson because Yahoo! Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski has a source saying Collins is the favorite.
Avery Johnson: 40 percent
Of all available coaches, he has accomplished the most the most recently.
John Kuester: 10 percent
His name has popped up all over, but he has never been an NBA head coach. I doubt Joe Dumars replaces a failed first-time coach with another first-time coach.
Bill Laimbeer: 5 percent
Laimbeer is in the running, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of MLive. Still, he has the same problem as Kuester: he has never been an NBA head coach.
Other: 3 percent
It won’t be Tom Izzo. From the Free Press:
“I’m not throwing my hat in the ring, and I don’t think they’re throwing their hat at me,” Izzo said. “I’m just hanging tight here. I want to win another championship.”
I guess that means Jeff Van Gundy leads the “others.”
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