5. Sam Cassell – Houston Rockets Head Coach
Since Mike D’Antoni departed, rumors have been swirling around guys like Jeff Van Gundy, Tyronn Lue, and Sam Cassell as his potential replacement. None of these would be a better fit in H-Town than Cassell.
After the LA Clippers faltered in humiliating fashion against the Denver Nuggets, Cassell will likely want to get a shot of his own as a head coach, and no place makes more sense than Houston. Sam established his clutch gene right away with the Rockets when he began his NBA career, hitting jump shots at critical times of their championship runs.
At 15 seasons, Cassell also spent the most time in the league out of anyone else on the list, as well as Lue. With coaching experience on the Washington Wizards and then the Clippers, Sam has been able to see what it’s like to be involved with both unsuccessful and successful teams.
Sam Cassell already has the support of several former Rockets when it comes to becoming the team’s next head coach, and there’s a reason for that. Of all the Clutch City candidates, Cassell is the most ready for a head coaching position, and the Rockets would be smart to make that happen.