April 11, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: General view before the game of Quicken Loans Arena between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
The Cavaliers have had five primary head coaches since the 2000-2001 season and it's your job today to determine which coach was the best of this group.
Ironically, four of the five candidates were boss (or have been) for basically two seasons while the fifth candidate was top man for five playoff laden years.
After the jump read about the candidates if you need a refresher. Also, don't forget to vote.
Randy Wittman, 1999-2001: Wittman was 62-102 in his pair of seasons on the bench. The team finished 6th in the division both years. He didn't reach the playoffs with Cleveland.
John Lucas, 2001-2003: Lucas was 37-87 in his time with the Cavaliers. He was replaced by Keith Smart about halfway through his second season as head coach as the team was tanking in anticipation of the 2003 NBA Draft. He didn't reach the playoffs with Cleveland.
Paul Silas, 2003-2005: Silas was the boss at the start of the LeBron James era. He didn't last even two seasons and was just 69-77 in Cleveland. He too was replaced before he could finish two years. Brendan Malone took the helm in his place for the final 18 games in 2005. He didn't reach the playoffs with Cleveland.
Mike Brown, 2005-2010: Brown was 272-138 in his five seasons with the Cavaliers. He lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals three times, Eastern Conference Finals once and the NBA Finals in 2007. His playoff record was 42-29 and he also won the 2008-2009 NBA Coach of the Year.
Byron Scott, 2010-2012: The current Cavaliers boss has a 40-108 record in two seasons but has the team turned around after the acquisition of star point guard Kyrie Irving. He has yet to reach the playoffs in Cleveland.
*Brendan Malone (8-10) and Keith Smart (9-31) also had brief stints coaching the Cavaliers since 2000.
Which of these men was the best coach of the Cavaliers since 2000-2001?
Randy Wittman (2 votes)
John Lucas (4 votes)
Paul Silas (9 votes)
Mike Brown (141 votes)
Byron Scott (176 votes)
332 total votes