Just over a week after their Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that they have mutually agreed to part ways with their head coach Billy Donovan.
"Billy Donovan will be remembered fondly for his personal integrity and professionalism during his time as our head coach. We wish him and his family nothing but the best."- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) September 9, 2020
-Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett.
Despite being predicted by many to not make the postseason, Donovan led his team to the 2020 playoffs as the fifth seed with a 44-28 record.
Ever since the Conference Finals appearance in his first year (2015-16), where the Thunder gave-up a 3-1 series lead to the Golden State Warriors, Donovan and the Thunder have been eliminated in the first-round for the next four years - Houston Rockets (2017, 2020), Utah Jazz (2018), and Portland Trail Blazers (2019).
In his five years with the Thunder, Donovan coached the team to a regular-season record of 243-157 (60.8%) in 400 games and a playoff record of 18-23 (43.9%) in 41 games.
Billy Donovan finished with a .608 win percentage with the Thunder. That is the 3rd-best in Thunder/SuperSonics history. He only trailed George Karl and Scott Brooks. pic.twitter.com/K2uUw0D9g2- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 9, 2020
Over the course of his stint in Oklahoma City, he has coached numerous All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Chris Paul.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Donovan would be a 'significant coaching candidate in the NBA marketplace' including the Chicago Bulls. Sam Amick, of The Athletic, reports that the Philadelphia 76ers are also considering him for their vacant head coach position.
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