Top 5 Finalists Emerge For Phoenix Suns Coach

Who wants to coach Kevin Durant and Devin Booker? Who will try to mend the Phoenix Suns? Apparently, both a Doc and a Nurse are in the running. The list of candidates for the Suns' head coaching position has come down to a list of five finalists:

According to NBA Insider Shams Charania, that list is as follows:

  • Nick Nurse
  • Frank Vogel
  • Doc Rivers
  • Jordi Fernandez
  • Kevin Young  

That's three former NBA championship coaches (though in the case of Rivers, that seems like another century — over a decade and a half ago).

Nurse won a title in 2019 with the Toronto Raptors, Vogel in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Rivers... back in 2008. Doc's most notable playoff memories since that time, however, are blowing 3-1 and 3-2 series leads. 

Jordi Fernandez, 40, was the lead assistant to Mike Brown with the Sacramento Kings this season, and has been a candidate for other head coaching jobs, including getting an interview with the Raptors last month. 

Young has been an assistant to the deposed Monty Williams in Phoenix, and even coached four games for Williams in the 2021-22 regular season. He earned high praise from Chris Paul at the time, and that still stands. 

The finalists will reportedly meet with Suns owner Mat Ishbia and team president James Jones this week.

Fellow Insider Adrian Wojnarowski has the same list, though he omits Vogel. 

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