- The Orlando Magic have hired Jamahl Mosley as the 15th head coach in franchise history.
- Mosley was the odds on favorite to replace Rick Carlisle in Dallas but was expected to leave after the team hired Jason Kidd.
- The Magic are among five teams with the worst odds to win the 2022 NBA title.
The Orlando Magic are ready to start with their full rebuild.
On Sunday, the team announced that they have hired Jamahl Mosley as the 15th head coach in franchise history, replacing the resigned Steve Clifford.
PRESS RELEASE:@OrlandoMagic name Jamahl Mosley head coach.
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) July 11, 2021
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Mosley has agreed in principle to a four-year deal to become the Magic’s chief bench tactician. He will be tasked to develop a team that was one of the youngest in the league last season and will become even younger this season after the team traded its three best players at last season’s trade deadline. Orlando has two Top 10 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Mosley Was Odds on Favorite to Replace Rick Carlisle
Who will be the next Dallas Mavericks Head Coach?
-200 Jamahl Mosley
+600 Becky Hammon
+650 Terry Stotts
+750 Jason Kidd
+900 Ime Udoka
+1400 Mike D’Antoni
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— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 22, 2021
Mosley was the odds on favorite at the best NBA betting sites to land the head coaching job left open by Rick Carlisle in Dallas. However, the position eventually went to Jason Kidd and after Kidd was hired, Mosley was expected to leave the organization. He and Wes Unseld Jr. were the finalists to replace Steve Clifford in Orlando but after getting spurned in Dallas, he got the job in Orlando.
A University of Colorado graduate , Mosley played in various international leagues including Australia’s NBL where won Best Sixth Man honors in 2002. He returned to the U.S. in 2005 and worked with the Denver Nuggets’ Player Development department before being promoted to assistant coach in 2007. He moved to Cleveland in 2010 prior to joining the Mavericks’ coaching staff in 2014.
The 42-year old Mosley spent the last seven seasons working as Carlisle’s assistant with the Mavericks. He was known for building strong relationships with his players and that showed with how highly Luka Doncic spoke of him leading to the coaching search in Dallas. Mosley also played a critical role in developing the Mavs’ young talents and Orlando is hoping that he does the same to their young team led by Jonathan Isaac.
Orlando Going All-In on Rebuild
Going all-in on rebuild, Magic part ways with coach Steve Clifford https://t.co/pqwnsE53Gn
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 5, 2021
The Magic parted ways with head coach Steve Clifford last month after their timelines no longer moved in the same direction. Clifford tried to make the most of his lineup just to make the playoffs. He succeeded in his first two NBA seasons although the team lost in the first round both times.
They were 15-29 and still alive in the playoff race when they traded Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier before the trade deadline. Orlando went on to finish the season with a 21-51 record, third worst in the league. As a result, they won the 5th pick ni the Draft Lottery and will also be picking 8th by virtue of the Vucevic trade with the Bulls.
Not much is expected from Orlando this coming season. The best NBA betting sites have them in the bottom of their way-too-early 2022 NBA championship odds boards. The Magic are among five teams with the longest odds to win the 2022 NBA title at +50000.