3. Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford began his career in the NBA as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks back in 2000 at the age of 39. He spent three years in New York before moving on to the Houston Rockets for four years, to the Orlando Magic for five years and finally the Lakers for a year before taking over as the head coach for the then Charlotte Bobcats.
He spent five years as Charlottes head coach before being fired this offseason. During his time there, he tallied an overall record of 196-214 and they appeared in the playoffs twice-never winning a series.
Under Clifford, the Hornets were never able to win consistently. Even after they went 48-34 in 2015-16, they failed to capitalize and went 36-46 Clifford’s final two seasons. The losing is eventually what prompted Clifford to get fired.
Given his head coaching history, this experience is what puts him ahead of Messina and his recent basketball experience puts him ahead of Williams. However, the other two guys ahead of him on this list have more experience playing winning basketball.