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Wes Unseld Jr. moved; 5 Wizards head coach candidates

5. David Akinyooye

Both Dawkins and Winger come from the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and likely want to build the Wizards up in a similar fashion. With that in mind, they will likely want to poach somebody out of their former organization. Akinyooye fits the mold.

Akinyooye is the head assistant for the Thunder and the right-hand man for head coach Mark Daigneault and could be a hot name soon given Oklahoma City’s success this year. While Akinyooye has only ever served as an assistant coach, he does have some brief experience as a head coach, leading the Thunder’s summer league team to a 2-1 record last year. If Dawkins and Winger wish to emulate their former franchise, Akinyooye or Oklahoma City Blue head coach Kam Woods would be solid choices.

David Akinyooye Oklahoma City Thunder basketball Washington Wizards head coach candidates
Dec 14, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach David Akinyooye gestures during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. (Credit: Darren Yamashita/USA TODAY Sports)
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