Alabama hires Avery Johnson


TUSCALOOSA, AL (TheSpread) – The Alabama men’s basketball program is hoping it can make a big impact soon and they made a big splash by hiring Avery Johnson as their next head coach.

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After an 18-14 record this past season and an 8-10 mark in the SEC, Alabama decided to part ways with Anthony Grant as their head coach after six seasons. His record wasn’t all too bad, as he went 117-85 in his six years and was 54-49 in SEC play, but he only made one NCAA Tournament appearance. Avery Johnson is making his college coaching debut at Alabama.

According to oddsmakers at, Alabama is currently listed with 200/1 odds to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament. North Carolina is the current favorite at 6/1, while Kentucky has 8/1 odds to win it all.

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Johnson spent seven seasons as an NBA coach, with his last stint being with the Brooklyn Nets, where he was let go after a 14-14 start in the 2012-13 NBA season. His best success was with the Dallas Mavericks, where he coached for four seasons and led the Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2005-06 season. Johnson had a lengthy pro career despite being undrafted, as he played from 1988 to 2004.

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