Where do the Denver Nuggets rank in terms of being a desirable team to coach?

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Fans are certainly disappointed with how this season ended for the Nuggets, but overall they’ve been a relatively stable organization for the last few years. Even after winning a title, nobody is considering them one of the glamour franchises in the league or anything like that, but they continually churn out a good product and seem to make savvy moves for the most part.

In the wake of Dan Hurley turning down the Lakers gig, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not the Lakers head coaching job is actually a desirable one at all. On the surface, the Lakers are one of the most storied, iconic franchises in all of sports. They have one of the greatest and most famous athletes of all time in LeBron James, and they have the glitz and glam of Los Angeles. Who wouldn’t want that job?

But in reality, the Lakers have been a bad team and a bit of a clown show for over a decade. They’ve made dumb trades, dumb free agency decisions, and some questionable draft picks. If not for LeBron deciding to uproot his life and go play for the Lakers, they could be one of the perennial bottom-feeders in the league right now.

On top of that, the coaches are consistently underpaid and generally have been treated as scapegoats while being tasked more with appeasing LeBron and Anthony Davis than making strategic and schematic decisions. When you think about the whole picture, Hurley not wanting to get involved makes a lot more sense.

How does the Nuggets head coaching job stack up with the rest of the NBA?

This has people thinking about what are actually the best and worst jobs for coaches across the NBA. Sam Quinn of CBS Sports compiled a 1-30 ranking of every team in the NBA based on how enticing the head coaching job would be right now. The rankings were based on ownership, the front office, the roster, job security, and how the team is set up for the future.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were picked as the number one job to have right now based on their stacked young roster and future assets. The Boston Celtics, who are on the verge of a title, were second on the list. And the Denver Nuggets came in third place in the rankings.

Things working in the Nuggets' favor include job security, ownership that has been willing to spend in recent years, success after success in the front office, and a loaded roster that included the best player in the world in Nikola Jokic. The cons of the job would be the team is pretty much capped out financially, the roster is again, and ownership has been unwilling to pay for great personnel in the front office.

The pros vastly outweigh the cons and that’s why they are third out of 30 teams. Michael Malone has a great gig and he’s been an excellent leader for the Nuggets. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But if anything were to happen and this job came open for some reason, candidates would likely be lining up left and right for the opportunity.