That's what the Sixers are banking on.
They finished a disappointing 34-48 last season and several players have moved on.
Some of the more notable departures are point guard Jrue Holiday (Memphis) via a trade and swingman Dorrell Wright (Portland), swingman Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers), and center Andrew Bynum (Cleveland) in free agency. Bynum, who has chronically injured knees, never played for the Sixers after the former Lakers all-star was acquired in a four-team trade last August.
Brown must rebuild with a team that will have two rookies - center Nerlens Noel and point guard Michael Carter-Williams - as the faces of the franchise.
But as a renowned skill-development coach, the native of South Portland, Maine, has been coveted by the Sixers for some time.
Brown held an unofficial post with the Spurs during their NBA championship season in 1998-99. He rejoined coach Gregg Popovich's San Antonio staff in July 2002 as an assistant coach/director of player development. Brown moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the 2006-07 season.
As the Spurs' player-development coach, he was credited with refining and improving specific aspects of players' games during individual workouts. Brown worked with Hedo Turkoglu on three-point shooting, Bruce Bowen on his pull-up jumper, and Rasho Nesterovic on his defensive spacing and rebounding.
Brown also had a hand in the development of NBA all-star point guard Tony Parker, whose scoring average went from 9.2 to 15.5 points per game during the first season he worked with him.
Popovich once said that Brown was brilliant at working out players, no matter what the focus was.
Brown also coached for 14 seasons - nine as a head coach - in Australia's National Basketball League. He also coached the Australian men's national team to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympics.
He was in line to replace the departed Mike Budenholzer as San Antonio's lead assistant before accepting the Sixers coaching job. Budenholzer was hired as Atlanta's head coach in May.
Among the candidates for the Sixers job were assistant Michael Curry, a holdover from Collins' staff; Boston assistant Jay Larranaga; Atlanta assistant Kenny Atkinson; and Chicago assistant Adrian Griffin.
Curry is under contract for another season with the Sixers along with assistant coaches Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel.
Brett Brown at a Glance
Family: He is married to Anna, and they have two daughters, Julia and Laura, and a son, Sam. He is the son of New England Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Brown.
College: He played four seasons at Boston University under coach Rick Pitino. He was team MVP his sophomore season and served as team captain in his junior and senior seasons.
Coaching experience: He moved to the bench for the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach before the 2006–07 season. He spent the previous five seasons as the team's assistant coach/director of player development. He joined the Spurs in July 2002 after 14 seasons coaching in Australia's National Basketball League. In nine seasons as a head coach in the NBL, he had 149 career victories, the sixth-highest total in league history). . . . Brown served as an assistant coach for the Australian men's national team for eight years, including the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and the 1998 World Championships. In March 2009, he was named the head coach of the Australian men's national team and led the Boomers to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 Olympics.
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