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Grading every head-coaching hire

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With all 38 vacancies now filled in college basketball, Jeff Goodman gives his assessment of each hire, handing out a letter grade for the match. For a list of filled positions during the hiring season, click HERE.

Alabama Crimson Tide: Avery Johnson

Career record: 0-0 at NCAA level, 254-186 in seven NBA seasons with the Mavericks (2004-08) and Nets (2010-13)

The difference between Johnson and other NBA guys is that he has ties to grassroots basketball. He also can sell the fact that he played and coached in the league. Johnson has already hired a strong staff, including vastly underrated associate head coach Bob Simon, which will help him land players.

Grade: B+