Billy Donovan became the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015 following Scott Brooks’ departure. The former Florida men’s basketball coach is 150-96 in three seasons with the Thunder. However, Donovan is 14-15 in the NBA playoffs, losing in the first round in the 2017-18 season. Donovan coached a team containing 2017 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Despite the talent, the head coach lost in six games to the Utah Jazz this past season.
- 2015-16 – (55-27)
- 2016-17 – (47-35)
- 2017-18 – (48-34)
- 2015-16 – (11-7)
- 2016-17 – (1-4)
- 2017-18 – (2-4)
Brady Singer said former Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan talked to Gators yesterday, "He was awesome. He talked a lot about facing adversity and overcoming adversity." #Gators
— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) May 31, 2018
Although Donovan is not a Gator anymore, he spoke to the Gator baseball team that is fighting to win back-to-back national championships recently. The two-time national champion coach will return to the Thunder for a fourth season per Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti.