If Doug Collins has his way, the Sixers will replace him with Michael Curry as the next head coach. He also has the backing of two of the team’s best players, an exclusive group to say the least. To them, Curry is as good a choice as any from a pool of current assistant coaching types that include Brian Shaw, Mike Malone and Jeff Hornacek ... a Curry teammate from the 1993-94 crew, one of the Sixers’ most forgettable teams.

That is not such a very exclusive group.

Anyway, Curry has made a connection with the team’s youthful leaders Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. They say Curry was a buffer between the bench and Collins, with Turner describing him as a voice of calm.

Yet Curry isn’t getting much of an endorsement from anyone else in the House That Harold Built, which leaves the Sixers’ coaching search wide open. While holdover general manager Tony DiLeo is expected to be overseeing the coaching interviews that may begin next week, his contract expires June 30, too, with no public pledge of renewal.

DiLeo and owner Josh Harris are likely to talk to Curry, probably along with Shaw (Indiana), Hornacek (Utah) and Malone (Golden State).

Maybe Hornacek can talk about his undying love for Philadelphia, since the Sixers fans showed him so much of that after he came over as part of the Charles Barkley trade. His first season with Philly produced 26 wins in 1992-93, followed with a 25-win beaut the next year, when Hornacek played with Curry.

So maybe another route would be more palatable to old-time fans, like a veteran NBA head coach. But how’s Avery Johnson or Scott Skiles strike you?

Byron Scott was an absolutely great player who has had three head coaching stints. But in his last stop in Cleveland, he took over just days before “The Decision” was made by LeBron James, and three years and 160-plus losses later, Scott has some resume rebuilding to do.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn GM Billy King just showed P.J. Carlesimo the door, but maybe that’s because he wants a really big name for all those monied Borough elite to fawn over. Harris might be thinking along those same lines, and be more inclined to keep DiLeo in a GM job somewhat subservient to a “name” head coach with executive powers.