In lieu of Jason Kidd being named the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, that got the brain thinking. Which other current NBA players would make better than average to great head coaches in the NBA. Of course most coaches that are great weren’t always the best players on the court. We still have not seen the likes of Patrick Ewing or Charles Barkley sitting court side as the head man. Alas, here is the top 5 current NBA players that would make great coaches.
5. Rajon Rondo:
Rondo would be the type of coach that would remind us all of John Chaney (Temple Owls). He will work himself up on the sidelines over bad plays and calls on the side lines and have very entertaining press conferences. At the same time, he will have the full attention of his players and in being a point guard will have his team offensively sound. The question with Rondo won’t be if he will succeed or fail, it is what will his win to technical foul ratio be.
4. Dwayne Wade:
He’s the type of coach that many people would scratch their heads when announced but would time and time again prove everyone wrong. That has been the story of Wade’s career since coming out of Marquette and that is what he will bring to the table as a coach. He knows how to win games, he always gives 120% on the court and players can rally around a coach and play how he want them to (which in this case is just like he did). He has that mean streak to where players won’t test him but the tenacity to where the players will respect him. He would be a lot like Doc Rivers as a coach.
3. Steve Nash:
Steve Nash has one of the best basketball IQ’s of his time. He, like many point guards, knows when to make the pass and when to pull up for the jump shot in transition. He has led the league in assists multiple times and has played international basketball to boot. Having played under several different head coaches, Nash has seen how different systems work and can implement them with players that he is given. Of course he would have to find his own Steve Nash to start.
2. Kobe Bryant:
The Black Mamba would be the first “superstar” to succeed as a head coach. He has that Jordan demeanor on the court and like Mike was coached by Phil Jackson. Kobe would bring the new generation up to speed with that triangle offense and add a few more rings to his trophy case. Also Kobe’s intensity would lead him to actually coach his players rather than sit on the bench and watch them screw around. I don’t see many players getting in his face now, I doubt any player he’s coaching would question his methods.
1. Tony Parker:
Straight out of the Greg Popovich school for head coaching, Tony Parker would make a tremendous head coach. He is generally a calm guy but the fire comes out when need be, always makes great decisions on the basketball court and knows when to take over. These are qualities that make a great head coach. Coaches have to know when to bench a star player and when to play the hot hand. Parker knows when he needs to put up 30+ points and knows when its best to dish out 15 assists. It also doesn’t hurt that Parker has played his entire NBA career under one of the greatest coaching minds in league history.
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