The NBA has recently seen a lot of players that have transitioned from the basketball court into the coaching world, and are finding a great deal of success. Some begin at the bottom of the totem pole either as a shooting coach, big man coach, or in some other niche specific role. Others take a seat directly next to the head coach as the top assistant coach. There are some that even become head coaches without any prior experience.
Mark Jackson, for example, became the head coach of the Golden State Warriors after many years of being a commentator on ESPN. Jackson had no coaching experience prior to his coaching career, but as a pass-first point guard, Jackson understood the ins-and-outs of the game better than most other players at his position.
Jason Kidd made the news last summer after he went from being one of the oldest players in the league to one of the youngest coaches in the league in a matter of months. On the one hand, Kidd had zero coaching experience. On the other hand, he had been coaching his entire life as one of the best floor leaders in NBA history. Kidd’s pitch to General Manager Billy King was that he had the capacity to be a great player’s coach, since he had the respect of all of his former peers, yet was still buddy-buddy with them. Kidd also knows the modern game better than any of the other coaches in the league, as one who played the game just last year.
So, what other current NBA players can make the same leap that Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd did from a player to a coach? This is a list of the Top-10 current NBA players that will some day make the Top-10 Best Coaches.
10 Kevin Durant
9 Kevin Love
8 Damian Lillard
7 Stephen Curry
6 LeBron James
5 Chris Paul
4 Steve Nash
3 Shane Battier
2 Chauncey Billups
1 Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher refuses to retire. He is still contributing solid minutes for the Oklahoma City Thunder and he is still hitting clutch shots like he is in practice. But eventually, his career will be over. Off the court, Fisher was the former president of the Player’s Association and was instrumental in getting a deal done during the lock-out season. He clearly has a love for the game and has the capacity to handle basketball related things off the court as well. Fisher holds the respect of everyone in the NBA and if he ever entered into the coaching ranks, it would be a seamless transition for him. Fisher has always been a winner and a hard worker and there is no reason why those things could not translate into a coaching role for him as well.
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