The Lakers are looking for a new coach this summer, and they’re looking at a few candidates. Some of the candidates they’re looking at are successful college coaches. However, I very much doubt these coaches will agree to the Lakers’ job because they have been so successful in college.
Though, there is another person they are looking at, namely Derek Fisher. This candidate has gotten me thinking. What current players would be good as coaches in the NBA? It’s always hard to tell while they’re playing. I mean, look at Isaiah Thomas. However, there are a few players that I believe could be very successful in coaching circles. Here they are:
F/C Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs:
Tim Duncan has a lot of experience in the NBA, especially as a team leader. He’s played in the NBA since 1997, and he is a 14x NBA All-Star and a 4x NBA Champion. He’s learned under one of the best coaches of all time, Gregg Popovich. He has one of the best basketball IQs in the game.
Many have said he would not be a good coach for one reason, and one reason only. He may be the quietest player in the NBA, and that is not a good attribute for any coach. I still think he could end up being one of the best coaches in the game.
F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks:
Just like Tim Duncan, Dirk would be a great coach because of his experience. He’s a 12x NBA All-Star and an NBA Champion. He was drafted by the Mavericks in 1998, and he’s stayed there ever since. Although he hasn’t had a coach before that was considered elite, he is unlike Tim Duncan in that he is not very quiet. He’s got a good temper, but if he needs to be, he can be loud.
The biggest obstacle for him to overcome if he became a coach would be the language barrier. Although he speaks very good English, his primary language is German, and it would be hard for him to relate and talk to his players. I think he can overcome this barrier, though, and become a good coach.
F/C Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets:
Kevin Garnett has the experience that Duncan and Nowitzki have, making 15 All-Star games, winning an NBA Championship, and even winning an NBA MVP, and he also has the loudness that make some coaches as good as they are. Coaches need to be loud to get their point across and to discipline their players.
However, he may be a bit too angry. In his 19 seasons in the NBA, he earned 162 technical fouls. That is about 8.5 technicals per year. This anger could work against or for Garnett as a coach, and hopefully if somebody gives him a chance, we will see which one it is.
G Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers:
Although I hate him a lot, Kobe Bryant would make a great coach. He has the experience of the previous three coaches, he has the loudness of Kevin Garnett, the mellowness of Duncan and Nowitzki, and the hunger to win that many coaches and players in the NBA don’t have nowadays.
Also, he is always trying to one up Michael Jordan, and Jordan never was a coach, so Kobe will be willing to do it. He is a proven leader, and there is no denying it. He could be a great head coach, but he would definitely need some grooming as an assistant coach first.
G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers:
Chris Paul is a great leader. He is the leader of his team and the president of the NBA Player’s Association. Last night, he led the Clippers to a Game 1 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder with 32 points and 10 assists. His stats are the best way to show how good he is a leader. He is a real floor general, which is shown by his assist numbers. In his career, he is averaging 9.9 APG..
To see how successful a point guard can be as a coach, the only people you have to look at are Mark Jackson, coach of the Golden State Warriors, and Doc Rivers, Chris Paul’s coach at the Los Angeles Clippers. Mark Jackson, in his 3 years of coaching the Warriors, has a record of 121-109, and Doc Rivers, in his 15 years as a head coach for the Magic, the Celtics, and the Clippers, has a record of 638-495. Chris Paul is definitely the best current player as a candidate for coach in the NBA.