Imagine if Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant decided to hang up their jersey and start coaching. As crazy as it sounds, I believe one of those players would be a great coach in high school. In fact, there are a lot of NBA players that would be great coaches. Here are my top 10 NBA players that would make great high school coaches:
1. Steve Nash
The 8 time All-Star is a no brainer at No. 1. Nash is a proven leader and is well respected around the NBA. During his career, he led two teams to the Western Conference Finals. Once with the Dallas Mavericks in 2002-2003 and then with the Phoenix Suns in 2004-2005. He’s a 2 time MVP and is arguably one of the best point guards in the NBA. He knows how to win and has a lot of basketball experience. Any high school looking for a coach, would be lucky to have this future Hall of Famer.
2. Jason Kidd
I believe giving No.2 to the 10 time All-Star was logical. Kidd has championship experience and has been on the All NBA First Team 5 times. He was a crucial part of Dallas’s championship win in 2011-2012, hitting timely jumpers and running the offense. He would be a great influence to younger players, with his 18 years playing in the NBA and appearances on the USA Olympic Team.
3. Derek Fisher
Some might think Fisher is high at No.3, but I believe his basketball experience speaks for itself. Fisher is 5 time NBA champion and was a big part of the Los Angeles Lakers offense. He’s hit countless game-winners and ran the triangle offense for years. He’s been a role model to a number of great point guards and is truly a professional. He’s helped such point guards like Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook, improve on their game and decision making. He would do the same to young high school players, that have aspirations of making it to the NBA.
4. Tim Duncan
Some might be surprised to see Duncan’s name on this list, but I believe he would be a really great teacher. The 13 time All Star has been consistent throughout his career and could teach high school kids the real fundamentals of basketball. His players would truly learn the meaning of teamwork and defense. Being coached by Greg Popovich for so many years, Duncan would know how to run and motivate a team. If Duncan doesn’t get an offer to coach a NBA team at the end of his career, I can bet he’ll get a lot of calls from high school teams.
5. Chauncey Billups
Billups was a tough choice at No.5 but there’s no doubt that he’s a exceptional leader. He led the Detroit Pistons to a championship win in 2004, while also winning NBA Finals MVP. He’s a 5 time All Star and was voted to the All NBA Second Team in 2006. It has been said by many NBA players that played with Billups, that he’s the voice and leader of the team. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers has called Billups a big brother and a great player. Any high school player would respect Billups as a coach and any program would be lucky to have him.
6. Grant Hill
Hill as an experienced veteran and definitely knows the meaning of hard work. He’s been in the NBA for 18 years and has made 7 All Star appearances. Hill was part of the All NBA First Team in 1997 and won the NCAA Championship twice (1991-1992). He’s fought through serious ankle injuries since 2000, but continues to play the game he loves. He would be able to inspire any high school player with his determination and passion for the game of basketball.
7. Kurt Thomas
I know you’re wondering how Thomas beat out Lebron James, Chris Paul, and Rajon Rondo but there is a great explanation. Thomas is the oldest player in the NBA, at 39 years old and is still playing. It may be hard work that’s kept him around, but I believe it’s because of Thomas’s basketball IQ. He’s been efficient his whole career, always shooting in the high 40%. Thomas has played on nine different NBA teams in his career, but always happens to find playing time. He’s firmaliar with a lot of different playing styles and players and would be able to coach either of them.
8. Lebron James
Having James on any top basketball list seems appropriate with his lists of accomplishments. He’s an NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Regular Season MVP, Gold Medal Winner and that was just last season. He’s dominated the NBA since 2003 and is sure Hall of Famer. James is a motivator, leader, and voice that any high school, college, or any basketball program would respect.
9. Chris Paul
Paul is arguably the best point guard and floor leader in the NBA. He’s a 5 time All Star, 4 time NBA steals leader and 2 time NBA assists leader. He has a lot of experience working with talented players and he’s overall a great guy. He’s played with players like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Anthony Davis. Paul’s proven he can win with talent, winning a gold medal with the USA Men’s Basketball Team this year in the olympics. On the side, he runs the CP3 Foundation that helps programs in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. He would do a great job teaching high school players how to be great on the court and off the court.
10. Rajon Rondo
Rondo has learned to be a great point guard through Doc Rivers and I believe he’ll carry River’s coaching legacy after he retires. During Rondo’s first two years in the NBA, he was able to lead the Boston Celtics to a NBA Championship. He’s currently the new face of the Celtics, with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett getting older. He would be able to run any team and teach any high school basketball team. He’s a leader and tough as nails. Some high school programs can learn a thing or two, having Rondo as their coach.