5 College Basketball Coaches Who Would Have the Most Success in the NBA

College Basketball Coaches Who Would Have the Most Success in the NBA

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NBA coaches get fired every single season. As a result, successful college basketball coaches become hot commodities for vacant jobs. Although all of the coaches on this list will more than likely return for another season in college hoops (probably many more after that as well), they would have the most success if they did make the jump to the NBA.

Billy Donovan

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Billy Donovan

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Billy Donovan was almost the head coach for the Orlando Magic once upon a time ago. Regardless, he has easily been one of the most successful coaches ever since he took over at Florida. He’s a pretty good recruiter. Plus, he has coached the Gators to many Final Fours and two national championships. I am sure he would bring some of that success over to the next level if he decided to go to the NBA.

Tom Izzo

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Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo NBA
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Tom Izzo doesn’t always get the most talented players in college basketball -- still gets some amazing ones -- but he definitely gets the most out of his players. Plus, his teams usually seem to find themselves playing in the Final Four, which is a very tough feat in itself.

Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski NBA
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Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski NBA
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Coach K already knows how to coach NBA players. After all, he has coached some of the best NBA players as a result of being the coach of Team USA. Plus, he is arguably the best coach in college basketball right now. He does have the most wins of all time.

Shaka Smart

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Shaka Smart

Shaka Smart NBA
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Shaka Smart’s name always comes up when an NBA coach gets fired. He has done so much with lower rated recruits while being the head coach of the VCU Rams. It is surprising that he hasn’t at least switched schools by now. Regardless, the Rams have been relevant over the years thanks to Smart’s phenomenal coaching.

John Calipari

John Calipari NBA
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John Calipari

John Calipari NBA
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John Calipari usually has the most talented team in college basketball on a yearly basis. The 2014-15 season will not be any different. Although most people do not like the fact that Calipari coaches a bunch of one-and-done players, it is incredible how his teams have had so much success when he basically gets a new crop of players every year.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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