10 Players Who Would Be Great NBA Commentators

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10 Players Who Would Be Great NBA Commentators
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Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Magic Johnson. Marc Jackson.

Among the NBA's elite there is an even more selective group of individuals: the former players-turned-commentators. These are the players whose knowledge of the game, paired with their unique sense of style and demeanor, make them ideal fits for broadcasting.

However, few NBA stars are worthy of this privilege—mostly because they lack the verbal fluency to keep up with the typical basketball's games lightning pace. But the one defining factor that sets the best commentators above the rest is style. It's their flair for theatrics, their love for hyperbole, their knack for assembling one-two punches of rhetorical majesty in a moment's notice that makes for the most entertaining analysts.

So who among today's basketball stars could one day be holding a mic in their hand? Well, probably not who you'd think. There's a reason why players like Jordan and Bird never really got into broadcasting—their demeanor wasn't right for it. They were much too focused, determined, ego-driven to objectively cover another player's game. That's why they never tried.

But plenty of candidates do exist in the league. Let's run down the top 10.

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