5 Best Coaching Staffs Who Can Mold Rookies of 2012 NBA Draft

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5 Best Coaching Staffs Who Can Mold Rookies of 2012 NBA Draft
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The successful teams at the NBA draft don't just identify the best pro prospects; they also know how to coach them once they enter the league.

In the 2008 draft, the Washington Wizards thought they found a steal when they took JaVale McGee with the 18th pick overall. The sophomore out of Nevada was brimming with athleticism, but had little court awareness to harness it.

Unfortunately, neither Ed Tapscott nor Flip Saunders were able to teach McGee the nuances of the pro game. After a month under Randy Whitman, his third head coach in four years, McGee was traded to the Denver Nuggets. Perhaps he will still pan out as an NBA center, but it won't be in Washington

Earlier in that same draft, the then-Seattle Supersonics used the fourth pick on Russell Westbrook, another great athlete who had issues with fundamentals. Rather than force him into the mold of the prototypical pass-first point guard, Scott Brooks has embraced and encouraged Westbrook's attacking style, allowing him to develop into the All-Star guard he is today.

At the NBA draft, there are success stories and cautionary tales, and the right coaching staff could be what pushes a player to the best of his abilities. Here are the five best coaching staffs for developing rookies in 2012.

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