Not only does Skiles have a solid NBA career to point to—even as a five-year member of the Orlando Magic—he has been able to work with and develop exceptional point guards as a coach.
Jason Kidd was still early in his career when Skiles coached him for a season in Phoenix, but according to a report by the New York Daily News, Kidd still holds a grudge against him.
From there, Skiles was able to develop two questionable prospects into solid pro point guards.
The Chicago Bulls used a lottery pick on Kirk Hinrich, which was considered dicey.
However, the decision was validated, as Skiles helped the Kansas prospect improve every year during his tenure and turned Hinrich into a consistent starter.
Brandon Jennings was just 19 years old when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him 10th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. He skipped college to play one year overseas and averaged just 5.5 points per game and just over two assists.
Despite the inexperience, Skiles rapidly developed Jennings and allowed him to thrive enough to take the Bucks to the playoffs in his rookie season.
This is encouraging because Jameer Nelson has struggled in recent years for the Magic. Perhaps Skiles' direction can help Nelson to a resurgent year.
Nelson is also 30 years old, so whoever the Magic develop behind him at the position could greatly benefit from Skiles' knowledge as well.