The complicated game of basketball requires more than just pure talent for a player to be great. As a sport with so many different rules, a true leader also needs to understand every aspect of the game to the fullest extent..
Needless to say, these are the players that go on to become successful coaches after their playing careers come to an end.
Many current head coaches once played, and while not all were stars, many got the experience of watching the game develop from a player's point of view.
Now with so many intelligent players leading their teams, it's very likely that some will one day assume the position as coach, after they decide to bring an end to their career as a player.
Here's a look at seven players whose leadership and knowledge of the game make them the perfect candidates to one day lead a team from the sidelines.