Color commentators are often overlooked but are an integral part of the NBA game-watching experience.
While great color commentators can make taking in some hoops seem even more entertaining and educating, the worst ones can leave you desperately searching for the mute button on the remote.
Former NBA players are natural fits for the color commentator position. They have a vast knowledge of the game and have a wealth of experience to draw from when explaining the occurrences of any given game.
Former NBA players such as Tommy Heinsohn, Sean Elliott, Reggie Miller and Matt Harpring are just a few examples of retired players who transitioned smoothly to commentary.
The NBA currently has well over 400 players, which is quite the potential employee pool to draw talent from.
For my money, here are the four active players I'd most like to have on my commentating team.