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This SBNation post summarized Dean Smith’s coaching tree by proclaiming him the Zeus of basketball.
Larry Brown was a disciple of the great Smith, which means every aforementioned branch in his illustrious tree is a sub-branch of Smith’s. Therefore, names such as Gregg Popovich, Bill Self and John Calipari can be traced back to Smith.
Furthermore, coaches such as Roy Williams and Matt Doherty, as well as other notable names like Sam Presti, Avery Johnson and Danny Ferry, are all connected via the six degrees of Dean Smith.
If the tree is expanded to include players as well as even more coaches, people such as Donnie Walsh, Quin Snyder, Billy King, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Stallings, Mitch Kupchak, Jim Delany and George Karl all have roots in the Smith tree.
It is clear that there are a lot of organizations and programs that owe at least a portion of their success to the legendary Tar Heels coach.
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