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David Fizdale, Miami Heat Assistant
David Fizdale has been with the Heat for what feels like forever. He's a valued member of their brain trust and has repeatedly generated head coaching buzz.
During summer 2013, when the Philadelphia 76ers were looking for a head honcho, they apparently inquired about his availability, according to the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. Nothing ever materialized because, well, Fizdale doesn't concern himself with such matters.
"There have been no contact, no conversations, nothing like that," Fizdale said of the coaching carousel this past May, per Winderman. "Quite honestly, Spo [head coach Erik Spoelstra] gets very annoyed with me, because he's like, 'Why don't you care about being a head coach?' And I'm like, 'Cause we're in the playoffs.'"
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors
Where Derek Fisher seems like an extension of Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr is portrayed as someone who likes to coach to the shrill of his own whistle.
The Warriors don't figure to run the triangle play for play, nuance for nuance. But BBallBreakdown.com's Coach Nick did a wonderful, well, breakdown for Golden State of Mind, during which he illustrated how Kerr is incorporating elements of the triangle and motion weak that the San Antonio Spurs run into his offense.
Anyone who's borrowing systematic ideals from Jackson and Popovich has the opportunity to do incredible things from the sidelines.
Shaka Smart, VCU
Every one of these lists has to include coaches outside of the NBA, and who better than Shaka Smart to make an appearance here?
Smart's teams are incredibly energetic and swarm the opposition consistently. Effort has never been an issue during his time at VCU, and while no team has yet to pry him away, he has the requisite chops to make the jump one day.
Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
If the Boston Celtics buy into the analytics movement more than they already have, Brad Stevens will seem fated for sideline stardom. But they now house a bevy of redundant talent, from Rajon Rondo and Marcus Smart, to Jeff Green and Evan Turner, suggesting they're still a ways off, thus tapering Stevens' potential.
Anyone who gets Rondo to admit he doesn't despise his coach, though, deserves a mention.
Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
Quin Snyder is tough to figure out. His basketball acumen is lauded, but there are times when it appears he needs a very specific group of guys to succeed.
"The sense around the league is that if handed a roster of seasoned, cerebral ballplayers who could relate to his analytical instincts, Snyder could thrive as an NBA coach," ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz wrote in April.
Utah is more of a blank slate than anything, so we'll have to reserve judgment while acknowledging his tenure with the Jazz promises to be intriguing.