Predicting the Next Wave of Elite NBA Head Coaches

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Predicting the Next Wave of Elite NBA Head Coaches
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Bring on the future of sideline sagacity.

Coaching is a fickle business at the NBA level. When teams win, they're sometimes an afterthought. When teams lose, they're scapegoats.

Certain bench barons have established quite a reputation, though—some far bigger than the players they instruct. 

These are guys like Gregg Popovich, Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers. They are their own brand, battle-tested and universally respected.

Other head honchos aren't so fortunate, and they never will be. A select few will.

There are plenty of rising sideline stars to appreciate, some of whom will inevitably create celebrated brands of their own. 

Who are they? Those who aren't seers cannot be sure, though there's enough evidence to make one feel like the NBA has gifted them with a crystal ball.

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