When NBA players decide to hang up their basketball shoes today, it hasn’t meant that it’s the last time we will see them in the NBA.
They make quick returns and go from wearing the uniform to wearing suits as NBA coaches.
With more than half of the league’s current coaches being former players, it should come as no surprise that more players are finding themselves still in the NBA and on the bench as a coach following their retirement from playing.
Even if they don’t make it right away as an assistant on their former team’s bench they still have options to fall back on.
I mean how many former NBA players have dressed up in a suit, put some makeup on, sat down in a chair, picked up a microphone and placed a tiny wire behind their ear and became a reporter?
In fact, that seems like the rite of passage for the former-player-to-coach journey.
You first have to get on television, hang out with Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon, Magic Johnson, and a number of different ESPN anchors, and then you get your coaching shot.
If the reporter position is not for you, then you can still go the traditional route of holding a clipboard and becoming an assistant, proving yourself and making your way through the ranks.
So, here is my list of current NBA players that I think will follow this path in their own way and find themselves as a future head coach in the NBA. I also included a key word that I think sums what best describes the player’s NBA career.
I also made my choices based on players that are close to the end of their careers or are seasoned veterans.
So, guys like Chris Paul, who I think would be a great coach someday, do not make the cut for this particular list and should be noted for argument's sake.
Please feel free to voice your likes and dislikes and include anybody that I left out, or if there is anyone on the list that you disagree with.