Who says great players can't be great coaches? Nearly every team in the league is represented in some way by a hall-of fame basketball star in the office or behind the bench. With sole focus on the bench, which bench boss, or assistant, would make the best starting 5 unit? Have a look at who's wearing a suit these days.
PG: Henry Bibby, Assistant Coach, Sixers
This position is represented fairly consistently in the head coach's role. NBA PG's such as Larry Brown, Maurice Cheeks, Doc Rivers, Scott Skiles and Vinny Del Negro are all successful NBA Head Coaches. From this collection I would lean towards choosing Either Charlotte's Brown or Philly's Mo Cheeks, but it's actually one of Mo's assistants I prefer.
Unsung Hero Henry Bibby, father of Mike, is still the only player ever to play for and win an NCAA, NBA and CBA championship. He is one of only four players to win an NCAA championship and an NBA championship back to back.
Much like most of the current PG/Coaches, he was known for his team-first mentality and hard nosed defense. Picking Henry at this position allows for the remainder of the roster to receive the fairest share of the offensive load.
SG: Byron Scott, Head Coach, Hornets
At shooting guard, there is a motley collection of former players who span five different decades of NBA basketball. At the far end of the spectrum is Jerry Sloan, whose legacy as a player is undeniable, but his role was that of a guard/forward, so it's difficult to pick him purely as a shooting guard.
Reggie Theus made a recognizable name for himself at this position, as did "Thunder" Dan Majerle, now an assistant with the Phoenix Suns, but it's difficult to deny this position to the shooting guard with the most clout of this group.
Byron Scott is not only one of the finest coaches in the league, but a key member of the showtime Lakers who won five NBA championships. His explosiveness on the fast break and consistency from the outside made him as prominent a member of these teams as Magic, Kareem and James Worthy.
SF: Alex English, Assistant Coach Raptors
Since the only other coach (that I can think of) in this category is Nate McMillan, who was the Sonics' version of James Posey, the natural leader in this category is none other than Alex English. The fact that he toiled away in relatively obscure NBA markets should not diminish his greatness as a player. More than 25,000 points in his career, all of which were scored in his trademark smooth manner, to this day, the Alex English Nuggets jersey with the funky rainbow is one of the all-time best sellers in the NBA. Give Alex the rock.
PF: Jack Sikma, Assistant Coach, Rockets
Although I have a soft spot for Shareef-Abdur Rahim and admire what coach Phil did in his days with the Knicks, I'm picking a team here, and teams need chemistry. Seven-time all-star Jack Sikma understood this principle implicitly.
Although known more as a center, Sikma would fit the role of Power Forward nicely on this team, especially in this day and age. Recognized for his rebounding and shot blocking ability, Sikma still managed to spend 14 years in the league with a career average of over 15 points a game. He is perhaps one of the greatest two or three Seattle Sonics to ever play the game.
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Assistant Coach, Lakers
The list of quality centers who are coaches is stacked with talent, making this the most difficult decision of all. It's difficult to deny the leadership and talent of centers like Moses Malone, Patrick Ewing, Bob McAdoo and even Bill Cartwright. More difficult still is to deny the NBA's all-time leading scorer his rightful place on this list.
The instant chemistry between Byron Scott and Kareem, coupled with the complementary talents of Bibby, English and Sikma will make this team fluid offensively and dominant defensively. More importantly, no one put a footprint on Bruce Lee's career better than Abdul-Jabbar.
Here is your all-bench boss team.
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