It's hard to say, really, what makes a great coach in the NBA. Former players are obvious choices, the Golden State Warriors just hired Mark Jackson, the Houston Rockets nabbed Kevin McHale and the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up Rick Adelman.
However, there is no real formula in basketball for a good head coach. Some go for the scrappy old smart players like Adelman or Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott who hop around the league but never really become star players. Others go for the guys that made it big in the league like McHale or Jackson.
When it comes to baseball, it's pretty easy to at least follow a formula, as longtime backup catchers are almost always getting snagged as managers, and it's an added bonus if they have a fiery Latino personality. It's basically a foregone conclusion that 10 years from now Jose Molina will be on the short list to replace Joe Girardi as the Yankees manager.
However, in basketball, there is no one position that is an easily followable formula for grooming future head coaches, although point guards, or just guards in general seem to be a good trend.
So, who in the NBA today is smart enough and a good enough leader to take over as a head coach five, 10 or 15 years down the road? Chill out, I'm about to tell you.