Jason Kidd joins a list of the greatest players to become an NBA head coach
After thinking about Jason Kidd becoming a head coach it got me wondering who the best players in the NBA to become a head coach. Off the top of my head this is my list.
I know there are other guys like the ones below but they were probably better coaches than players.
I know there are probably a bunch of guys I am forgetting but I think the top 3 tiers are pretty solid players. Jason Kidd is easily one of the top 10 former players turned NBA coach all time.
Doug Collins was a beast before injuries
Usually the former players who tend to succeed as coaches were those that weren't superstars or physically gifted but used their basketball intellect to have a long playing career.
Rudy Tomjanovich is really underrated by people nowadays. Back in his day he was one of the best power forwards in the league. Made 4 straight All-Star games before the punch that almost ended his career, missed most of that year and then made the All-Star team the following year as well.
jeff horaneck, monty Williams, ty corbin all decent too
Would put him in your tier 2.
And I think he did win a championship as coach did he not?
Collins and Heinsohn definite tier 2s....Silas borderline
Don't forget Nate McMillan....tier 3
Riley and Jackson tier 5 and 4 respectively
I don't know about having Collins in Tier 2. Those other Tier 2 guys are hall of famers and guys that are among the 50 greatest players in history.