Being an NBA Head Coach is a terribly competitive job, and holding one of those 30 available positions is definitely a rare honour for those in the basketball coaching profession. But is it necessary to have NBA experience to be an NBA Head Coach? Common knowledge says no; a lot of big name coaches, such as Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown have been successful in recent years without playing a minute in the NBA. But if you look at the list of the current 30 head coaches today, you’ll notice that 19 of them – over 63 percent – have had NBA playing experience.
In no particular order, here are the top five players-turned-coaches.
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