Which NBA coaching staff would win a 5v5 tournament?

16. Milwaukee Bucks 

Pat St. Andrews – Assistant Coach

Age: 30

Position: Guard

Height: 6’2

HS/College Career: Played four years at Penn State-Behrend and was a two year captain.

Professional Career: N/A

Josh Oppenheimer – Assistant Coach

Age: 52

Position: Guard

Height: 6’2

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Rhode Island and one season at Northern Arizona.

Professional Career: Played briefly in the USBL (United States Basketball League), CBA, and NBA Summer league. However, most of his professional career was spent playing in Israel, where he won an Israeli championship.

Charles Lee – Assistant Coach

Age: 36

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3

HS/College Career: Played four years at Bucknell. He helped Bucknell win the Patriot League tournament 2x and was the tournament MVP both times. He was also the Patriot League Player of the Year once.

Professional Career: Played about four seasons overseas.

Darvin Ham – Assistant Coach

Age: 47

Position: Forward

Height: 6’7

HS/College Career: Played one season at Otero Junior College before transferring to Texas Tech for three seasons. Helped Tech to the Sweet 16 and won the NCAA dunk contest.

Professional Career: Went undrafted but signed with the Denver Nuggets. Played roughly nine years in the NBA before ending his professional career in the Philippines and the G-League. Won a NBA Championship with the Pistons.

Vin Baker – Assistant Coach

Age: 49

Position: Center

Height: 6’11

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Hartford. During his time at Hartford, Baker was 1st team All-American East 3x and America East Player of the Year once. He also set the school record for career points.

Professional Career: Drafted 8th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played about thirteen years in the NBA and was a 4x All-Star. Baker was also named to the All-NBA 2nd team, All-NBA 3d team, and All-Rookie 1st team.

Team Summary: How good could a 49 year old Vin Baker be? If he’s in shape, this team probably is better than 16th. He’s struggled with alcoholism and money issues, but seems to have his life back on track.

 

17. Sacramento Kings 

Lindsey Harding – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 36

Position: Guard

Height: 5’8

HS/College Career: Played three seasons at Duke and was the ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and the Naismith Player of the Year.

Professional Career: Drafted 1st overall by the Phoenix Mercury and played professionally for about a decade (both in the WNBA and overseas). She was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team and won a championship in Turkey.

Bobby Jackson – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 47

Position: Guard

Height: 6’1

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College before transferring to Minnesota for two seasons. He was Big 10 Player of the Year at Minnesota and named a 2nd team All-American.

Professional Career: Drafted 23rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics and traded to the Denver Nuggets. Played in the NBA for over a decade, mostly with the Sacramento Kings, and was All-Rookie 2nd team and 6th Man of the Year once.

Rico Hines – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 42

Position: Guard

Height: 6’5

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at UCLA and was team captain for multiple seasons.

Professional Career: N/A

Luke Walton – Head Coach

Age: 40

Position: Forward

Height: 6’8

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Arizona and was first team All-Pac 10 twice.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Played in the NBA for about a decade and won two NBA championships.

Stacey Augmon – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 52

Position: Forward

Height: 6’8

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at UNLV and won a NCAA championship. Also, was the NABC Defensive Player of the Year 3x, Big West Player of the Year, and 2nd team All-American.

Professional Career: Drafted 9th overall by the Atlanta Hawks and played in the NBA for 15 seasons.

Team Summary: While this team certainly doesn’t lack skill or NBA experience, they do lack youth. Harding is the youngest player at 36 years old. Meanwhile, everyone else is in their 40s or 50s. If they can pace themselves, they’re probably closer to the top 10.

 

18. Memphis Grizzlies 

Brad Jones – Assistant Coach

Age: 51

Position: Guard

Height: X

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Lambuth (NAIA) where he won multiple championships, was team captain and Player of the Year as a senior.

Professional Career: N/A

Scoonie Penn – Assistant Coach

Age: 44

Position: Guard

Height: 5’11

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Boston College, where he was on the Big East All-Rookie 1st Team. Then, transferred to Ohio State for two seasons and was 1st Team All-Big 10 2x. Penn was also the Conference Co-Player of the Year.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Atlanta Hawks, but went to play overseas. Penn played over a decade overseas and won multiple international championships.

Blake Ahearn – Assistant Coach

Age: 36

Position: Guard

Height: 6’2

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Missouri State. Ahearn was the MVC Freshman of the Year and a 2x 1st Team All-MVC selection. He also set the NCAA record for single season free-throw percentage (97.5%).

Professional Career: Had an eight year long professional career and mostly played in the D-League. He was the D-League Rookie of the Year, a D-League All-Star, and a D-League champion.

David McClure – Assistant Coach

Age: 35

Position: Guard

Height: 6’6

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Duke and won three ACC championships.

Professional Career: Played one season in the G-League before going to play four seasons in Lithuania.

Vitaly Potapenko – Assistant Coach

Age: 45

Position: Center

Height: 6’10

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Wright State and was 1st Team All-MCC 2x.

Professional Career: Drafted 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and spent over a decade in the NBA.

Team Summary: Potapenko gives them some NBA talent, but Ahearn is probably the go-to player. He’s only five years removed from his professional career and was one of the better D-League players to never fully be given a chance in the NBA.

 

19. Minnesota Timberwolves 

Pablo Prigioni – Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Age: 43

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3

HS/College Career: N/A

Professional Career: Had played almost two decades professionally in Europe before coming to the NBA. During his career in Europe, Prigioni was All-EuroLeague 2nd team 2x, All-Spanish League 3x, and Spanish Cup MVP. He then played four seasons in the NBA.

Kevin Burleson – Assistant Coach/Player Development

Age: 41

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Minnesota.

Professional Career: Had a decade long professional career. Spent one year in the NBA, but mostly played overseas.

David Vanterpool – Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Age: 47

Position: Guard

Height: 6’5

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at St. Bonaventure and was the leading scorer as a senior.

Professional Career: Played professionally for over a decade, but only played one season in the NBA. During his professional career, Vanterpool was a CBA champion, ABA champion, and EuroLeague champion. He was also the CBA leader in assists, All-Defense in the CBA, and All-EuroLeague 2nd team.

Kevin Hanson – Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development

Age: 40

Position: Center

Height: 6’10

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at San Diego.

Professional Career: Played five seasons in Argentina and Germany.

Joseph Blair – Assistant Coach

Age: 46

Position: Center

Height: 6’10

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Arizona. Helped them win two regular season conference championships and went to the Final 4. Also, set the school record for career field goal percentage and is in the top ten all-time in blocks.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Seattle SuperSonics, but never played in the NBA. However, Blair still played professionally for over a decade. His career was spent mostly in Europe, but he also played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Blair won the EuroLeague MVP award in 2003.

Team Summary: Nobody under 40 years old, but Prigioni has proven that he’s ageless. He played in the NBA four years ago and it was just five years ago that he was helping the Rockets win game 7 vs the Clippers to send them to the Western Conference Finals.

 

20. Utah Jazz 

Lamar Skeeter – Assistant Coach

Age: 31

Position: Guard

Height: 6’0

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Walsh (NAIA). He was a 3rd team NAIA All-American his senior year.

Professional Career: N/A

Bryan Bailey – Assistant Coach

Age: 40

Position: Guard

Height: 6’1

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Bucknell.

Professional Career: Played overseas for about thirteen years.

Keyon Dooling – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 40

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Missouri.

Professional Career: Drafted 10th overall by the Orlando Magic, but immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He played in the NBA for over a decade for various teams.

Alex Jensen – Assistant Coach

Age: 44

Position: Forward

Height: 6’7

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Utah where he helped Utah to a national championship appearance. He was 1st team All-Conference 2x and the MWC Player of the Year once.

Professional Career: Played in the CBA and overseas for about seven years.

Vince Legarza – Assistant Coach

Age: 30

Position: Center

Height: 6’9

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Miami (OH).

Professional Career: N/A

Team Summary: Although Dooling had an underwhelming NBA career, he’s probably one of the best players on this list and just turned 40 years old. Bailey was a legit scorer at the D1 level and carved out a long international career.

 

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