Which NBA coaching staff would win a 5v5 tournament?

 

21. OKC Thunder 

Mark Daigneault – Head Coach

Age: 35

Position: Guard

Height: N/A

HS/College Career: Student-Manager at UCONN.

Professional Career: N/A

Mike Wilks – Assistant Coach

Age: 41

Position: Guard

Height: 5’10

HS/College Career: Played four years at Rice and was 1st team All-WAC.

Professional Career: Had a decade long professional career. Spent parts of seven seasons in the NBA. Won a NBA championship, Italian League championship, and Polish League championship.

Mike Miller – Assistant Coach

Age: 56

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3

HS/College Career: Played a season at Southeastern Community College and three seasons at East Texas State. Won a conference championship at East Texas State.

Professional Career: N/A

David Akinyooye – Assistant Coach

Age: 31

Position: Forward

Height: 6’6

HS/College Career: Played four years at Adelphi (DII).

Professional Career: Played one season in the G-League.

Kameron Woods – Assistant Coach for Player Development

Age: 29

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Butler. He led Butler in blocks all four seasons and became the second all-time leader in rebounds in school history.

Professional Career: Played in the G-League for two seasons.

Team Summary: They’re hurt by the fact that they have a lack of options and have to start Daigneault, who didn’t even play college basketball. Add in the fact that another one of their starters is in his mid-50s, and they’re at a significant disadvantage. However, Woods is still in his 20s and was a solid D1 player. He could likely still be playing professionally had he not gotten into coaching.

 

22. Charlotte Hornets

Nate Mitchell – Assistant Coach

Age: 33

Position: Guard

Height: 5’9

HS/College Career: Played for the University of the Cumberlands (NAIA).

Professional Career: N/A

Nick Friedman – Player Development Coach

Age: 30

Position: Guard

Height: 5’9

HS/College Career: Played at Bates College (DIII).

Professional Career: N/A

Ronald Nored – Assistant Coach

Age: 30

Position: Guard

Height: 6’0

HS/College Career: He was an All-State point guard in Alabama. Played for Brad Stevens at Butler for four years. Was the conference Defensive Player of the Year 2x. Helped lead Butler to back to back NCAA championship games.

Professional Career: N/A

Jay Hernandez – Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development

Age: 42

Position: Guard

Height: 6’0

HS/College Career: Played one season at New Hampshire before transferring to Hofstra for three seasons. Helped Hofstra make back to back NCAA tournaments.

Professional Career: Played three seasons in Puerto Rico.

Dutch Gaitley – Assistant Coach 

Age: 31

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9

HS/College Career: Played three years at Monmouth before transferring for one season at Temple.

Professional Career: N/A

Team Summary: The big thing this team has going for it is youth. Their oldest player is 42, but everyone else is in their early 30s. However, Nored is likely their most talented player and never played above D1 basketball.

 

23. San Antonio Spurs 

Becky Hammon – Assistant Coach

Age: 43

Position: Guard

Height: 5’6

HS/College Career: Was South Dakota player of the year in high school and, then, went to Colorado State for four seasons. At Colorado State, Hammon was named an All-American three times.

Professional Career: Played both in the WNBA and overseas for about thirteen years. Was a 6x WNBA All-Star, 2x All-WNBA first team, and 2x All-WNBA second team.

Mitch Johnson – Assistant Coach

Age: 34

Position: Guard

Height: 6’1

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Stanford.

Professional Career: Played in the G-League and overseas.

Chip Engelland – Assistant Coach

Age: 59

Position: Guard

Height: 6’4

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Duke and was team captain his senior year.

Professional Career: Played professionally for under a decade in the CBA and overseas.

Will Hardy – Assistant Coach

Age: 32

Position: Forward

Height: 6’6

HS/College Career: Played at Williams College.

Professional Career: N/A

Darius Songaila – Assistant Coach

Age: 42

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Wake Forest. Was named second team All-ACC once and third team All-ACC once.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Boston Celtics and traded to the Sacramento Kings. Played in the NBA for eight season. Also, played overseas and won various international championships.

Team Summary: The Spurs coaching staff doesn’t list any player development coaches so their options were lacking. In fact, Popovich would be the 6th man based on the eligibility requirements used for this exercise. Hammon is possibly the most skilled player on the team, but has a serious disadvantage. Songaila would likely be their main offensive threat.

 

24. Orlando Magic 

Pat Delany – Assistant Coach

Age: 40

Position: Guard

Height: N/A

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Saint Anselm (DII) and became the school’s all-time leader in career assists.

Professional Career: N/A

Steve Clifford – Head Coach

Age: 59

Position: Guard

Height: 5’10

HS/College Career: Played four years at Maine-Farmington (DIII) and was team captain for two years.

Professional Career: N/A

Lionel Chalmers – Associate Coach/Player Development

Age: 40

Position: Guard

Height: 6’0

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Xavier and helped them to an Elite 8 appearance.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Clippers. Only played one season in the NBA before a decade long career overseas. Won a championship in the NBL.

Ty Corbin – Assistant Coach

Age: 58

Position: Forward

Height: 6’6

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at DePaul and was an All-American honorable mention in two seasons.

Professional Career: Drafted in the 2nd round by the San Antonio Spurs. Played in the NBA for about fifteen years.

Mike Batiste – Assistant Coach

Age: 43

Position: Forward

Height: 6’8

HS/College Career: Played a season at Long Beach City College before transferring to Arizona State for three seasons. He led the Pac-10 in blocked shots one season and was named All-Pac 10 1st team in another season.

Professional Career: Played nearly 15 years overseas. Also, spent one season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He won three EuroLeague championships and was named to both the All-EuroLeague 1st team and 2nd team. He also won nine Greek League championships and was the Greek League regular season and finals MVP.

Team Summary: They have two guys nearing 60 years old and one of them, Clifford, has had heart issues in the past. Lionel Chalmers, cousin of Mario Chalmers, is their youngest player at 40 years old, but would be the go-to guy.

 

25. Washington Wizards 

Scott Brooks – Head Coach

Age: 55

Position: Guard

Height: 5’11

HS/College Career: Played one season at TCU, one season at San Joaquin delta, and two seasons at UC Irvine. He was named to the 1st team All-Conference his senior season.

Professional Career: Played in the CBA for a season and was on the All-Rookie team. Then, signed with the Philadelphia 76ers and played in the NBA for about a decade. Won a NBA championship with the Houston Rockets.

Landon Tatum – Player Development Coach

Age: 30

Position: Guard

Height: 5’11

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Idaho.

Professional Career: N/A

Jarell Christian – Assistant Coach

Age: 34

Position: Guard

Height: 6’1

HS/College Career: Played four seasons at Emory & Henry (DII).

Professional Career: N/A

Robert Pack – Assistant Coach

Age: 51

Position: Guard

Height: 6’2

HS/College Career: Played two seasons at Tyler Junior College before transferring to USC for two seasons.

Professional Career: Went undrafted and signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Played in the NBA for about thirteen years before ending his career overseas.

Alex McLean – Assistant Coach/Player Development Coach

Age: 35

Position: Forward

Height: 6’8

HS/College Career: Played two years at Suffolk Community College before transferring to Liberty for two years. He was 1st team All-Big South his senior year.

Professional Career: Played nine years overseas.

Team Summary: Another team with two players in their 50s, although both played in the NBA. Pack probably has a better chance than Brooks of making a big impact. McLean would be the best player, though, as he’s fresh off a successful international career.

 

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