There are only a few guys in the NBA, like Kidd, that command enough respect to immediately lead a team but there are certainly a bunch of guys that have the potential to eventually work their way up.
The 14-year vet is 10th all-time in assists but could probably be a big man's coach if he wants to. Even though he's never been much of a shooter, he's still able to be productive all these years later using body position, patience, and experience. Miller is still effective despite the fact that his afro is probably his most impressive physical quality.
He throws a great lob and has one of the best arrays of post skills in the game today. That range indicates that this guy understands the game and can design a plan around his own abilities--something that any coach has to do for his players.
Maybe a team would need an X's and O's guy, but I could definitely see KG slapping the floor from the sidelines getting his troops fired up for a key defensive possession. And Garnett is a respected winner and an established star in the league, like Kidd, that younger players already look to for guidance.
Just this week, the winner of the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award publicly criticized Blake Griffin, saying that Griffin is too soft. If it came out of someone else's mouth, it could have easily led to some LA drama, but everyone seems to recognize that he's building his young teammate up and showing him what it takes to be a winner.
Shane is widely considered to be the smartest and most articulate player in the league, at least that's his reputation. And reputation matters when you're tasked with leading a group of grown men. Battier probably wouldn't be the in-your-face presence that KG is, but he seems like the type that could really get inside his players' heads and harness their emotions. He would fit into the Phil Jackson category of coaches that could
Redick has gone from being considered a bust to a quality role player in the NBA. He still hasn't lived up to the expectations he created for himself during his tremendous college career, but he's accepted his shortcomings as a player, committed himself to a role, and continued to improve his game.
Now, he gets consistent minutes, scores double digit points, and may actually be a target for several teams this offseason. He'll never be known for his clutch performances or star status, but players respect work ethic and commitment to the game, two things that Redick has displayed during his career.
What other players out there do you think will follow in Jason Kidd's footsteps and jump into coaching when they hang up the sneakers for good?