Top 5 NBA Player-Coach Duos right now
A healthy player-coach relationship is essential for success in any sport. While some players flourish under a great coach to become the best player they can be, a lot of great players constantly under-perform under not so great coaches. There are plenty of examples for the latter and very few for the former.
Good coaches are hard to come by. What's harder to come by are players who are students of the game. Only when these two rarities happen and the basketball gods make the two meet, a duo is born. Players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan are the best of the best and some part of it is owed to the incredible coaches they got.
Today's article is about 5 current Player-Coach duos in the NBA that make the sport of basketball worth it.
#5 Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jason Kidd
This is truly a match made in the basketball heaven. As an extremely oversized point guard, Giannis couldn't have gotten a better coach than Jason Kidd, who himself was a tall point guard. Giannis has spent three of his four seasons with Kidd. To get the kind of exposure Giannis has got, and still getting, so early in his career is invaluable.
Certain facets of Giannis' game have 'The Jason Kidd book of Basketball' written all over them. Whether it's constantly pushing the ball up the court or always looking for the breakout man, Giannis is doing it and doing it well.
The reigning Most Improved Player owes it to Kidd and the vice versa holds true as well. Their work and time spent together is finally bearing fruit this season when Giannis is playing at his absolute best. He's averaging career highs in points and rebounds in 14 games so far. All of this is a mere brewing of the storm that's about to take over the league.