Brooklyn Nets: 3 Under the Radar Head Coaching Candidates

Jacque Vaughn Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Tim Duncan

The former 2-time MVP, 15-time All-Star and 5-time NBA champion, Tim Duncan‘s achievements as a player speak for themselves.

Following his retirement, Duncan wasted little time in returning to the NBA landscape. Now one of the top assistants for the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan is in his first year in coaching.

The case for Duncan as a Nets head coaching candidate is simple. He understands the game arguably better than anyone in the past two decades outside of LeBron James.

He also just left the game as a player, giving him the advantage of understanding the modern style of play better than any other candidate.

Going along with that, Duncan has played against almost everyone on the Nets current roster and that could be a huge advantage when it comes to understanding each players’ strengths and weaknesses.

As a relatively younger coach, Duncan can relate much more easily to players rather than someone like Tom Thibodeau, creating a much better locker room dynamic as well as interpersonal relationships inside the organization.

Having said that, though, it may not make too much sense for Duncan to leave San Antonio right now. With Gregg Popovich likely nearing the end of his coaching career, the next logical choice to replace him would be Tim Duncan, and for a guy who spent his entire 19-year career playing for the Spurs, it’s obvious Duncan is all about loyalty and has a special connection with San Antonio.

It remains to be seen whether the Nets are interested in him and if they can lure him away to the Big Apple.