Becoming an NBA coach is a difficult task. Firstly, you have to know and understand a variety of strategies so you need to have a lot of relevant experience. Secondly, coaching jobs in the NBA are scarce so you need to network and get in with the right people in order to get a foot in the door. This ‘Youngest NBA Coach’ list describes 5 men who began their careers being great basketball players before landing the role of coach for an NBA team.
Erik Spoelstra’s latest ‘back-to-back’ NBA Finals titles as head coach of the Miami Heat since age 37, as well as the Boston Celtics’ recent hire of Brad Stevens as the youngest current NBA head coach as he approaches age 37, are some of the young blood to coach the game. However, other basketball greats made calls on the hardwood before they hit their 30s.
5.) John Thomas Marshall — Age 28
Tom Marshall coached the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) from 1958 to 1960, first as player-coach when he was 28, followed by assuming the full-fledged coach role. His 129-game coaching career yielded a 35-94 won-loss record.
Prior to his coaching career, he played for the Royals when they were still based in Rochester from 1954 to 1955 and 1956 to 1957, before and after he served in the U.S. Army, as well as for the Detroit Pistons from 1957 and1958, before returning to the Royals in Cincinnati.