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NBA Draft Kit: Coaching Tiers

James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.

If you listen to talking heads sound off about the dynamics of a franchise, you'll often hear recycled league maxims like, It's a player's league, or You need a superstar to win, or better yet, You need at least TWO superstars to win.

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The behavior of front offices certainly backs up this rationale, but owners and general managers also seem to care a great deal about who coaches their players. So much so that 14 of the league's 30 franchises will begin the 2013-14 season with a different head coach than the one they had at the start of last season. The motivation for changing leadership at the coaching level varies on a case-by-case basis, and examining it really does little to answer the question of how important a team's head coach is. For all we know, a good chunk of t

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