1.) Jacque Vaughn
Jacque Vaughn is deserving of the multi-year extension he received from the Brooklyn Nets for turning around a dismal season after the dismissal of Steve Nash. He took a franchise that lost the generational talents of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and finished the season 34-24, guiding them to the NBA Playoffs as the sixth seed while avoiding the Play-In Tournament altogether. Despite a first-round sweep at the hands of Joel Embiid and the 76ers, Vaughn showed his ability to lead and teach at a high level.
Spurs fans will remember Jacque Vaughn as a backup point guard to Tony Parker from 2006 to 2009. He brought veteran leadership to the team, carrying himself as a true professional in a limited role. He only played a total of 41 minutes in the 2007 NBA Finals, but Vaughn earned his championship ring by being an outstanding teammate. His intelligence and maturity as a player led to an opportunity as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich in 2010.
Coach Vaughn only spent two seasons in San Antonio before spreading his wings and landing his first head coaching gig in Orlando. He's had multiple stops across the league, accumulating plenty of knowledge and experience after spending over a decade on the sidelines. Last season, the California native showed he understands how to get a young team to work together and believe in each other. Brooklyn had a new swagger when he took over, and the Spurs could always use that energy.