San Antonio Spurs All-Time Lists

Spurs: Popovich's 5 most successful coaching tree proteges

Miguel De Guzman
Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics
Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich at the Tokyo Olympics / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages
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Aside from producing great players that affect winning on the court at the highest level, the San Antonio Spurs are also an organization that has produced plenty of front office staff, assistant coaches, and head coaches who have continued their careers with other teams at varying levels of success. The league is filled with head coaches and assistant coaches who, at some point in their career, either played for the Spurs or were an assistant coach with the team under Gregg Popovich.

Adam Silver himself has recognized the amount of head coaches, assistants, and other front office personnel who were once affiliated with the Spurs, specifically mentioning and thanking Gregg Popovich for running an academy for future head coaches for the NBA.

Here are five of the most notable former Spurs assistants or players who have become solid head coaches with other organizations.

5. Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon’s coaching career started in 2014 when she was named as one of Gregg Popovich’s assistants. Her signing marked the very first time that a female assistant coach held a full-time position not only in the NBA but in the four major professional sports in North America. During her time with the organization, she received tons of praise for her ability to coach not only from Spurs players and coaching staff; but also from other players around the league and from Commissioner Adam Silver himself.

She also took the responsibility as the head coach of the Spurs Summer League team in 2015, leading them to a championship. Her coaching performance caught the attention of several teams within the NBA who were searching for a new head coach, and several members of the NBA family believe that Becky Hammon might just become the very first woman to lead an NBA team.

This previous season, Hammon returned to the WNBA after agreeing to a deal to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces. In her maiden season with them, she led the Aces to a 26-10 record and the first seed in the playoffs. Her team dominated the competition throughout the post season and her first year as head coach culminated with the Aces winning the WNBA title and Hammon winning the Coach of the Year award.

Her first season as head coach should be a sign that we can expect great things from Becky Hammon’s coaching career.