Coaching Trees and Coaching Graphs

Coaching Trees and Coaching Graphs

The 2018-19 NBA season has started, Spoelstra apprentice David Fizdale has taken charge of the Knicks, Pop acolyte Mike Budenholzer is in Milwaukee, and journeryman assistant Igor Kokostov is leading the maybe-not-terrible Suns. In other words, it’s an ideal moment to gaze at coaching trees. As quickly becomes apparent from the data, however, full NBA coaching trees are better thought of as gnarled bushes, with head coaches and assistants bouncing around the league, forming multiple, inter-woven connections.