Build Your Dream NBA Team, and We’ll Guess What Kind of Coach You’d Be

By: Gavin Thagard
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Build Your Dream NBA Team, and We’ll Guess What Kind of Coach You’d Be
Image: Wikicommons by Keith Allison

About This Quiz

The lottery is over, you've already discovered your draft position, and you have a list of players who you want to add to your roster. There are going to be some tough decisions, though. Do you want that ball-dominant point guard who can light it up from beyond the arc, or would you prefer the two-way wing who can play above the rim? More importantly, what do these decisions tell you about who you are as a coach?

It's different being a coach in the NBA than in other sports leagues — particularly the NFL and MLB — because NBA rosters are built around star power, as one player can carry a weak team deep into the playoffs and sometimes to the NBA Finals. That means coaches have to be smart about how they handle those star players and the pieces around them, but it doesn't mean coaches go about it the same way.

Are you ready to find out what type of coach you would be in the NBA? Perhaps you're a disciplinarian who enjoys strict structure, or you might be the player-friendly coach who isn't afraid to give some power to the players. Build out an NBA roster from the stars in this quiz, and find out where you fall on the NBA coaching scale.

Question 1 - Russell Westbrook These players recently won the NBA MVP. Which one do you want to be the MVP of your team?
Giannis Antetokounmpo
James Harden
Russell Westbrook
Stephen Curry

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Question 2 - Hayes Who is your draft pick going to be if these first-overall picks are up for grabs?
James Worthy
Chris Webber
Glenn Robinson
Elvin Hayes

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Question 3 - Shaq If you wanted to build an NBA team starting with the interior, which of these big men are you taking?
Hakeem Olajuwon
Patrick Ewing
David Robinson
Shaquille O'Neal

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Question 4 - Klay Thompson The game is on the line, and you need a three-pointer to tie it before the buzzer sounds. Who do you trust to take the shot?
Ray Allen
Damian Lillard
Reggie Miller
Klay Thompson

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Question 5 - Bill Russell Which of these former legends would you want on your squad?
Bill Russell
Oscar Robertson
Jerry West
Wilt Chamberlain

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Question 6 - Kobe When it comes to all-time greats for the Los Angeles Lakers, where does your loyalty lie?
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Kobe Bryant
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Elgin Baylor

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Question 7 - Stockton Every team needs a point guard who can set up other players with scoring opportunities. Which of these elite passers do you want?
Jason Kidd
John Stockton
Steve Nash
Chris Paul

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Question 8 - Duncan These champions all have multiple titles on their resume. Select the one who best fits your roster.
Michael Jordan
LeBron James
Larry Bird
Tim Duncan

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Question 9 - Kevin Durant Would you rather have one of these veterans or a rising star for one season?
Kevin Durant
Trae Young
Jimmy Butler
Luka Doncic

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Question 10 - Alonzo Mourning Do you follow the defensive side of the ball well enough to know which of these shot blockers you'd want on your team?
Manute Bol
Dikembe Mutombo
Dwight Howard
Alonzo Mourning

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Question 11 - Kawhi Leonard Of these players currently in the middle of their prime, who are you taking?
Kawhi Leonard
Anthony Davis
Kyrie Irving
Paul George

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Question 12 - Thurmond Are you familiar enough with these Hall of Famers to identify the one who you would add to your roster?
Hal Greer
Willis Reed
John Havlicek
Nate Thurmond

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Question 13 - Rodman Rebounding is a critical part of the game. If you needed some key boards late in a game, which star rebounder are you relying on?
Dennis Rodman
Elvin Hayes
Moses Malone
Karl Malone

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Question 14 - Marc Gasol What European player do you think could help you win a title?
Dirk Nowitzki
Tony Parker
Pau Gasol
Marc Gasol

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Question 15 - Wade Superstars often need other stars to win championships. Pick the No. 2 option you'd like to have.
Dwyane Wade
Julius Erving
Scottie Pippen
Kevin McHale

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Question 16 - Iverson If you need a bucket, you'll want to go to one of these elite scorers. Who are you going with?
Allen Iverson
Carmelo Anthony
Dominique Wilkins
Bernard King

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Question 17 - Ben Wallace Have you watched basketball long enough to know which of these defensive stars you would want guarding the other team's best player?
Sidney Moncrief
Mark Eaton
Ben Wallace
Ron Artest

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Question 18 - Kyle Korver How are you using your late-round draft pick if these star role players are available?
Kyle Korver
Kevin Love
Chris Bosh
Chauncey Billups

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Question 19 - Ben Simmons Would you rather have one of these young players or former stars?
Nikola Jokic
Paul Pierce
Ben Simmons
Gary Payton

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Question 20 - Tracy McGrady Which of these scoring champions do you want on your squad?
Rick Barry
Bob McAdoo
George Gervin
Tracy McGrady

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Question 21 - Green The clock's rolling down, and you need someone to protect the basket from the opposing team's best offensive player. Where does your loyalty lie?
Rudy Gobert
Draymond Green
Tyson Chandler
Marcus Camby

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Question 22 - Kevin Garnett All of these Celtics stars won a championship in different decades. Who would you want leading your team to a title?
Kevin Garnett
Robert Parish
Dave Cowens
Bob Cousy

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Question 23 - Grant Hill Select the player who never won a championship that you would still trust to play for you.
Charles Barkley
Shawn Kemp
Penny Hardaway
Grant Hill

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Question 24 - Rajon Rondo You want your team to come out hot from the opening tipoff. Which of these point guards are you trusting to get things going early?
Rajon Rondo
Mark Jackson
Andre Miller
Maurice Cheeks

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Question 25 - Shane Battier Occasionally, teams sign defensive specialists to improve the defensive side of the court. Are you familiar enough with these defensive studs to know which one you'd sign?
Kendrick Perkins
Roy Hibbert
Shane Battier
Trevor Ariza

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Question 26 - Ginobili What former NBA Sixth Man of the Year do you want coming off the bench?
Jamal Crawford
Manu Ginobili
Mike Miller
Jason Terry

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Question 27 - Bill Walton If you're looking to add an NBA Finals MVP for some championship pedigree, who are you taking?
Andre Iguodala
Dennis Johnson
Bill Walton
Wes Unseld

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Question 28 - Thomas Do you know these members of the "Bad Boy" Pistons well enough to know which one you're adding to your roster?
Mark Aguirre
Joe Dumars
Bill Laimbeer
Isiah Thomas

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Question 29 - Drexler Would you rather have one of these stars from the '80s or '90s?
Adrian Dantley
Clyde Drexler
Alex English
Chris Mullin

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Question 30 - Carter Longevity is sometimes the key to success in the NBA. Which of these players with some of the longest careers in NBA history are you taking?
Kevin Willis
Vince Carter
James Edwards
Charles Oakley

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