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Of the 30 current NBA head coaches, a staggering 22 have previous NBA playing experience:

Mike Woodson, Atlanta Hawks

Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics

Vinnie Del Negro, Chicago Bulls

Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks

George Karl, Denver Nuggets (NBA and ABA)

Michael Curry, Detroit Pistons

Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors

Rick Adelman, Houston Rockets

Mike Dunleavy Sr., Los Angeles Clippers

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

Marc Iavaroni, Memphis Grizzlies

Scott Skiles, Milwaukee Bucks

Randy Wittman, Minnesota Timberwolves

Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets

Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks

Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers

Terry Porter, Phoenix Suns

Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers

Reggie Theus, Sacramento Kings

Sam Mitchell, Toronto Raptors

Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz

Eddie Jordan, Washington Wizards

Additionally, Larry Brown of the Charlotte Bobcats never played in the NBA but did play in the ABA.

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Among the 30 current general managers in the NBA, 14 have had previous NBA playing experience:

Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics

Rod Higgins, Charlotte Bobcats

John Paxson, Chicago Bulls

Danny Ferry, Cleveland Cavaliers

Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons

Chris Mullin, Golden State Warriors

Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Clippers

Mitch Kupchak, Los Angeles Lakers

Kiki Vandeweghe, New Jersey Nets

Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

Steve Kerr, Phoenix Suns

Kevin Pritchard, Portland Trail Blazers

Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings

Ernie Grunfeld, Washington Wizards

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Phi-John Stevens

Nj-Jacques Lemaire

NYI- Scott Gordon

Pit- Dan Bylsma

TB- Rick Tocchet

Atl- John Anderson

Was- Bruce Boudreau

Tor- Ron Wilson

Bos- Claude julien

Buf- Lindy Ruff

Edm- Pat Quinn

Cal- Brent sutter

Van- Alain Vigneault

Min- Todd Richards

Colo- Joe Sacco

Ana- Randy Carlisle

SJ- Todd mcLellan

Dal- Marc Crawford

Pho- Wayne Gretzky

LA- Terry Murray

Chi- Joel Quenneville

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