Lionel Hollins has been the more popular name out there given the Memphis Grizzlies performance in the playoffs but I want to make an argument for Brian Shaw and why he tops my list now. I don't really have anything against having Hollins as a head coach but I do feel his deficiencies will only make him a moderate improvement over Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo.
1. He's a winner and a leader
Brian Shaw was a member of four teams that made NBA Finals appearances, the 1995 Orlando Magic, 2000, 2001, and 2002 Lakers. The Lakers won the championship during those years and Shaq has gone out of his way to praise Shaw for his leadership during the now famous Shaq-Kobe feud.
2. He has extensive NBA coaching experience and is known for player development
Shaw has also served as an assistant coach for 8 years now, 6 as a protege of one of the best coaches in NBA history in Phil Jackson. More recently, he serves as the lead assistant for the Indiana Pacers and has been credited for his work in developing Paul George.
3. He's praised as a good X's and O's guy as well as a great motivator
Shaw has not only been praised by coaches and players alike for being a sharp minded and articulate coach, he's also a guy that knows what needs to be done to bring the best out of his players.