George Karl's Player List: Best Leader

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl reveals the best leader he's had in 24 NBA seasons
by Aaron Lopez

Leadership comes in different packages.

Some lead by example, others inspire through speech, while the great ones effectively combine both traits.

In his 24 NBA seasons, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl has seen leaders of all types – from the outwardly self-confident (Sam Cassell and Gary Payton) to the quietly efficient (Nate McMillan and Andre Miller) to the ice-veined shotmakers (Ray Allen and Chauncey Billups).

So which one was the best leader?

After revealing his choices for most talented and fastest players he’s ever coached, Karl pondered the leadership question in the latest installment of a video series on

McMillan and Payton helped the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1996 NBA Finals, while Allen and Cassell were the leaders of a Milwaukee Bucks team that reached the 2000-01 Eastern Conference finals.

In Denver, Billups was the floor general for a Nuggets team that advance to the West finals for the first time in 24 years.

With no shortage of highly qualified candidates, Karl narrowed his choice down to two before settling on his final answer.

Watch the video to find out who Karl considers the best leader he’s ever coached.

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