Seven first-time coaches will be heading up NBA teams this upcoming season, and with the Celtics and 76ers still looking, that number could be even higher. This year's crop includes former players, longtime assistants, and one definite future Hall of Famer. Which one do you have the most confidence in heading into the offseason? Submit your rankings now!

First-time NBA coaches

Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer

Hawks
Spurs asst. coach, 1996-2013

Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford

Bobcats
Knicks asst. coach, 2001-03
Rockets asst. coach, 2003-07
Magic asst. coach, 2007-12
Lakers asst. coach, 2012-13

Jeff Hornacek

Jeff Hornacek

Suns
NBA All-Star
Jazz asst. coach, 2011-13

Dave Joerger

Dave Joerger

Grizzlies
Grizzlies asst.coach, 2007-13

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Nets
10-time NBA All-Star
NBA champion with Mavericks
First coaching position

Mike Malone

Mike Malone

Kings
Knicks asst.coach, 2001-05
Cavaliers asst. coach, 2005-10
Hornets asst. coach, 2010-11
Warriors asst. coach, 2011-13

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

Nuggets
Three-time NBA champion with Lakers
Lakers asst. coach, 2005-11
Pacers asst. coach, 2011-13

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