NBA Player Poll: Byron Scott Among Least-Preferred Coaches

Despite taking two teams from the cellar to championship contention and currently in the midst of rebuilding a 19-win franchise in Cleveland, nine percent of NBA players surveyed by Sports Illustrated list Byron Scott as the coach they would least like to play for.

A survey answered by 134 current NBA players, Boston’s Doc Rivers received 22 percent of the vote for coach players would most like to play for while Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy brought up the tail with 22 percent voting him as the least enticing option. Milwaukee’s Scott Skiles (14 percent) split Van Gundy and Scott on the List of Least with former Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown receiving four percent of the vote — good enough for fifth.

Van Gundy, Skiles and Scott are three NBA coaches who are notoriously known for demanding a lot of of their players. Van Gundy is one of the league’s least laid back individuals, an intense worker who demands the same from his players. Skiles is known as one of the league’s biggest no-nonsense, in-your-face sideline chancellors in the game. Scott holds the dreaded “Camp Scott” during the preseason, frequently claiming the stomachs of countless out-of-shape players. Brown is most known for his willingness to forgo elevated point totals and pace for improved, stout defense.

Offering considerable insight as to who today’s ever-coddled NBA players prefer, the currently unemployed Mike D’Antoni — he of the Defense Optional style and one playoff appearance since 2008 — received 21 percent of the vote for coaches who they would most like to play for.

If it’s any consolation for Scott, it appears that the feelings are mutual.

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  • mgbode

    is Paul Silas just not considered a coach by players then?  or such an afterthought they would never queue him up to think about?

    I mean we just have an angry coach who derides players in public and in practice who manages to get terrible teams to play below their expectations.  But, besides that he is great.

  • 5KMD

    Also, back in 7th grade we all hated the math teacher who wouldn’t let us chew gum in class and made really hard tests.

    We all loved the social studies teacher who didn’t care if we paid attention.

  • Jaker

    Byron Scott is a very good coach. The reason that he received so many votes is because of how bad the Cavs were last year, how bad some of the losses have been this year, and they see how hard he runs his players into peak condition. The ones voting for him as least are the ones who don’t wanna work and just want a paycheck. And Semih Erden.

    In a year or two, when the Cavs have their stones in place and start making the playoffs, Scott will be much higher up on the desired side.

  • cmm13

    You beat me to it; but here was mine…

    In a related story young children hate when parents will not allow them to eat their dessert before dinner.

    Film at 11.

  • cmm13

    Agreed, had Byron landed the Lakers job and was currently navigating Kobe towards another ring, this poll would most likely look a little different.

  • Harv 21

    Any truth to the rumor that Ryan Hollins and JJ Hickson were stuffing the ballot box?

  • pete

    I HATE it when a coach tries to get the most out of a player.

  • It just HAD to be the social studies teacher, didn’t it?

  • It just HAD to be the social studies teacher, didn’t it?

  • steve-o

    If our coach has a reputation for geting the most out of his players and this keeps the marshmellows away, then fine with me

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Silas reportedly got into an “altercation” with Tyrus Thomas last night after Charlotte’s latest lay down.  Go Paul go!!!

  • Albert

    This has nothing to do with the Cavs win/loss record.  I remember several articles on how he lost the team in New Orleans, with the vast majority of players tuning him out in the huddle.

  • 5KMD

    Well if the science teacher didn’t keep things in check, something got blown up.

  • mgbode

    I’d put my money on Silas in that battle. Ty is still too skinny.

  • Humboldt

     In all fairness, if there is social unrest things also get blown up…

  • mgbode

    if the study of social unrest causes social unrest that carries over into the science class and results in things being blown up, then I think we all understand why that science teacher was such a disciplinarian now.

  • TobaccoRoad

    This means nothing to me.  Regardless of whether or not Scott is the coach, it’s not like these “players” were thinking of coming to Cleveland anyway.

    As long as Kyrie, Tristan and the rest of the building blocks we continue to accumulate like Scott, I’m good.

  • Derek

    It’s so tough being an NBA player. How can coaches expect these guys to play defense and be in shape. They should just play three on three so it is not so congested when they run a fast break and go up for a dunk.   

  • AlexMathews

    But Chris Paul liked him. If the superstar likes the coach, I think that carries more weight than role players, IMO.
    I have a feeling that rookies and players just coming into the league have a lot more respect and appreciation for Coach Scott than veterans, because most rookies desperately need and crave that work ethic and discipline in adapting their game to the NBA. I can see why a veteran at the tail end of their career might be turned off by this approach, though.

  • gren

    Exactly. The least preferred coach because he makes you work and earn your paycheck. 

  • hamnyc

    these players today is like eating an ice cream cone on a very hot summer day (SOFT)!! why do you think they don’t stay in college anymore. can’t stand discpline!! Soft cry babies!!
    then broke after they leave the league!! SOFT & STUPID!!

  • JM

    If I had to rank Cleveland coaches, he would probaly be tied with Acta or slightly ahead of him.

  • pete

    Ahead of Gary Waters, the Lake Monsters coach, the St. Ignatius JV football coach, then Pat Shurmur?