The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday that Hall of Famer Karl Malone will join the franchise's coaching staff in some capacity to help mentor the team's big men. Earlier in the week, one of Malone's former teammates, Jeff Hornacek, was hired as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns.

Hornacek, previously an assistant in Utah, and Malone are part of a long list of former players turned coaches.

According to a study done by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, former basketball players who had long careers, or were selected as All-Stars, had statistically higher winning percentages as head coaches.

"Having a former All-Star player as your coach is worth about six extra places in the NBA rankings in team winning percentage," said Larry Kahn, a professor of labor economics and collective bargaining at Cornell’s ILR School. "We were surprised at the strength of the statistical evidence."

Using data from 15,000 basketball games between 1996 and 2004, researchers found that teams coached by former NBA All-Stars had an average winning percentage of .495, while coaches who were not All-Stars had an average winning percentage of .376.

As Hornacek and Malone assume new coaching positions, here is a list of NBA players turned head coaches:

Bill Russell

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1956-69

Teams as a coach:

Boston Celtics 1966-69

Seattle SuperSonics 1973-77

Sacramento Kings 1987-88

During his playing career, Russell was a 12-time NBA All-Star and a five-time NBA MVP.

After playing for 10 years with the Boston Celtics, Russell was offered a job as player-coach of the Celtcs in 1966 to replace the retiring Red Auerbach. Russell accepted and became the first black coach in NBA history.

As a player-coach he won two titles with the Celtics, bringing his total number of championships to 11.

Following his retirement as a player he coached four seasons in Seattle, making the playoffs twice. He also coached a portion of one season in Sacramento before being fired.

Phil Jackson

Teams as a player:

New York Knicks 1967-78

New Jersey Nets 1978-80

Teams as a coach:

Chicago Bulls 1989-98

Los Angeles Lakers 1999-2004

Los Angeles Lakers 2005-11

Jackson won two championships with the Knicks, spending most of his playing career coming off the bench.

As a coach, Jackson was known for his multiple three-peats, with the Bulls and the Lakers. He is widely credited with popularizing the triangle offense, and has the highest career winning percentage in NBA history at .704.

Jackson led Michael Jordan and the Bulls to six NBA Championships in nine seasons. After taking a year off in 1999, Jackson joined the Lakers, where he won three NBA championships during his first three seasons. He eventually won two more championships with the Lakers, bringing his combined championship total to 11, the most in NBA history.

Doc Rivers

Teams as a player:

Atlanta Hawks 1983-91

Los Angeles Clippers 1991-92

New York Knicks 1992-94

San Antonio Spurs 1994-96

Teams as a coach:

Orlando Magic 1999-2003

Boston Celtics 2004-Present

As a player, Rivers was named to the All-Star team in 1988 and was named the FIBA World Championship MVP in 1982.

Rivers spent five years as the Orlando Magic head coach where he made the playoffs three times. After being fired by the Magic, he was hired by the Boston Celtics.

In 2008, Rivers and the Celtics won the NBA championship despite the team not making the playoffs the season before. His Celtics have since made another finals appearance, in 2010, which they lost to the Lakers.

Lenny Wilkens

Teams as a player:

St. Louis Hawks 1960-68

Seattle SuperSonics 1968-72

Cleveland Cavaliers 1972-74

Portland Trail Blazers 1974-75

Teams as a coach:

Seattle SuperSonics 1969-72

Portland Trail Blazers 1974-76

Seattle SuperSonics 1977-85

Cleveland Cavaliers 1986-93

Atlanta Hawks 1993-2000

Toronto Raptors 2000-2003

New York Knicks 2004-2005

Wilkens had a 15-year NBA playing career with four teams. He also made nine All-Star appearances.

Wilkens began his coaching career while he was still a player and served as a player-coach while with the SuperSonics and Trail Blazers. After retiring from playing he was rehired as the SuperSonics' head coach, where he lead the team to the 1979 NBA championship.

In 1994 he was named NBA Coach of the Year with the Atlanta Hawks.

Dave DeBusschere

Teams as a player:

Detroit Pistons 1962-68

New York Knicks 1968-74

Teams as a coach:

Detroit Pistons


After playing two NBA seasons, DeBusschere was named the Pistons' player-coach in 1964, becoming the youngest coach in NBA history at 24.

His stint as a player-coach was largely unsuccessful and he was eventually traded to the New York Knicks, where he won two NBA championships.

As a player he was selected to eight All-Star teams and six NBA All-Defensive First Teams.

Danny Ainge

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1981-89

Sacramento Kings 1989-90

Portland Trail Blazers 1990-92

Phoenix Suns 1992-95

Teams as a coach:

Phoenix Suns 1996-99

As a player, Ainge won two NBA championships with the Celtics and was named to the 1988 NBA All-Star team. He also played professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Celtics.

As a coach, the former BYU star spent three seasons with Phoenix before resigning at the beginning of the 1999 season to spend more time with his family. He posted a .602 winning percentage and made the playoffs in all three full seasons he coached.

Jerry Sloan

Teams as a player:

Baltimore Bullets 1965-66

Chicago Bulls 1966-76

Teams as a coach:

Chicago Bulls 1979-82

Utah Jazz 1988-2011

As a player Sloan had a very productive career. He was named an All-Star twice and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times. His No. 4 was retired by the Bulls.

Sloan was also very successful as a coach. After spending three seasons with Chicago, Sloan was hired by the Utah Jazz. He spent 22 seasons with the team. He led the Jazz during the Stockton-Malone era, helping the team to its only two NBA Finals appearances in franchise history.

Larry Bird

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1979-92

Teams as a coach:

Indiana Pacers 1997-2000

Bird is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history and helped lead the Celtics to three titles, being named finals MVP twice and regular-season MVP three times.

He made 12 All-Star appearances and was the 1980 NBA Rookie of the Year.

As a coach, he compiled a .687 winning percentage in three seasons, leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals three times and NBA Finals once. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1998.

Maurice Cheeks

Teams as a player:

Philadelphia 76ers 1978-89

San Antonio Spurs 1989-90

New York Knicks 1990-91

Atlanta Hawks 1991-92

New Jersey Nets 93

Teams as a coach:

Portland Trail Blazers 2001-05

Philadelphia 76ers 2005-08

As a player, Cheeks was named to four All-Star rosters and four NBA All-Defensive First Teams. In 1983 he won an NBA championship with the 76ers. His No. 10 was retired by Philadelphia.

He spent three seasons each as head coach of the Trail Blazers and 76ers, being fired midseason both times. Currently he is an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Larry Brown

Teams as a player:

New Orleans Buccaneers 1967-68

Oakland Oats 1968-69

Washington Caps 1969-70

Virginia Squires 1970-71

Denver Rockets 1971-72

Teams as a coach:

Denver Nuggets 1974-79

New Jersey Nets 1981-83

San Antonio Spurs 1988-92

Los Angeles Clippers 1992-93

Indiana Pacers 1993-97

Philadelphia 76ers 1997-2003

Detroit Pistons 2003-05

New York Knicks 2005-06

As a player, Brown had a journeyman career, playing for a different team in each of his five seasons in the ABA. However, he did make three ABA All-Star teams and won an ABA championship in 1969.

Brown's coaching career has mirrored his playing career. Including stints as a college coach, Brown has coached 14 teams during his career. He was named the 1988 Naismith College Coach of the Year in 1988 and led the Detroit Pistons in an upset over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals.

Mike Woodson

Teams as a player:

New York Knicks 1980-81

Kansas City/Sacramento Kings 1981-86

Los Angeles Clippers 1986-88

Houston Rockets 1988-90

Cleveland Cavaliers 1990

Teams as a coach:

Atlanta Hawks 2004-10

New York Knicks 2012-Present

As a player Woodson had great success with the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, averaging 12.2 points with the team.

As a coach, Woodson has made the playoffs in five of eight seasons. In 2012 he led the New York Knicks to the conference semifinals after winning the Atlantic Division.

Dave Cowens

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1970-80

Milwaukee Bucks 1982-83

Teams as a coach:

Boston Celtics 1978-79

Charlotte Hornets 1996-99

Golden State Warriors 2000-02

As a player, Cowens was named to seven NBA All-Star teams. He was named the 1971 Rookie of the Year, 1973 NBA MVP and won two NBA titles. He is one of only four players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season.

Despite his illustrious playing career, he only coached six seasons, one of which was as a player-coach. His teams made the playoffs twice.

Paul Silas

Teams as a player:

St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks 1964-69

Phoenix Suns 1969-72

Bostons Celtics 1972-76

Denver Nuggets 1976-77

Seattle SuperSonics 1977-80

Teams as a coach:

San Diego Clippers 1980-83

Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets 1998-2003

Cleveland Cavaliers 2003-05

Charlotte Bobcats 2010-12

As a player, Silas won three NBA championships and was named to the All-Star team twice. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team twice.

Silas has had a lackluster coaching career, however, posting a .442 winning percentage. During the 2011-12 season Silas coached the Charlotte Bobcats to the worst winning percentage in NBA history, posting a .106 mark during a 7-59 season.

Byron Scott

Teams as a player:

Los Angeles Lakers 1983-93

Indiana Pacers 1993-95

Vancouver Grizzlies 1995-96

Los Angeles Lakers 1996-97

Teams as a coach:

New Jersey Nets 2000-04

New Orleans Hornets 2004-09

Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-13

As a player, Scott was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers and was named to the 1984 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Scott was the 2008 NBA Coach of the Year. He made the NBA Finals two consecutive seasons with the Nets but was fired midway through the 2003-04 season. After his two finals appearances, his teams only made the playoffs twice in the next 10 seasons.

Magic Johnson

Teams as a player:

Los Angeles Lakers 1979-91, 1995-96

Teams as a coach:

Los Angeles Lakers 1994

A 12-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion, Johnson is one of the greatest players of all time. He was named league MVP three times and finals MVP three times. He set numerous Laker and NBA records during his career.

Johnson only coached 16 games with the Lakers, going 5-11.

Paul Westphal

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1972-75

Phoenix Suns 1975-80

Seattle SuperSonics 1980-81

New York Knicks 1981-83

Phoenix Suns 1983-84

Teams as a coach:

Phoenix Suns 1988-96

Seattle SuperSonics 1998-2000

Sacramento Kings 2009-12

As a player, Westphal won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics. He was a five-time NBA All-Star and was named to three All-NBA First Teams.

As a coach he made the NBA Finals in his first season with the Phoenix Suns. Despite his initial success, his teams only made the playoffs four times in 10 seasons.

M.L. Carr

Teams as a player:

Detroit Pistons 1977-79

Boston Celtics 1979-85

Teams as a coach:

Boston Celtics 1995-97

As a player, Carr won two NBA championships with the Celtics.

He coached the Celtics for two seasons posting a record of 48-116.

Tommy Heinsohn

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1956-65

Teams as a coach:

Boston Celtics 1969-78

As a player, Heinsohn won eight NBA championships, was named to six All-Star teams and was named the 1957 Rookie of the Year.

He coached the Celtics to two championships and was named the 1973 Coach of the Year.

Bob Cousy

Teams as a player:

Boston Celtics 1950-63

Cincinnati Royals 1969-70

Teams as a coach:

Cincinnati Royals 1969-73

Kansas City-Omaha Kings 1972-74

As a player, Cousy won six NBA championships, was a 13-time All-Star, was named to 10 All-NBA First Teams and was the 1957 NBA MVP.

He spent four seasons as an NBA coach, but had disappointing results, posting a .403 win percentage.

Don Nelson

Teams as a player:

Chicago Zephyrs 1962-63

Los Angeles Lakers 1963-65

Boston Celtics 1965-76

Teams as a coach:

Milwaukee Bucks 1976-87

Golden State Warriors 1988-95

New York Knicks 1995-96

Dallas Mavericks 1997-2005

Golden State Warriors 2006-10

As a player, Nelson won five NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. His No. 19 was retired by the franchise.

Despite never making the NBA Finals as a coach, he is considered one of the better coaches in NBA history. He has a career .557 winning percentage and has won eight division titles.

Pat Riley

Teams as a player:

San Diego Rockets 1967-70

Los Angeles Lakers 1970-75

Phoenix Suns 1975-76

Teams as a coach:

Los Angeles Lakers 1981-90

New York Knicks 1991-95

Miami Heat 1995-2003, 2005-08

As a player, Riley spent most of his career coming off the bench. He won the 1972 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

As a coach, Riley is regarded as one of the best of all time. He has won five NBA championships and three NBA Coach of the Year Awards. He is currently an executive with the Miami Heat.

Scott Skiles

Teams as a player:

Milwaukee Bucks 1986-87

Indiana Pacers 1987-89

Orlando Magic 1989-94

Washington Bullets 1994-95

Philadelphia 76ers 1995-96

Teams as a coach:

Phoenix Suns 1999-2002

Chicago Bulls 2003-07

Milwaukee Bucks 2008-13

As a player, Skiles played 10 seasons in the NBA before playing one season in Greece. He set an NBA record for assists in one game with 30 in 1990. In 1991 he was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

He has coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. In January 2013 he resigned from the Bucks after consecutive losing seasons.

Eddie Jordan

Teams as a player:

Cleveland Cavaliers 1977

New Jersey Nets 1977-80

Los Angeles Lakers 1980-83

Portland Trail Blazers 84

Los Angeles Lakers 84

Teams as a coach:

Sacramento Kings 1997-98

Washington Wizards 2004-08

Philadelphia 76ers 2009-10

As a player, Jordan led the league in steals during the 1979 season. He won the 1982 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.

As a coach, Jordan spent two seasons with Sacramento, six seasons with the Washington Wizards and one season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

In 2013, he was hired as the head coach of Rutgers University.

Nate McMillan

Teams as a player:

Seattle SuperSonics 1986-98

Teams as a coach:

Seattle SuperSonics 2000-05

Portland Trail Blazers 2005-12

As a player McMillan spent his entire career in Seattle. He led the NBA in steals in the 133-94 season and set an NBA rookie record for steals in a single game with 25.

As a coach he was an assistant with Team USA during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He spent five seasons with the SuperSonics and six full seasons with the Trail Blazers before being fired midseason in 2012.

Sam Mitchell

Teams as a player:

Minnesota Timberwolves 1989-92

Indiana Pacers 1992-95

Minnesota Timberwolves 1995-2002

Teams as a coach:

Toronto Raptors 2004-08

As a player, Mitchell ranks second in Minnesota history in points, steals and minutes played, and is third in total rebounds.

He was named Coach of the Year in 2007 leading the Raptors to an Atlantic Division title.

Tyron Corbin

Teams as a player:

San Antonio Spurs 1985-87

Cleveland Cavaliers 1987-88

Phoenix Suns 1988-89

Minnesota Timberwolves 1989-91

Utah Jazz 1991-94

Atlanta Hawks 1994-95

Sacramento Kings 1995-96

Miami Heat 1996

Atlanta Hawks 1996-99

Sacramento Kings 1999-2000

Toronto Raptors 2000-01

Teams as a coach:

Utah Jazz 2011-Present

As a player, Corbin had a journeyman career, never staying with a team more than three seasons. At one point during his career he played in 415 consecutive games.

Corbin has been the head coach of the Jazz for two seasons, posting a .494 win percentage.

Doug Collins

Teams as a player:

Philadelphia 76ers 1973-81

Teams as a coach:

Chicago Bulls 1986-89

Detroit Pistons 1995-98

Washington Wizards 2001-03

Philadelphia 76ers 2010-13

He was a four-time NBA All-Star as a player after being the first overall draft pick in 1973.

As a coach, his teams have made the playoffs seven of his 11 seasons.

Mike D'Antoni

Teams as a player:

Kansas City-Omaha Kings 1973-76

Spirits of St. Louis 1976-77

San Antonio Spurs 1977-78

Olimpia Milano 1978-90

Teams as a coach:

Denver Nuggets 1998-99

Portland Trail Blazers 2000-01

Phoenix Suns 2003-08

New York Knicks 2008-12

Los Angeles Lakers 2012-Present

After a journeyman stint in the states, D'Antoni spent 12 seasons in Italy winning five Italian league titles.

D'Antoni has had mixed success as a coach. He made the conference finals twice with Phoenix and won three-straight Pacific Division titles.

He is currently the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.