Professional basketball coaches teach professional basketball players the skills they need to succeed on the court. Most professional basketball coaches have demonstrated a winning record as an assistant or head coach at the college or professional level. Professional basketball coaches run practices, recruit players and call plays during games. These coaches often analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their team as well as those of their opponents. Professional basketball coaches evaluate and keep track of individual performance and create plays that take advantage of their players’ strengths. They often oversee a team of assistant coaches. The following chart gives you an overview about entering this field.