The Miami Heat won the NBA title last season often not using a point guard, instead having LeBron James be a point forward.
Where did that come from?
Don Nelson. He popularized the term by using Paul Pressey as a point forward for Milwaukee in the 1980s.
The Heat this season are talking about often playing small ball and being "position-less." Where did that first really blossom?
Try Nellie again. With Golden State in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he played without a tradition center, using a flurry of perimeter guys.
Nelson is one of the great innovators the NBA has seen. Oh, by the way, Nelson, who coached his first game in 1976 and last in 2010, also is the winningest coach in league history with 1,335 victories.
For those reasons alone, Nelson's induction Friday into the Hall of Fame is overdue. No, he never won a championship, and never even took a team to the Finals. But he did enough of everything else, including being named three times NBA Coach of the Year.