Here you're actually helping make my point, I think. Isaiah Thomas is an exception to almost every rule, but even including him, what you've put up is a series of role players. Not good players, but adequate ones. As HC at Indiana, Knight had the pick of the litter, competing with Kentucky and UNC for the best players in the land. Why didn't he get them? Because he didn't want independent personalities, or because they didn't want him? He did land a bunch of prized recruits over the years, but outside of Thomas, how many of them really blossomed? Kent Benson was a tremendous professional disappointment, Damon Bailey went nowhere. Alan Henderson and Calbert Cheaney both became adequate pros. Not more. These are the sorts of limitations I'm getting at. If he got tremendously talented players, he didn't prepare them to be exceptional at basketball in a further career, by and large. If he got less talented players, he didn't get them to exceed themselves.